Jorge L. Ahumada
Published December 31, 2001
Reference - 190 Pages
ISBN 9781855752474 - CAT# K378817
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This collection of papers, spanning the last 15 years, presents a spirited defence of Freud's clinical method, considering the "crisis of psychoanalysis" in the wider context of a crisis of reflective thought in society as a whole. Expressing the wish to "clarify and polish the glass through which we see the psychoanalytic experience", Jorge Ahumada seeks to redefine the functions of psychoanalysis for the era of mass media, in which the classic Freudian neuroses have mostly been replaced by what he terms "pathologies of peremptory gratification". 'The Logics of the Mind considers the impact on psychoanalytic theory and practice of the current shift from a culture of the written word to one of 'visual power'; induction, empiricism, and the possibility of establishing a "clinical fact"; acculturation via the media as a spurious substitute for the nuclear family; and television as a pervasive provider of "autistic forms". It discusses a topography of the mind which builds on the work of Wilfred Bion, and the "apparently benign delusion" of one's own goodness.