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Driving Soma


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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS ABOUT THE AUTHOR INTRODUCTION CHAPTER ONE Is the analyst a person? CHAPTER TWO The repudiation of femininity in analytical listening CHAPTER THREE The psychoanalyst and his/her discontents CHAPTER FOUR The paradoxes of neutrality CHAPTER FIVE The being of the analystCHAPTER SIX The presence of the analyst CHAPTER SEVEN The early shapings of sexuality CHAPTER EIGHT Psychical metabolisations of the body in Piera Aulagnier's theory CHAPTER NINE Auto-engendering and auto-excitation: some hypotheses concerning the qualifying role of the objectCHAPTER TEN The potential impact of psychical processing on the restructuring of neural matterCHAPTER ELEVEN Homeostasis in the process of psychoanalytical treatment CHAPTER TWELVE Psychoanalysis and neurobiology: an imagined dialogue CHAPTER THIRTEEN A thirst from so long ago: soma, body, and early traumas CHAPTER FOURTEEN Pain: a therapeutics of survival? Some elements for further thoughtCHAPTER FIFTEEN Brutality of fact: the power of painting according to Francis BaconNOTES REFERENCES INDEX

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Patrick Miller


'I recommend this book as a profound meditation on the analytic encounter and its potential to assist the analysand to access his or her most painful experiences in the presence of the analyst and make them his or her own. Patrick Milller offers a compelling understanding of the continuous presence of the soma in psychic life and especially in the psychoanalytic process.'- Ana-Maria Rizzuto, MD, Training and Supervising Analyst Emerita, PINE Psychoanalytic Center, Massachusetts, USA'The psycho-somatic reaction one feels in reading Patrick Miller is supplemented with a close, encyclopaedic exposure to psychoanalytic theory at a highly sophisticated level. Miller's deep grasp of difficult issues leaves the reader extremely satisfied because Miller not only sheds new light on known problems, but also breaks new theoretical ground.'- Edward Nersessian, MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College; Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst, New York Psychoanalytic Institute; Director, Helix Center for Multidisciplinary Studies'This fascinating book leads the reader through the complex dynamic, topographic, and structural pathways from soma-body to psychic organisation that includes, specifically, the analyst's somato-psychic presence and subjective intra-psychic work. Patrick Miller's sophisticated discursive capacities enable him to explore in an unbiased way the differences and possible bridges - from a clinical and a conceptual perspective - between Freud, Klein, Bion, Winnicott, and Lacan, amongst others, whilst paying constant attention to the development of the intrasubjective and intersubjective area within the arena of the psychoanalytic process. A strong plea is made for free association, free-floating attention, abstinence, and neutrality as a guarantee of the specificity of the psychoanalytic method in the service of the mutative process - a voyage from the depths of the biological, primal world of drives to representation and symbolisation.'- Jacqueline Amati Mehler, Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst, Italian Psychoanalytic Association; recipient of the Mary S. Sigourney Award, and co-author of The Babel of the Unconscious'In our new digital age, this book is a must-read for every therapist who would be tempted to try internet or Skype therapy. Reading Patrick Miller, one remembers the degree to which one has forgotten the body and its power in the analytic encounter. Miller interrogates our desire to forget. He led me to ask: are we forgetting the body because it is no longer convenient for us to have bodies in the room? Clearly written, profoundly humanistic, his elegant examples and deft theoretical work reframe classical theory in a clear, contemporary light.'- Professor Sherry Turkle, Abby Rockefeller Mauze Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; author of Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other

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