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The Importance of Disappointment - Ian Craib

The Importance of Disappointment

By: Ian Craib

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Published: 22nd September 1994
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Ian Craib brings together the insights of both psychotherapy and sociology to argue that society seems to present new possibilities of living that are in fact illusions. Through the examination of modern theories of death and mourning, contemporary ideas of masculinity, and notions of the self espoused in modern therapies, Craig discusses how we have come to believe that we have rights to aspects of life such as happiness and a fulfilling relationship.
This book discusses how psychoanalysis also becomes caught up in these illusions, offering ideals which are unrealizable, yet paradoxically reinforcing the conditions which lead people to seek help in the first place. Against this, Craib points to the "negative" strands of psychoanalysis: Freud's insistence on "normal human misery;" Klein's insistence on envy and the death instinct; Lacan's insistence on the fragmented nature of the self and the emphasis in British psychoanalysis on helplessness, dependence and paradox. The book shows how, by drawing on such ideas, psychoanalytic therapy can become more than an ideology, offering genuine help to its patients and providing a real source of radical social criticism.

Cutting Out Gingerbread People
The Organisation of Mourning
Psychoanalysis as the Theory of Disappointment
Looking on the Bright Side
The Organisation of Social Life
The Fragmentation of Everyday Life
The Powerful Self and Its Illusions
The Disappointments of Identity: What Sort of Man
The False Self of Late Modernity
The Disappointed Self
The Values of Psychoanalysis
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ISBN: 9780415093835
ISBN-10: 041509383X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 22nd September 1994
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1