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By Diane Lawson

ISBN-10: 1935955934

ISBN-13: 9781935955931

"Diane Lawson's awesome perception into the mysteries and witchcraft of psychoanalysis . . . mixed along with her striking writing abilities makes this a special novel that i discovered most unlikely to place down."—Abraham Verghese, writer of Cutting for Stone

Sigmund Freud could have cherished Dr. Nora Goodman, a pretty forty-something psychoanalyst along with her handful of neurotic sufferers who can't appear to enable themselves happiness, love, or luck. She's no longer precisely a gradual buyer herself, born to a ranting bipolar Talmudic student and a mom with a center as chilly as a slaughterhouse at the Kansas prairie in January. yet now she has young ones and an overbearing psychiatrist husband. She hates him. She hates his insular social global. Nora wishes a brand new lifestyles sans husband, yet what she will get is anything extraordinarily varied. It begins one Monday morning whilst her 8 o'clock sufferer blows himself to smithereens. the subsequent week, one other sufferer dies. The police see the 1st as an twist of fate, the second one a simple suicide. Nora thinks her perform is being distinct via a killer. She hires deepest investigator Mike Ruiz, a tightly wound ex-cop who couldn't care much less for Sigmund. "Oh, Freud," Mike says. "Isn't he dead?" Freud is usually staring at whereas the not likely pair fight to an unforeseen end.

Diane Lawson used to be born and raised in l. a. Russell, Missouri (population 128). She did her undergraduate reports on the college of Missouri, her psychiatric residency at Michael Reese medical institution in Chicago, and her psychoanalytic education on the Institute for Psychoanalysis, additionally in Chicago. She has young ones and lives and practices in San Antonio, Texas.

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The conscious self, therefore, is governed not by the pleasure-principle but by the principle of adjustment to reality, the reality-principle. From this point of view dreams and neurotic symptoms, which we previously analyzed as produced by the conflict between the conscious and unconscious systems, can also be analyzed as produced by the conflict between the pleasure-principle and the reality-principle. 20 On the one hand, dreams, neurotic symptoms, and all other manifestations of the unconscious, such as fantasy, represent in some degree or other a flight or alienation from a reality which is found unbearable.

But this line of thought is not simply inadequate as history; it is inadequate as psychoanalysis. It belongs with Freud's early system of psychoanalysis, with his early theory of the instincts, and with his early (and traditionalist) theory of the human ego. It is true that the implementation of the approach to history adumbrated in Freud's later writings involves great difficulties. l1 From the point of view taken in this book, the development of such a concept is the central problem confronting both psychoanalysis and history.

In the case of the neurotic individual, the goal of psychoanalytical therapy is to free him from the burden of his past, from the burden of his history, the burden which compels him to go on having (and being) a case history. And the method of psychoanalytical therapy is to deepen the historical consciousness of the individual ("fill up the memory-gaps") till he awakens from his own history as from a nightmare. Psychoanalytical consciousness, as a higher stage in the general consciousness of mankind, may be likewise the fulfillment of the historical consciousness, that ever widening and deepening search for origins which has obsessed Western thought ever since the Renaissance.

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