Australasia's Biggest Online Store

We won't be beaten by anyone. Guaranteed

The Quest for Conscience and the Birth of the Mind

Hurry - Only 2 left in stock!
Product Details

Table of Contents

Contents- Conscience and superego and the distinction between them.- The relationship between psychological birth and the development of a healthy or mature conscience.- Conscience and consciousness - the development of a mature conscience as dependent on the capacity for consciousness and the capacity to think.- Obstacles to the development of a healthy conscience.

About the Author

Annie Reiner, Ph.D., Psy.D., L.C.S.W., is an associate member and associate faculty member of The Psychoanalytic Center of California (PCC) in Los Angeles. She maintains a private practice in Beverly Hills, California. Her work was profoundly influenced by the ideas of Wilfred Bion, with whom she studied in the 1970s. Her psychoanalytic writings have been published in various journals and anthologies. In addition to her work and writings as a psychoanalyst, Dr Reiner is an accomplished playwright, poet and painter. She is the author of four books of poems, a book of short stories, and four children's books which she also illustrated. She maintains a private practice in Beverly Hills, California.


'This is a remarkable book. Dr Reiner equates the birth of conscience with the birth of mind, a courageous stance and one that flies in the face of the ethical relativism that permeates our postmodern culture. The implication is very clear that without conscience there can be no authentic mind. Reiner does not just tag conscience onto a framework which it does not fit but knows that a revolutionary new outlook is required which incorporates the metaphysical view reflected in Bion's concept of "O". This perspective is so lacking in psychoanalytical thinking - I mean the one that appreciates that a theoretical framework requires a radical revision for a new datum of experience to be assimilated... This book should give us all a good jolt.'- Neville Symington, author of The Analytic Experience and Narcissism: A New Theory'Reiner's is a quest for clarity: between a maturing "conscience" that organically develops out of a sincere sense of self; the "super ego" (Freud), as an adaptation of the ego; and the harsh, primitive "superior ego" (Bion) that rises from the ashes of early states of dissolution where experience could not be borne and the development of mind has been aborted. Her expedition - through territories of literature, philosophy, science, theology and, most significantly, psychoanalysis - reaches its summit with clinical illustrations made vivid through extensive sequences of dream analysis. Reiner's is a unique and poetic voice that both echoes and extends those who ventured ahead of her.'- Judith L. Mitrani, author of A Framework for the Imaginary and Ordinary People and Extra-ordinary Protections'Dr Reiner has written an outstanding theoretical and clinical discussion of the archaic superego. The work is unusually clear and succinct and I think it will contribute significantly to clinical understanding across theoretical points of view.'- Michael Ian Paul, MD, Los Angeles'In this remarkable work, Dr Annie Reiner explores a hitherto unthought-of perspective on man's moral endowment, and, in so doing, reclaims its lost innocence and positive value for man. After reading the work, one realizes that psychoanalysis had to wait for Bion to shed new light on the numinour or transcendent significance of conscience as opposed to superego. One of the rewardrs one acquires when reading this book is receiving a profound and extensive survey of Bion's contributions... Reiner sees both the capacity to think and the capacity for conscience as mental potentials not yet realized, but which may be helped toward a process of becoming through analytic work.'- Dr James S. Grotstein

Ask a Question About this Product More...
Write your question below:
Look for similar items by category
People also searched for
How Fishpond Works
Fishpond works with suppliers all over the world to bring you a huge selection of products, really great prices, and delivery included on over 25 million products that we sell. We do our best every day to make Fishpond an awesome place for customers to shop and get what they want — all at the best prices online.
Webmasters, Bloggers & Website Owners
You can earn a 5% commission by selling The Quest for Conscience and the Birth of the Mind on your website. It's easy to get started - we will give you example code. After you're set-up, your website can earn you money while you work, play or even sleep! You should start right now!
Authors / Publishers
Are you the Author or Publisher of a book? Or the manufacturer of one of the millions of products that we sell. You can improve sales and grow your revenue by submitting additional information on this title. The better the information we have about a product, the more we will sell!
Item ships from and is sold by, Inc.
Back to top