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Faces in a Cloud : Intersubjectivity in Personality Theory - George E. Atwood

Faces in a Cloud

Intersubjectivity in Personality Theory

By: George E. Atwood (Editor), Robert D. Stolorow (Editor)

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In this new edition of their now classic work, George Atwood and Robert Stolorow explore the ways in which a theory of personality is influenced and colored by the subjective world of the theorist. Using psychobiographical analyses of Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Wilhelm Reich, and Otto Rank as illustrations, the authors show how the central constructs of personality theories universalize their creators' personal solutions to the nuclear crises and dilemmas of their own life histories. Illuminating the subjective origins of a personality theory does not invalidate the theory, according to Atwood and Stolorow, but rather contributes to establishing the scope of the theory as well as its applicability to particular clinical situations. The first edition of Faces in a Cloud (published in 1979) was the seminal work out of which emerged the now influential theory of intersubjectivity - a framework that calls for a radical revision of all aspects of psychoanalytic thought. This revised edition incorporates significant new material into the psychobiographical analyses and has been completely updated and rewritten to reflect the development of the authors' viewpoint. The terminology used throughout the book to describe personal worlds of experience has been updated and refined in consonance with this contemporary theoretical perspective. The final chapter summarizes key aspects of this new perspective and offers reflections on the subjective origins of intersubjectivity theory itself.

In my judgment, the authors have made a strong case for the proposition that the structure of a theorist's metapsychology will duplicate the structure of his subjective world, laid down mainly by the critical formative events of his life. It is a praiseworthy accomplishment. They have done much to clear the air of metapsychological clouds. They have shown new possibilities for psychoanalysis as a strictly clinical theory. All of these steps bring psychoanalytic thought closer to its observational base, closer also to the humanitarian impulse that underlies the helping professions. -- Robert W. White, Ph.D. The Psychoanalytic Review Faces in a Cloud shows more clearly than anything else I have read the futility of the factionalism that pervades the field of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. -- Michael F. Basch, M.D. The Psychoanalytic Review This is an important work, both for the psychology of personality and for psychoanalytic theory. The authors establish a broad, 'decentered' perspective ... whose purpose is to integrate various theories of personality by acknowledging their inevitable subjectivity, and then using that subjectivity to demarcate the limits of each theory. They provide fascinating psychobiographical case studies of Freud, Jung, Reich, and Rank, in which they demonstrate the relation between the internal world of each author and the major preoccupations and motivational principles of each theory. They convincingly argue that the broad metapsychological abstractions in each theory are defensive or reparative reifications of the internal psychodynamics of each theorist. This book raises important issues and questions for readers at all levels. -- Stephen A. Mitchell, Ph.D. Library Journal

Preface
Personality Theory and Subjectivityp. 1
The Observer is the Observedp. 5
Subjectivity and Validity
The Psychology and Sociology of Knowledge
Decentering in the Genesis of Knowledge
Attempted Circumventions of Subjectivityp. 17
Behaviorism
Methodological Objectivism
Phenomenology
The Case Study Methodp. 27
Structures of the Subjective World
Sigmund Freudp. 35
Ambivalence in Freud's Lifep. 38
Earliest Experiences
Adult Relationshipsp. 45
The Defensive-Restitutive Function of Freud's Theoriesp. 53
Summary and Conclusionsp. 59
Carl Jungp. 61
The Subjective World in Jung's Theoryp. 66
The Collective Unconscious and Archetypes
Self-Dissolution
The Disunited Man
Individuation
The Psychological Origins of Jung's Theoryp. 83
The Genesis of the Secret
Critical Formative Experiences
The Subjectivity of Jung's Theories
Summary and Conclusionsp. 100
Wilhelm Reichp. 101
Thematic Structure of Reich's Worksp. 104
Character Analysis and Orgastic Potency
Political Thought
Biological Research and the Treatment of Cancer
Unidentified Flying Objects
A Pivotal Childhood Traumap. 111
Further Aspects of Reich's Life and Thoughtp. 117
Images of History, Civilization, and Nature
Summary and Conclusionsp. 124
Otto Rankp. 125
Rank's Workp. 128
The Birth Trauma
The Hero
The Double
The Will
Narcissistic Love
Sexual Dread and Self-Dissolution
The Artist
Rank's Lifep. 145
Evidence of Narcissistic Disturbance
Childhood Traumata
Reparative Trends
The Subjectivity of Rank's Theories
Summary and Conclusionsp. 163
From the Subjectivity of Theory to a Theory of Intersubjectivityp. 165
Critiques of Psychoanalytic Metapsychologyp. 168
Metapsychology and the Subjective Worldp. 173
Psychoanalytic Phenomenology and the Theory of Intersubjectivityp. 176
The Unconscious
Analysis of Transference
Metapsychology, Metaphysics, and Intersubjectivityp. 185
The Self
The Mind and the Body
The Real
The Subjectivity of Intersubjectivity Theory
Referencesp. 191
Indexp. 201
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ISBN: 9781568210506
ISBN-10: 1568210507
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 210
Published: 28th January 1994
Publisher: JASON ARONSON INC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.47 x 15.9  x 2.46
Weight (kg): 0.51