(The Good Life: Psychoanalytic Reflection On Love, Ethics, Creativity, And Spirituality) PDF NEW Æ Jeffrey B. Rubin
I read this book because it was endorsed by Michael Eigen a psychoanalyst whom I have been spending a lot of time reading and learning from lately The title stood out to me because of my deep interest in philosophy in eneral and uestions about meaning and #ethics specifically especially when these sorts of uandaries # specifically especially when these sorts of uandaries taken up by specialists who spend their entire lives reflecting and feeling the deepest subjective sides of our human existence namely psychoanalystsRubin a practicing analyst for multiple decades speaks from his own personal experience as an analyst and his readings of various thinkers in many intellectual disciplines from philosophy psychoanalysis spiritualityreligion literature poetry etc and brings them together to engage the classic philosophical uestion about how to live a ood life The book is made up of 5 chapters which tackle different topics creativity ethics love spirituality and the Good Life He blends his conviction that some lives are simply better than others meaning fulfilling enriching holistic vital etc with his eually felt conviction that there is no such thing as one ood life Psychoanalysis on his account and I take it that he has been influenced by various other thinkers like Eigen Phillips Bion Winnicott etc whom he references throughout this book cannot offer any Platonic blueprints to *how to live We must in a very literal sense make it up as we o along Psychoanalysis thus is not *to live We must in a very literal sense make it up as we o along Psychoanalysis thus is not science it is an art Rubin s The Lives of Stay-at-Home Fathers: Masculinity, Carework and Fatherhood in the United States goal is to perhaps use his psychoanalytic training to help persons figure out how to live the lives they want to live without closing down a person s openness to changerow adapt and reconstrue that life Perhaps psychoanalysis can be used to help us think about what kind of people we want to become rather than only tell us how we have become who we already are This hope may be labelled as blind optimism and totally against the spirit of psychoanalysis by some And Rubin spends much of the book challenging such dissenters The point though for Rubin is that psychoanalysis has traditionall. Psychoanalysts have traditionally been expert at uncovering what afflicts and damages people argues Jeffrey B Rubin but by focusing on narcissism and perversions depression and sadism psychoanalysis has all too often disregarded what nourishes and sustains us In The ,
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WE ARE CONSCIOUS OF OURSELVES INare conscious of ourselves in of our desires rational and consistent Rubin and others believe that there is such *A Task To Be Done In Community *task to be done in community ourselves meaning our individual discipline and others meaning other disciplines This seems like a worthwhile body of literature that hopefully continues to row as and analysts ive up the myth of psychoanalysis as a science which has all the pessimistic answers and maybe starts to think of the discipline as of an art which should be placed in dialogue with other arts in a uest for figuring out how we want to live how many Gone: The Disappearance of Claudia Lawrence and Her Father's Desperate Search for the Truth good lives we can aspire to as we let our internal multi dimensionality meaning our inconsistent and ambivalent experiences drive us toward living creative and textured lives in which we provide spaces for ourselves and others to both love and hate enjoy and become frustrated kiss and hit though not too hard and all of the other paradoxes of experience Might we let ourselves feel and live out those feelings in all of the colorful and dangerous and risky ways that that entails Might weive up the myth of one sole 1,000 Awesome Writing Prompts good life and instead create many different crazy but not too crazy maybe just crazy enough to keep things interesting existences together Let s reflect on theood and bad light and dark laughter and weeping all of it and maybe create a painting a painting that is our very lives on which all of this crazy shit is thrown like buckets full of dark reds and bright yellows and ocean blues and lofty pinks and Moonrise (Snowfall, grey and black for when thingset really messy Let s live life like it is an artwork a crazy artwork in which predetermined structures have lost their power and all that is left is a space for each of us to add a new texture and flavor however we want and see what it looks like If we don t like what we ve created we can start again though hopefully having learned from the past that certain paint colors do not mix all too well with others. Alysis can highlight both the ingredients of love ethics creativity and spirituality as well as the obstacles to experiencing them Exploring the ood life from this dual perspective provides an indispensable resource for helping us live with reater meaning and vitali. Y been wedded with deeply deconstructive views of human psychology *as manifested in its eagerness to unearth hidden unconscious drives and various psychoses its suspicion a person s conscious *manifested in its eagerness to unearth hidden unconscious drives and psychoses its suspicion of a person s conscious of themselves and others its focus on the darker sides of life pain suffering neurosis death anxiety depression etc as well as its insistence probably let s be honest for Hello, Snow! good reason that life is just overall shitty and hard andenerally miserable for most of its duration Because of these and many other factors within certain strands of psychoanalysis particularly in the classical Freudian strand the discipline has typically foregone engaging with whatever insights it might have provided into the uestion of moral philosophy because it is uite frankly completely blinded from even the ability to entertain such ideas It sees moral philosophy as too optimistic too self helpy too wishy washy too unrealistic about the ways in which the unconscious will inevitably problematize any sort of coherent vision we can construct for how we want to live Authors like Jung Bion Winnicott Fromm Eigen Phillips and many others including Rubin in this book beg to differ Although
They Think Psychoanalysis Hasthink psychoanalysis has a masterful job at exposing the unrealistic views we might have of ourselves such as that we are totally self aware and coherent with who we are that we are one with ourselves that we know what the hell we think and feel etc nevertheless such exposing should not necessarily preclude our ability to look towards the future to create visions of our lives that we wish to aspire toward Perhaps psychoanalysis even after it has problematized a common sense view of our consciousness can still aid us in the uest to living a A Little Dinner Before the Play good life not in some ancient sense that is wedded to assumptions about God the universe Reason Nature ultimate coherence etc but aood life in the modern world for modern persons who know that things are not as they seem who know that we are not one with ourselves who understand that we do not understand ourselves In other words Ood Life he demonstrates how psychoanalysis can make a profound contribution to the well lived life by drawing on a neglected but potent aspect of psychoanalysis its capacity to illuminate a psychology of health as well as illness Rubin shows that at its best psychoan.