Cracking Up: The Work of Unconscious Experience

Paperback | July 23, 2003

byChristopher BollasEditorChristopher Bollas

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InBeing a Character, Christopher Bollas argued that Freud's vision of the dream process is a model for all unconscious mental experience. InCracking Uphe extends his exploration of the inner world of human experience and suggests that the rhythm of that experience is vital to individual creativity. It allows us to develop what the author calls a 'separate sense', which we use to assess the meanings of our own experiences and also to attune ourselves sympathetically to the lives of other people.

In this original and thought-provoking book, Bollas examines how people educate one another in the idioms of their unconscious lives and considers the nature and consequences of the traumas that inhibit the freedom to do this. He studies what we mean by the past - is it unchangeable or can history be a creative, open understanding of experience? We come to know who we are by giving form and meaning to our past - yet what do we mean by the self? Bollas' answer suggests yet more ways in which the 'separate sense' expresses each person's unique qualities.

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InBeing a Character, Christopher Bollas argued that Freud's vision of the dream process is a model for all unconscious mental experience. InCracking Uphe extends his exploration of the inner world of human experience and suggests that the rhythm of that experience is vital to individual creativity. It allows us to develop what the auth...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:270 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.9 inPublished:July 23, 2003Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0415122430

ISBN - 13:9780415122436

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Table of Contents

Contents. Introduction. Communications of the Unconscious. A Separate Sense. Dissemination. Preoccupation unto Death. The Functions of History. What Is This Thing Called Self? The Structure of Evil. Cracking Up. References. Index.