By Jeffrey B. Rubin
Explores how psychoanalysis can nurture and vitalize, instead of purely targeting sickness and neuroses.
Psychoanalysts have ordinarily been professional at uncovering what afflicts and damages humans, argues Jeffrey B. Rubin, yet by way of targeting narcissism and perversions, melancholy and sadism, psychoanalysis has all too usually omitted what nourishes and sustains us. In The solid Life, he demonstrates how psychoanalysis could make a profound contribution to the well-lived existence through drawing on a overlooked yet powerful element of psychoanalysis—its capability to light up a psychology of health in addition to disorder. Rubin exhibits that, at its top, psychoanalysis can spotlight either the materials of affection, ethics, creativity, and spirituality, in addition to the hindrances to experiencing them. Exploring the nice existence from this twin point of view offers an vital source for aiding us reside with higher that means and vitality.
“…a choice of considerate and informative essays that try to concentration not just on person psychopathology, yet fairly, on what nourishes and sustains us as lifestyles declaring humans … it's a small gem.” — Journal of faith and Health
“The writer has picked parts of easy significance to string via psychoanalysis and spirituality: love, ethics, and creativity. He discusses very important learn in each one, constructing traces of proposal that bring about own and highbrow improvement. As he went alongside, i discovered myself asserting again and again, 'yes, that is it, that is the method I feel—he's announcing it,' as though, in an intellectually sound manner, he touches center soul chakras, bringing wanted development studies alive. it is a fit, healthy, and complicated booklet. analyzing it really is itself therapeutic.“ — Michael Eigen, writer of Reshaping the Self: Reflections on Renewal via Therapy
“This is a remarkably jargon-free, obtainable, considerate research of the present nation of psychotherapy and its lack of ability or unwillingness to assist humans handle social and person concerns through maintaining their values, spirituality, and creativity. This feels like Dr. Phil, however it isn’t. Rubin takes us on a significant trip during the background, disasters, and potentials of psychoanalysis” — Norman Weiner, nation college of recent York at Oswego
“Lively, realized, and gracefully, even movingly, written, The stable Life not just bargains a provocative and well timed problem to the various dominant assumptions of the psychoanalytic group but additionally offers a compelling imaginative and prescient of ways we will be able to locate that means and pleasure in our lives, even in the course of the fraught and concerned international during which we live.” — David Scott Kastan, outdated Dominion beginning Professor within the Humanities, Columbia college