A psychoanalytic exploration on sameness and otherness : beyond Babel? / edited by Anne-Marie Schlösser.

  • Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2020.
  • ©2020
xix, 292 pages ; 25 cm.


Summary note
"In dialogue with the most famous myth for the origin of different languages - The Tower of Babel - A Psychoanalytic Exploration on Sameness and Otherness: Beyond Babel provides a series of timely reflections on the themes of sameness and otherness from a contemporary psychoanalytic perspective. How are we dealing with communication and its difficulties, the confusion of tongues and loss of common ground within a European context today? Can we move beyond Babel? Confusion and feared loss of shared values and identity are a major part of the daily work of psychoanalytic psychotherapists. Bringing together an international range psychoanalytic practitioners and researchers, the book is divided into six parts and covers an array of resonant topics, including: language and translation; cultural identity; families and children; the cyber world; the psychotherapeutic process; and migration. Whereas the quest for unity, which underpins the myth of Babel, leads to mystification, simplification and the exclusion of people or things, multilingual communities necessitate mutual understanding through dialogue. This book examines those factors which further or threaten communication, aiming not to reduce but to gain complexity. It suggests that diversification enriches communication and that, by relating to others, we can create something new. As opposed to cultural and linguistic homogeneity, Babel is not only a metaphor for mangled communication, alienation, and distraction, it is also about the acceptance or rejection of differences between self and other. This book will be of great interest to psychoanalytic psychotherapists and researchers from a wide variety of backgrounds"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Part I Translating, understanding and language confusion p. 1
  • 1 Inside Babel p. 3 / Anna Ursula Dreher
  • 2 The gift of Babel p. 20 / Jan Philipp Reemtsma
  • 3 Longing for connection p. 33 / Antje von Boetticher
  • Part II Cultural identity and accepting otherness p. 43
  • 4 What Arab and Jewish school counsellors remember from within-group diversity in academia and how it affects their work p. 45 / Lori Greenberger and Ariela Bairey Ben Ishay
  • 5 Women today: when equality turns into a trap p. 57 / Daniela Lucarelli and Gabriela Tavazza
  • Part III Families and children at risk p. 69
  • 6 Psychoanalytic family therapy of anoraxia nervosa p. 71 / Günter Reich and Antje von Boetticher and Manfred Cierpka+
  • 7 Hello/goodbye new families! Groupwork with looked after siblings p. 81 / Heather Lee Messner and Elizabeth Stevenson
  • 8 The creation of identity: the way to gender distinction and identity in the family p. 95 / Anne Loncan
  • 9 Misunderstanding and confusion: educational and psychotherapeutic work in a kindergarden p. 103 / Christiane Ludwig-Körner
  • Part IV Cyber: new forms of communication p. 111
  • 10 Zoom, Skype, the uncanny third ones and psychotherapy p. 113 / Irmgard Dettbarn
  • 11 Like or dislike: questions and challenges in the consulting room of a 'Society 2.0' p. 127 / Angelo Bonaminio and Domenico Scaringi and Giusy Daniela Spagna
  • Part V Babel in psychotherapy p. 139
  • 12 Is there such a thing as 'Psychoanalytic Identity'? p. 141 / Michael B. Buchholz
  • 13 Is psychoanalysis in a state of 'Babylonian confusion'? p. 160 / Heinrich Deserno
  • 14 Linguistic confusion in the psychoanalytic process: about understanding and communication p. 170 / Anne Laimboeck
  • 15 'To hear significance is to translate' (George Steiner). Psychoanalytic considerations about capabilities and limitations of translation processes in literary and clinical work p. 177 / Angela Mauss-Hanke
  • 16 Sameness and otherness in a group supervision experience p. 197 / Annarita D'Uva and Loreta Negro and Maria Carmela Schiavone and Alessia Serra and Ludovica Grassi
  • 17 Psychic deadness in the consulting room: the role of vitalizing supervision p. 205 / Effie Layou-Lignos and Vassiliki Vassilopoulou
  • 18 Lost and gained in translation: language choice, triangulation and transference with bilingual patients p. 214 / Annette Byford
  • Part VI Migration p. 231
  • 19 "So they walked behind their words": language and sense of self in the process of migration p. 233 / Gisela Zeller-Steinbrich
  • 20 Quest for identity: borderland adolescents with migration background p. 247 / Annette Streeck-Fischer
  • 21 An unequal matrix: Western Germans, Eastern Germans, migrants p. 261 / Jens Preil
  • 22 Accepting otherness to find sameness: when a Jewish child realizes that the therapist is an Arab p. 272 / Caesar Hakim.
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