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Century of Insight: The Twentieth Century Enlightenment of the Mind

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by Derry MacDiarmid
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Century of Insight: The Twentieth Century Enlightenment of the Mind by Derry MacDiarmid

The story of the discovery of the unconscious mind:: beginning with the ideas of Freud and Jung, it is a journey that describes through case histories, explanation and humour, how successive ideas have created a body of knowledge that the author calls the 'Psychodynamic Enlightenment' of the 20th century.

This historical journey of ideas about the discovery of the unconscious mind is called the Psychodynamic Enlightenment. Whilst essentially it is a story of the 20th century, it includes a backdrop from tribal societies, and also ideas from 19th century Europe, including existentialism.

In Part 1, the ideas of Freud, Jung and Adler are explained, their points of difference, and then how they disagreed so violently that they had to break with each other. Their individual theories and their personal conflict are understood from the story of their personalities and background. Why could Freud not tolerate the expansive Jung, and why did Jung clash so badly with his 'father'?The unfolding story continues with other major theorists of the 20th century: Anna Freud, Klein, Winnicott and others. Links are made between ideas, and concepts are explained using case history from the author's professional practice as a psychiatrist and Jungian psychotherapist.

The book presents the unexpected: the Swinging Sixties in London, or cannibalism in a small tribal society. Prepare to laugh - comic autobiographical detail is included if it adds to our understanding.

In Part 2, the author leaves the world of therapy, and invites us to engage head-on with how anxiety can rule us, the value of hate, why we become depressed and how we can use dreams to understand ourselves. Finally, we learn that the Psychodynamic Enlightenment is our personal quest to find our own capacity to love. The author offers some directions about how to love well, ("love is insatiably greedy") which gives the meaning to life.

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Ebook Details
Pages: 368
Size: 1.4 MB
Publisher: Karnac Books
Date published:   2013
ISBN: 9781781810002 (DRM-EPUB)

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