- Hardcover: 146 pages
- Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 2, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1442231890
- ISBN-13: 978-1442231894
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.6 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,785,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Phantom Narratives: The Unseen Contributions of Culture to Psyche
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Samuel Kimbles’s Phantom Narratives is a masterful work that explores the significant ways in which we are the creations of invisible ('phantom') narratives. The book compellingly develops an understanding of the ways in which invisible cultural phenomena powerfully influence both what we think and the way we think. This form of acculturation limits our ability to understand one another, both in our individual relationships and in groups. The book comes to life not only clinically, but also as a penetrating commentary on important contemporary social issues. This is an outstanding piece of clinical and theoretical work. (Thomas Ogden, MD, The Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California)
That culture is all over psyche is hardly a new discovery, but the specificity of the images that linger to express what has been imposed upon our emotional lives by the cultural past can be startling. Samuel Kimbles is not afraid to take an interest in such phenomena. He knows how to let each phantom tell its story. Because he doesn’t slight the gravitas of what cannot bring itself to be forgotten, he is convincing when he claims that the cultural past may well be sticking around to haunt us because it wants us to imagine a different future. (John Beebe, MD, University of California, San Francisco)
Cultural attitudes are absorbed into our individual concepts of self, and most often we are unaware of the ways in which we have been acculturated. As a consequence, these cultural attitudes operate unconsciously, affecting our own self-perception as well as the way we perceive others. In Phantom Narratives: The Unseen Contributions of Culture to Psyche, Samuel Kimbles argues that it is imperative for a society to question its cultural complexes in order to fully engage the problems a society faces. On an individual level, cultural complex awareness and analysis can permit us to explore the most private and subjective psychic experiences of intergenerational complexes. On a collective level, analysis can alleviate social suffering and other psychic disturbances of the human condition.
About the Author
Samuel Kimbles is a clinical psychologist and Jungian analyst, as well as associate clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco.
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