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- Productive Hate
Some weeks back, I discussed the connection of flow—- as the integrative, passionate engagement of competence and skills toward a discrete task —- with an internal, late-life correlate to the mother-child relationship, now freed from external dependency on institutional facilitation or permission. That is, the freedom to demonstrate pleasurably one’s skills and competence. Certainly, from [...]
- A Pluralistic Unconscious
Sometimes, reading too much psychoanalytic theory leaves me confused: a psychic stomach ache. And recently, trolling through a plenitude of historical papers, following the “Controversial Discussions” (those who know will know…), had left me, well, feeling rather claustrophobic! That’s where Christopher Bollas’ The Infinite Question opened the door: rather lyrically, he traces an unconscious beyond [...]
- When Internal Space Meets the Outside
It was one of those perfect days. And I chanced to fall asleep, mid-afternoon. Waking, looking out at a perfectly placid and receptive Manhattan, I had one of those connective moments of thought that are each time, new and precious. It connected “flow”, that psychological sense of competence, challenge and contentment, with another, more developmental [...]