Psychoanalysis as Radical Hospitality: Six Perspectives on Turning- to versus Turning- Away

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This book focuses on different forms of turning-to versus turning-away from speech across a range of experiences in clinical treatment and general life. The chapters of this volume deal with the entrapment involved in exile from mother tongue, the parasitic language that uses the other’s language as a linguistic prosthesis, the language of blank mourning which separates the mourner from their mourning, the adhesive identification of the voice and the psychotic split between voice and meaning, the mental hypotonia associated with an internalized object that turns away, and the spectrum between revenge and forgiveness. Each chapter sheds light on a different angle of the psyche’s ability to spot its own leverage point and use it to transcend the infinite varieties of helpless victimhood: from the position of the victim to the position of the witness, from being the object of the narrative to being its subject, and from the position of righteousness to the willingness to forgive and be forgiven. This book is a must read for psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and literary scholars, as well as philosophers of language and of the mind.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages102
ISBN (Electronic)9781040032107
ISBN (Print)9781032715759
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2024

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© 2024 Dana Amir.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology
  • General Medicine


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