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Psychoanalysis, Society, and the Inner World


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  1. Applied Psychoanalysis
  2. Object Relations

  4. Relating and Not Relating
  5. Ambivalence about the Self
  6. Moral Defense and Moral Order
  7. The Power of Words

  9. Social Movements and the Method of Introspection
  10. Hate in Groups and the Struggle for Individual Identity
  11. Affordable Care
  12. Truth in Politics

About the Author

David P. Levine is Professor Emeritus at the University of Denver. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University and a Certificate in Psychoanalytic Scholarship from the Colorado Center for Psychoanalytic Studies. He has published extensively in the fields of economics, political economy, and on the application of psychoanalytic ideas to social issues and to the study of organizations.


"I have been privileged to read several of David Levine's books which bring psychoanalytic theory, long misunderstood as applicable only to work with individuals, to a broader audience. In this excellent book, Professor Levine shows how psychoanalytic principles and concepts can be translated meaningfully into the everyday life of us all. He expertly illustrates the applicability of psychoanalysis to society in its broadest sense, and to the organisations and groups of which it is constituted. This is accomplished most notably in Part III and especially the discussion of moral order and of the method of introspection, which follows up on his earlier work, The Capacity for Ethical conduct and deals with matters of increasing importance internationally. Any reader interested in society, politics, and organisational life, cannot but be enriched by this generous and clear contribution."-Dr Stanley Gold, Past President, International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organisations. Member and Consultant for Mental Health Tribunal, Victoria, Australia.

"With so much turmoil and uncertainty in today's world we desperately need the tools to look below the surface for understanding and for thoughts about moving forward that don't rely on simplistic or stale ideas. David Levine offers such a perspective in this wonderful volume. Most importantly he shows how the individual and social intersect and deep levels, and how human vulnerability can be either a source of empathic connection or destructiveness."-James Krantz, Managing Principal, Worklab Consulting; former President, International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations; former faculty, Wharton School of Business and Yale University.

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