Absolute Truth and Unbearable Psychic Pain: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Concrete Experience

1st Edition

Allan Frosch

Routledge
Published December 31, 2012
Reference - 172 Pages
ISBN 9781855757981 - CAT# K378426
Series: CIPS (Confederation of Independent Psychoanalytic Societies) Boundaries of Psychoanalysis

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Summary

The title of this book refers to a particular construction of the world that brooks no uncertainty: 'things are the way I believe them to be'. There is no other way! This can be a real boost to one's confidence - even though this conviction is based solely on our own thoughts or immediate experience. When a group or organization share a one-dimensional view of the world the sense of conviction takes the form of a rigid ideology; and all other perspectives must be eliminated. The counterpart to concreteness, or what many refer to as desymbolized thinking/experience or thing - presentations, is more abstract thinking or "symbolization". Symbolization refers to a process whereby we can meaningfully understand that an event can be looked at from a variety of perspectives. Symbolization makes it possible to look at things in an "as if" way rather than as "true" or absolute. It is a process where we can view our thoughts as objects of our thoughts.

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