Brooks, R: Healing is Political


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Healing is Political. The author contends that psychoanalysis must recognize how catastrophe is effecting our patients. The wound of the world opens the patient to their own personal woundedness through which one be wrenched out of the indifference of banal existence into a possibility of political action. The theoretical mechanism (if we may call it that) through which the individual may move from personal concern to political responsiveness is referred to “trans-subjectivity.” Trans-subjectivity is conceptualized as a crucial extra-psychical dimension of sublimation and a psyche-social dynamic that is the precursor to political action. The author adapts a trans-disciplinary approach to support her thesis by critically analyzing psychoanalytic and philosophical sources that background her application in the chapters that follow. These luminaries of the psyche-social include include Carl Jung, Jacques Lacan, Julia Kristeva, Gilbert Simondon and Bernard Stiegler. Included is an introductory reading of Heidegger’s existential analytic of care through which a notion of politicality is defined and used as a touchstone throughout.

Presenter Bio:

Robin McCoy Brooks is a Jungian Analyst in private practice in Seattle, WA. She is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Jungian Studies and serves on the Board of Directors of the International Association for Jungian Studies. Robin is also a founding member of the New School for Analytical Psychology and active analyst member of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. Robin’s book entitled Psychoanalysis, Catastrophe and Social Reform is currently in production (Routledge, 2021, Philosophy and Psychoanalysis Series, Ed. Jon Mills).

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