The Shadow of the Object: Psychoanalysis of the Unthought Known

Paperback | June 14, 1989

byChristopher Bollas

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Basing his view on the object relations theories of the "British School" of psychoanalysis, Christopher Bollas examines the human subject's memories of its earliest experiences (during infancy and childhood) of the object, whether it be mother, father, or self. He explains in well-written and non-technical language how the object can affect the child, or "cast in shadow," without the child being able to process this relation through mental representations of language.

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In The Shadow Of The Object is the exploration of psychoanalysis, of the reliving through language of that which is known but not yet thought.

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Basing his view on the object relations theories of the "British School" of psychoanalysis, Christopher Bollas examines the human subject's memories of its earliest experiences (during infancy and childhood) of the object, whether it be mother, father, or self. He explains in well-written and non-technical language how the object can ...

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In The Shadow Of The Object is the exploration of psychoanalysis, of the reliving through language of that which is known but not yet thought.

Christopher Bollas is Director of Education at the Austen Riggs Center of Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:301 pages, 8.75 × 0.94 × 0.68 inPublished:June 14, 1989Publisher:Columbia University Press

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ISBN - 10:0231066279

ISBN - 13:9780231066273

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Table of Contents

Part I. The Shadow of the Object 1. The transformational object2. The spirit of the object as the hand of fate3. The self as object4. At the other's play: to dream5. The trisexualPart 2. Moods 6. Moods and the conservative process7. Loving hate8. Normotic illness9. Extractive interjectionPart 3. Countertransference 10. The liar11. The psychoanalyst and the hysteric12. Expressive uses of the countertransference13. Self analysis and the countertransference14. Ordinary regression to dependencePart 4. Epilogue 15. The unthought known: early considerations

From Our Editors

In The Shadow Of The Object is the exploration of psychoanalysis, of the reliving through language of that which is known but not yet thought.

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There is much in this book that is wise, clinically perceptive, and thought-provoking. Bollas is clearly exquisitely sensitive to affective nuances as clues to early, preoedipal events and their developmental consequences....Bollas's book is a lucid, creative, balanced... exposition. It deserves a respectful audience.