Psychology

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The Trauma Controversy

Provides multiple and accessible perspectives on trauma both as a condition and as a cultural phenomenon.

Perpetual Adolescence

Explores the arrested development of American culture.

A World of Fragile Things

Psychoanalytic perspective on what Western philosophers from Socrates to Foucault have called “the art of living.”

Shared Obliviousness in Family Systems

Introduces the concept of obliviousness to the consideration of family systems—what do families choose to ignore and why and how they do so.

French Interpretations of Heidegger

A sustained philosophical engagement with significant and creative French interpreters of Heidegger.

The Participatory Turn

Cuts through traditional debates to argue that religious phenomena are cocreated by human cognition and a generative spiritual power.

Unspeakable Secrets and the Psychoanalysis of Culture

Explores the radical political potential of close reading to make the case for a new and invigorated psychoanalytic cultural studies.

Depression and Narrative

Edited by Hilary Clark
Introduction by Hilary Clark
Notes by Hilary Clark
Subjects: Psychology

How the story of depression gets told in print, on screen, and online.

When Play Was Play

A celebration of childhood pick-up games.

The Order of Joy

Provocative exploration of a new concept of “joy” within psychoanalytic and cultural studies.

Death in the Classroom

By Jeffrey Berman
Subjects: Psychology

Shows how death education can be brought from the healing professions to the literature classroom.

Romantic Psychoanalysis

By Joel Faflak
Subjects: Literature

How the Romantics invented psychoanalysis in advance of Freud.

Lacan, Language, and Philosophy

Clinical and philosophical perspectives on key issues and debates in Lacanian psychoanalysis.

The Living Classroom

Describes the emergence of powerful fields of consciousness that influence students’ learning and personal transformation.

Signifiers and Acts

Situates Lacan’s theory of the subject within contemporary philosophical debates over freedom and agency.

The Comedy of Philosophy

Melds philosophical analysis with early cinematic history to develop a fresh theory of the notion of comedy.

A Diary of Gastric Bypass Surgery

The story of one African American woman’s decision to undergo gastric bypass surgery.

Dreamworlds of Shamanism and Tibetan Buddhism

By Angela Sumegi
Subjects: Psychology

Explores shamanic and Tibetan Buddhist attitudes toward dreams.

The Anorexic Self

Critically examines diagnostic and popular discourses on eating disorders.

Psychoanalysis and Narrative Medicine

Contributors explore the significance of literature and psychoanalysis for medical education and practice.

Sarah Kofman's Corpus

Draws connections between the life and writings of philosopher Sarah Kofman.

Taking America Off Drugs

Argues for the superiority of behavioral treatments over drug therapies for psychological problems.

The Empathic Ground

Brings Asian theories of consciousness into dialogue with Western psychotherapeutic practices.

The Future of Psychoanalysis

Addresses the problem of multiple theories of psychoanalysis, arguing for a return to Freud.

Dreaming about the Divine

Explores the role of dreams in spiritual work.

Integral Psychology

A bold new view of the human psyche, integrating Eastern and Western approaches.

Revelations of Chance

Explores the plausibility and value of viewing synchronicity as a form of spiritual experience.

The Later Lacan

Examines fundamental concepts of the later Lacan.

The Syndetic Paradigm

Offers a new theoretical paradigm that goes beyond the limitations of Freudian and Jungian psychological models.

Jamaica Kincaid

Offers a new perspective on the psychological and affective dynamics of Jamaica Kincaid’s fiction and nonfiction.

Language and Politics in Julia Kristeva

Explores the political implications of Kristeva’s theoretical and fictional writings.

Holistic Learning and Spirituality in Education

Explores the theory, practice, and poetics of spiritual and holistic education.

Risking Difference

Looks at the dynamics of identification, envy, and idealization in fictional narratives by Margaret Atwood, Angela Carter, Sandra Cisneros, Toni Morrison, and others, as well as in nonfictional accounts of cross-race relations by white feminists and feminists of color.

Lacan in the German-Speaking World

Addresses Lacan's reception in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, offering new perspectives for American readers.

Confronting Evil

By Fred Emil Katz
Subjects: Psychology

Using insights from behavioral science, a Holocaust survivor explores how evil actions can seem "moral" to the perpetrators and how we must alter our thinking to prevent this.

The Transcendent Function

By Jeffrey C. Miller
Foreword by Joan Chodorow
Subjects: Psychology

A close examination of the heart of Jung's theory of psychological growth and individuation.

Post-Jungian Criticism

Rereads Jung in light of contemporary theoretical concerns, and offers a variety of examples of post-Jungian literary and cultural criticism.

Embodied Spirituality in a Sacred World

Presents an account of human development from a depth-psychological, transpersonal perspective.

Ken Wilber

The first comprehensive overview of the life and thought of the American philosopher Ken Wilber.

Human Experience

Proposes that philosophy is the proper cure for neurosis.

Dreaming and the Self

Anthropological perspectives on dreams around the world.

Rereading George Eliot

A noted Eliot scholar explores how we become different interpreters of literature as we undergo psychological change.

Encountering Buddhism

Practicing psychologists explore the mutual impact of Buddhist teachings and psychology in their lives and practice.

About Psychology

A critical and historical overview of psychology.

Freud and Faith

Explores how religious believers can—and why they should—engage the work of Sigmund Freud, despite his well-known dismissal of faith.

Tales for the Dying

Explores death and dying in the Bhagavata-Purana and in the Indian religious imagination using insights from myth, semiotics, and depth psychology as well as the Indian commentarial tradition.

Clinical Assessment and Substance Abuse Treatment

Evaluates drug and alcohol abuse treatment systems and their effects on individual alcohol and drug abusers.

After Lacan

The authors use examples from their own clinical practice to explain the development of Lacanian theory.

The Last Resistance

A fundamentally new examination of the controversies raging around psychoanalysis.

Becoming Good Parents

Argues that our struggle to become good parents can help us to become good persons.

Moments of Meeting

Tells the story of the relationship between two of the last century's foremost scholars of dialogue, philosopher Martin Buber and psychotherapist Carl Rogers.

Understanding Early Adolescent Self and Identity

Addresses adolescent identity issues and suggests practical approaches to facilitate development and adjustment.

The Endtime Family

A fascinating examination of a religious counterculture group showing how it differs from mainstream society, yet is similar in other ways.

Extraordinary Dreams and How to Work with Them

Discusses extraordinary dreams and offers suggestions for interpreting and appreciating your own extraordinary dreams.

Mistaken Identity

This “unauthorized biography” of cognitive neuroscience unveils hidden errors in current mind-body accounts and sheds new light on basic scientific issues.

Beyond Friendship and Eros

Explores deep intimate personal relationships between men and women.

If Life Is a Game, How Come I'm Not Having Fun?

Advocates applying a spirit of play to everyday life.

New Perspectives on Narrative Perspective

Offers an interdisciplinary approach to narrative perspective, with essays by leading scholars of literary studies, cognitive psychology, linguistics, philosophy, and film and media criticism.

Canal Town Youth

A poignant study of how a group of poor white urban youth find respite from poverty, violence, and racism in a local community center.

Dark Light

Reveals the effects of the cultural unconscious or "world soul" in human experience.

Literary Trauma

Examines representations of political, psychological, and sexual violence in seven novels by American women.

Psychology of the Future

Summarizes Grof's experiences and observations from more than forty years of research into non-ordinary states of consciousness.

Between Conviction and Uncertainty

Explores the philosophical context within which psychotherapy functions.

Gestural Politics

Explores James Joyce's use of parody and humor in his representation of women, gays, and Irish nationalism, and discusses how his complex attitude toward parody and stereotyping is related to his aesthetic vision.

Precursors of an African Genesis Model of Helping

Presents the theoretical dimension of three decades of research on African-derived concepts of helping.

Gambling, Game, and Psyche

The fate of the hero-gambler, as described by Dostoevsky, Balzac, Poe, and others, is the focus of this unprecedented exploration of gambling and the human psyche.

The Return of the Repressed

Examines the psychological, cultural, and political implications of Gothic fiction, and helps to explain why horror writers and filmmakers have found such large and receptive audiences eager for the experience of being scared out of their wits.

Who Is My Neighbor?

Points the way toward a world in which we might feel more connected to and responsible for each other.

Mysticism, Mind, Consciousness

Challenges the prevailing view that mystical experience is shaped by language and culture and argues that mystical experience is a direct encounter with consciousness itself.

The Psychology of Human Possibility and Constraint

Resolves the fundamental debate between cognitivists and social constructionists concerning the metaphysics of human psychology, and offers new insights into therapy, education, and creativity.

Anger, Madness, and the Daimonic

Explores the links between anger, rage, violence, evil, and creativity and describes a dynamic therapeutic approach that can help channel anger and violent impulses into constructive and creative activity.

Mystical Moments and Unitive Thinking

By Dan Merkur
Subjects: Psychology

Provides an alternative to the traditional psychoanalytic explanation of mystical experience by viewing unitive thinking as a line of cognitive development and mystical moments as creative inspirations on unitive ideas.

Hemingway's Fetishism

Demonstrates in painstaking detail and with reference to stunning new archival evidence how fetishism was crucial to the construction and negotiation of identity and gender in Hemingway's life and fiction.

Trials of the Visionary Mind

A comprehensive summary of the author's revolutionary approach to psychosis.

Shelley's Mirrors of Love

Examines the myths and realities of narcissism in the life and work of Percy Bysshe Shelley, and explores how Shelley combated what he called “the principle of Self” by embracing the ideals of Christlike self-sacrifice and sisterly love.

The Paradox of Power and Weakness

Offers an alternative paradigm for psychology, one that reflects Levinas's criticism of a self-centered notion of identity. Reveals the secret of an "authentic" altruism through a phenomenology of both power and weakness, and of the paradoxes of the weakness of power and the power of weakness.

Religion and the Human Sciences

Proposes a new paradigm for interdisciplinary studies by applying the thought of Bernard Lonergan to define spirituality as the missing link between religion and theology.

The Ecstatic Imagination

By Dan Merkur
Subjects: Psychology

Presents the first comprehensive survey of the varieties of psychedelic experience since 1975.

Psychotherapy and Spirit

The first concise overview of transpersonal psychotherapy.

Clinical Studies in Transpersonal Psychotherapy

Demonstrates the dramatic results of blending the traditional with the transpersonal approach to psychoanalysis.

The Primal Wound

Argues that a primal wounding of the human spirit occurs in earliest human life that disrupts fundamental relationships and leads to anxiety, loneliness, and alienation; and shows how this wounding can be redeemed through therapy and through living one's life differently.

Anthropomorphism, Anecdotes, and Animals

Evaluates the significance and usefulness of anthropomorphism for the scientific understanding of animals by presenting diverse ideas from historians, philosophers, anthropologists, primatologists, psychologists, behaviorists, and ethologists.

Melville, Shame, and the Evil Eye

Offers a complex analysis of the psychodynamic role of shame in Melville's work, with detailed readings of Moby-Dick, Pierre, and "Billy Budd. "

Among All These Dreamers

This multidisciplinary volume examines the cultural and social relevance of dream studies, looking at various ways that the field can contribute to the resolution of the modern West's most troubling social ...

Disseminating Lacan

Brings together parts of the Lacanian discourse that have remained isolated in their respective research areas and outlines the shape of Lacanian discourse, showing the relation of Lacan's thought to philosophy, science, literature and aesthetics, gender and sexuality, and psychoanalytic theory.

Visionary Worlds

Considers the role and significance of imagination and the myth-making processes that engage human beings in constructing a viable, living world of meaningful relations, beliefs and social interactions.

Conscience at War

An exploration of the moral and intellectual conflict of Israeli citizens who have resisted military service, and of how they justify their choices of action.

Changes of Mind

An original theory of the development of consciousness that brings together research from neurology, new-paradigm studies, psychology, and mysticism.

Lacan, Politics, Aesthetics

This is an anthology of psychoanalytic criticism applied to the wider field of cultural studies including class, gender, representation, ideology, and law.

In Search of Dreams

A scientifically sound and thoroughly comprehensible account of what laboratory study has revealed about dreams and dreaming.

Transferring to America

This book uses recent psychoanalytic theory to analyze the work of three contemporary scholars--Harold Bloom, Stanley Cavell, and Sacvan Bercovitch--while viewing their work as expressing Jewish immigrant desires for integration into American culture.

Ecologies of Knowledge

This collection of articles provides a comprehensive overview of personal and public issues related to social change and how they shape scientific and technical knowledge.

Dream Reader

A comprehensive survey of contemporary approaches to understanding dreams. If you can have only one book on dreams, this is the one to have.

Arguing About Sex

By Joseph Monti
Subjects: Psychology

This book is about current issues in sexual morality, the Christian church, and moral argument in late modernity.

On Losing the Soul

Edited by Richard K. Fenn & Donald Capps
Subjects: Psychology

This book introduces the notion of the soul and explores some of the indications, causes, and consequences for its being missing, especially in discussions of individuality.

Culture in Action

By Steve Derne
Subjects: Psychology

By examining how Hindu men talk about marriage and family, this book shows how culture reinforces male dominance in Hindu society.

How to Live Well

By Takehisa Kora
Subjects: Psychology

Showing the charm, wisdom, and delicacy of a mature Japanese healer, this book presents useful and very practical techniques for relieving the suffering of neurosis. It explains the fundamental principles ...

The Ego and the Dynamic Ground

This book maps the course of human development from the earliest stages of ego development to the highest stages of ego transcendence.

Identification and Character

This book tells the reader all about psychological identification, the single most important process for becoming, maintaining, or changing who we are as characters. The book's emphasis, though, is decidedly ...