A Felt Sense: More Explorations of Psychoanalysis and by Michael Eigen

By Michael Eigen

This publication alternatives up the place Kabbalah and Psychoanalysis (2012) left off. it's in line with elevated transcriptions of seminars given for the recent York college Postdoctoral software Contemplative reports undertaking. As famous in Kabbalah and Psychoanalysis, W. R. Bion as soon as acknowledged that he makes use of the Kabbalah as a framework for psychoanalysis. This ebook enlarges the interior feel of this assertion. The seminars depict difficult intertwining of methods in psychoanalysis and Kabbalah, methods vital in aiding us stay extra richly. non secular language is helping deliver out nuances of mental states and psychology is helping make the language of the spirit extra significant to emotional issues today.

Bion and Winnicott are the most psychoanalytic heroes of this paintings, each one including richness to a “root feel” out of which their scientific and written paintings develop. A felt experience spans many dimensions, traversing sensory existence, very important sensing, logic, the feel of language, cultural sensing, instinct, Freud’s use of awareness as a feeling organ of psychical notion, and different traits nonetheless unknown.

Case descriptions contain prolonged paintings with an alcoholic guy, beginning new paths to residing, and a close account of assisting an artistic, tormented lady die good. elements of psychosis, creativity, mysticism and way of life mix and feature a say. the main target is psychic fact, with psychoanalysis and Kabbalah instruments during this nice firm of studying to paintings with ourselves.

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Often you cannot tell—is this destructive or going to turn out well? Is this something you wait for in hope of a reversal? Even if there is an inkling of birth in progress, what kind of baby would be born? A therapy monster? Therapy is filled with doubt. What happened was a revelation for me as well as Abe. Therapy as revelation, slow hard work that, paradoxically, takes one somewhere one did not know existed, not in a lived way, not for oneself. Little by little, working with people like Abe, I learned how a melding of faith and catastrophe hold personality together, a double link, mixed ingredients of experience.

It is not just that the reality of the other is lost. The reality of the self is lost. This coheres with the emphasis by Winnicott on depersonalisation as well as derealisation. It is not simply the world that is unreal, I am unreal. Loss of self-feeling. My “I” does not feel its own realness. This might sound like a moment on the path to enlightenment and certainly is an experience that has been expressed by many since antiquity. But here it is awful, forcing the person away from meaningful participation in his or her own life.

I’d like to comment briefly on the distinction–union structure which runs through our dualities. Dualities are connected in their distinctness and distinct in their connectedness. ” We have difficulty making room for coexisting states, many-sided simultaneities. Binaries are in varied relationships with each other. They can be experienced as oscillating, antagonistic, reversible, symbiotic, co-nourishing, fused, parallel, indistinguishable. They can organise into more or less enduring patterns of relationships.

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