The Silence of the Body

As a practice meant to release the subject from the narcissism that informs the concerns and preoccupations of her or his ego, psychoanalysis aims at a transformation of the subject comparable to the Buddha's quest for enlightenment. In order to clarify this subtle and difficult dimension of ps...

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Published in:Journal of religion and health
Main Author: Hill, Melvyn A.
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: [2004]
In:Journal of religion and health
Year: 2004, Volume: 43, Issue: 1, Pages: 29-43
Further subjects:B Silence
B Transformation
B Enlightenment
B Narcissism
B Ego
B Body
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Summary:As a practice meant to release the subject from the narcissism that informs the concerns and preoccupations of her or his ego, psychoanalysis aims at a transformation of the subject comparable to the Buddha's quest for enlightenment. In order to clarify this subtle and difficult dimension of psychoanalytic work, this essay draws upon a clinical example and discusses it in the context of both Freud's and Lacan's ideas about the role of narcissism in the formation of the ego, and the Buddha's doctrine of Anatta, which insists that the concept of the Atman, or self, is based upon an illusory thought.
ISSN:1573-6571
Contains:Enthalten in: Journal of religion and health
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1023/B:JORH.0000009754.72000.6b