- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (December 15, 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415007879
- ISBN-13: 978-0415007870
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #614,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"There is a specificity and tightness . . . that is compelling . . . an excellent complement to Jung's historical reflections and alchemical studies."
"You have, in my opinion, produced one of the wisest and most compellingly urgent books I have encountered in a long while. Thank you for this book."
-Alice Jardine, Department of Romance Language and Literature, Harvard University
"The cast of characters assembled in Romanyshyn's tale--from things such as the telescope, television, and the telephone, to ideas like the vanishing and the distance points, to figures such as Brunelleschi and Alberti, Galileo and Harvey, Mesmer and Freud--is as impressive as the story he tells is persuasive. The author asks us to take nothing on his word but deftly directs us to our own images on art and in life, in history and in the present day."
-"The Humanistic Psychologist, Autumn 1990
." . . a rare achievement."
-"Times Literary Supplement, July 1990
." . . any psychology that would be a psychology of culture must include an appraisal of technology as a psychological event. This is precisely what Romanyshyn has done by seeing technology as both symptom and dream in this remarkable work."
About the Author
Robert D. Romanyshyn, professor of psychology at the University of Dallas, also teaches in the Arts and Humanities program at the University of Texas at Dallas, and is practising clinical psychologist. Author of Psychological Life: From Science to Metaphor, he has lectured and taught at numerous universities in the USA, Europe, and Africa.
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In this volume, Romanyshyn looks at a our propensity as culture to look at life from a very monucular linear perspective. He borrows many analogies from art and this is helpful in understanding his ideas.
Basically, this book deals with our alienation from our bodies, nature and what makes us basically human. He claims much of this evolved out of Cartesian dualism and ties it in to the development of perspective in painting and the rise of technology.
I enjoyed many aspect of this book, but at times found the repitition and verbose language frustrating. However, the underlying premises and arguments seemed to hold. In short, I think this book needed more exacting editing. If this was the case, I would give it a much higher rated review.
If we can understand that our cultural body/mind disconnect began with the advent of linear perspective in art (leading us to observe rather than to flower into being) and the anatomical perspective in western medicine (leading us to experience the body as an assemblage of parts instead of an integrated whole), we can individually begin to reconnect ourselves back to the earth and to our bodies - begin to live more intuitively and soulfully in the cosmos.
Though technical in nature, this book enthralled me, and remains one of the best books on my shelves.