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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; New Ed edition (July 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158391711X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583917114
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,358,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lavinia Gomez is a psychotherapist in private practice in London.

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Lavinia Gomez is a psychotherapist in private practice in London; she has also written An Introduction to Object Relations. She wrote in the Preface to this 2005 book, "the foundation and legitimation of psychoanalytic thinking are far from resolved; but this is more than a professional or academic concern It speaks to all of us who assume as private individuals that understanding ourselves and others means going deeper than ordinary consciousness can show... [my] intention is to make a specialized field accessible, without oversimplification and without denuding it of its complexity and depth... Psychoanalysis has its own distinct slant on these fundamental philosophical concerns. I hope to communicate the excitement and illumination of bringing these two powerful modes of enquiry together to enhance and extend our professional and everyday thinking and understanding." (Pg. vii-viii)

She observes, "'The Freud Wars' was launched by an uncompromising personal and theoretical attack by a professor of literature and formerly sympathetic proponent of psychoanalysis who had gone on to become its unrelenting critic. Frederick Crews' 'The Unknown Freud' [reprinted in The Memory Wars]... condemns the whole edifice of psychoanalysis as a vast confidence trick played on suggestible patients and an unwary public by an unscrupulous and self-seeking psychoanalytic establishment.
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