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The skin-ego

Didier Anzieu (Author), Naomi Segal (Translator)
The author's concept of the Skin-ego is the answer to questions he regards as crucial to contemporary psychoanalysis: questions of topography which were left incomplete by Freud; the analysis of fantasies of the container as of the contained; issues of touch between mothers and babies.
Print Book, English, 2016
Karnac Books Ltd, London, 2016
xxxviii, 317 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 23 cm.
9781782201007, 9781781814895, 1782201009, 1781814899
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Machine generated contents note: pt. I DISCOVERY
ch. One Epistemological preliminaries
Some general principles
The tactile and cutaneous universe
ch. Two Four sets of data
Ethological data
Data from the theory of groups
Data from projective testing
Dermatological data
ch. Three The notion of a Skin-ego
Mouth-breast and skin-breast
The idea of a Skin-ego
The phantasy of a common skin and its narcissistic and masochistic variants
ch. Four The Greek myth of Marsyas
The socio-cultural framework
The first part of the myth
The second part: the eight mythemes
ch. Five The psychogenesis of the Skin-ego
The double feedback in the mother
child dyadic system
Differences between cognitive and psychoanalytic points of view
Special features of the Skin-ego as an interface
Two clinical examples
ch. Six Two precursors of the theory of the Skin-ego: Freud and Federn Note continued: Freud and the topographical structure of the ego
The speech apparatus
The psychical apparatus
The contact-barriers
The Ego as interface
Refinements to the topographical model of the psychical apparatus
Federn: Ego-feelings and feelings of fluctuation in Ego boundaries
Ego feelings
The feeling of the Ego borders
Feelings of fluctuation in Ego boundaries
The repression of Ego states
ch. Seven The functions of the Skin-ego
The eight functions of the Skin-ego
Attacks against the Skin-ego
Other functions
A case of perverse masochism
Wet wrappings
Three observations
ch. Eight Disturbances of basic sensori-motor distinctions
On the confusion of respiratory fullness and emptiness
ch. Nine Impairments of the structure of the Skin-ego in narcissistic personalities and borderline cases
The structural difference between narcissistic personalities and borderline cases Note continued: A literary example of a narcissistic personality
The phantasy of the double wall
Disturbances of belief and borderline states
ch. Ten The double taboo on touching, the condition for overcoming the Skin-ego
A taboo on touching implied in Freud's work
Christ's explicit prohibition
Touch: three problematics
The prohibitions and their four dualities
From the Skin-ego to the thinking ego
Access to intersensoriality and the creation of a common sense
ch. Eleven The wrapping of sound
Hearing and phonation in infants
Freud's thinking on sound
The mirror of sound
ch. Twelve The thermal wrapping
The wrapping of warmth
The wrapping of cold
ch. Thirteen The olfactory wrapping
The secretion of aggression through the pores of the skin
ch. Fourteen Confusion of qualities of taste Note continued: The love of bitterness and confusion between the digestive and respiratory tracts
ch. Fifteen The second muscular skin
Esther Bick's discovery
Two short stories by Robert Sheckley
ch. Sixteen The wrapping of suffering
Psychoanalysis and pain
Cases of third-degree bums
From the body in abeyance to the body of suffering
ch. Seventeen The film of dreams
Dream and its film
Freud's theory of dreams revisited
The wrapping of excitation, the hysterical basis of all neuroses
The neurophysiology of sleep and the diversity of dream material
ch. Eighteen Summaries and further observations
Origins of the notions of psychical wrapping and psychical skin
Some points about the theory of psychical wrappings (their constitution, development, and changes of form)
Problems of the psychical wrappings
The construction of the psychical wrapping
Appendix Chapter Eighteen from 1985 edition
Further observations Note continued: Mixed configurations
The psychical wrappings of autism
From skin to thought
Table Of Case Studies
Author's note
"Originally published as Le Moi-peau, © Dunod, Paris, 1995"--Title page verso
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