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    Wild Analysis: From the Couch to Cultural and Political Life

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    This book argues that the notion of ‘wild’ analysis, a term coined by Freud to denote the use of would-be psychoanalytic notions, diagnoses, and treatment by an individual who has not undergone psychoanalytic training, also provides us with a striking new way of exploring the limits of psychoanalysis.

     

     


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    Danse Macabre and Other Stories: A Psychoanalytic Perspective on Global Dynamics

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    Danse Macabre and Other Stories: A Psychoanalytic Perspective on Global Dynamics examines the world using a systemic and psychoanalytic lens, including concepts of splitting, separation, projection, displacement, and the return of the repressed.


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    For Goodness Sake: Bravery, Patriotism and Identity

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    The perfect book for these unprecedented times, as we all need to find our own inner resources to face whatever lies ahead.


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