Lives of the Unconscious

Lives of the Unconscious

Podcast on Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

Episode 25: “O Parting, Fountain of all Words.” — Why progress is grounded in loss

Lives of the Unconscious

Attachment, love, always goes hand in hand with losses—thus happiness and sadness are also close relatives. In this episode we will hear more about why separation and loss not only mean suffering, but also play an important role for psychological development.

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Literature Recommendations:

  • Bion, W. (1962). A Theory of Thinking. In: International Journal of Psycho-Analysis 43 (1962).
  • Bowlby, J. (1974). Attachment and Loss. London, UK: Hogarth.
  • Freud, S. (1917). Mourning and Melancholia. The Standard Edition, Volume 14 (1914–1916), 237–58.
  • Haas, E. (1990). Orpheus und Eurydike. Vom Ursprungsmythos des Trauerprozesses. Jahrbuch der Psychoanalyse 26, 230-252.
  • Volkan, V. (1981). Linking objects and linking phenomena : a study of the forms, symptoms, metapsychology, and therapy of complicated mourning. New York, NY, US: International Universities Press.
  • Winnicott, D. W. (1953). Transitional objects and transitional phenomena. International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 34, 89–97

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