The Shadow of the Object: Psychoanalysis of the Unthought Known

The Shadow of the Object: Psychoanalysis of the Unthought Known

The Shadow of the Object: Psychoanalysis of the Unthought Known

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.

(Journal of the British Association of Psychotherapists )

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  1. Charlie Sandover "Sandover" said,

    Wrote on September 9, 2012 @ 7:07 am

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    The Luminosity of the Writing, July 23, 2001
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    This review is from: The Shadow of the Object: Psychoanalysis of the Unthought Known (Paperback)

    It would prove very difficult to over-praise this wonderful book. Bollas writes with such lucidity and wit about every topic he touches that I find myself returning to these pages just to re-experience his prose. If you value psychoanalysis performed in the Winnicottian mode, then you owe it to yourself to read this book.

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  2. Walter A. Davis III said,

    Wrote on September 9, 2012 @ 7:10 am

    18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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    A Beautiful Writer, September 5, 2004
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    Charlie Sandover “Sandover” (New York, NY USA) –

    This review is from: The Shadow of the Object: Psychoanalysis of the Unthought Known (Paperback)

    Bollas is a beautiful writer. This early book introduces the main themes of his writing, while avoiding the postmodern obtuseness of his some his more recent writings. A compassionate and wise observer of the human soul, he here relates his knowledge, as it has been won through the mystery and misery he has encountered.

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  3. Anonymous said,

    Wrote on September 9, 2012 @ 7:36 am

    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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    Essential reading, September 18, 2005
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    Walter A. Davis III (grand haven, MI) –
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    This review is from: The Shadow of the Object: Psychoanalysis of the Unthought Known (Paperback)

    Bollas is one of the most important figures in contemporary psychoanalysis and this book is the place to start. The book teems with new discoveries and striking ideas. Most important, it functions as only the best psychoanaltyic books do: it opens the reader to the discovery of their own psyche.

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