Identity Crisis: Modernity, Psychoanalysis and the Self by Stephen Frosh

By Stephen Frosh

Frosh is aware his fabric tremendous good; he increases fascinating questions and provides a few suggestive insights...His interweaving of social conception with psychodynamic rationalization is refined and compelling...The publication is effective for its considerate and knowledgeable insights on modern psychoanalytic theories of the self and its pathologies' modern Psychology identification main issue examines the mental responses of individuals to the excitements and terrors that characterise the fashionable global. starting with an outline of modernist and post-modernist bills of latest existence, it then strikes into targeted discussions of narcissism and psychosis - states of brain that appear to characterise the 'crises of self' to which the fashionable global offers upward thrust. identification obstacle can be of curiosity to scholars in a variety of disciplines together with psychology, sociology, psychoanalysis, politics and cultural experiences.

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So the presumed naturalness of contact between mother and child is broken by the rampaging demands of a society that values things more than people, that (in as poignant a definition of alienation as there can be) understands and treats people as things. This makes it impossible for any individual to experience the full satisfaction of their potential for relationships, and it is this dissatisfaction with personal being and achievement that leads individuals to experience their world in terms of dislocation and unbelonging - again alienated, modern experiences.

But what it contradicts is any sense that there is some underlying intention or purpose to all these glittering surfaces, and, on the individual level, that there is something real and true lying behind the sense of self which is created within each individual. Postmodernism emphasises the fragmented nature of contemporary experience - fragments which are exciting but also meaningless in their interchangeability and lack of significant relationships. From this perspective, it is the image which is the most vibrant metaphor for modern reality: the image as on a television screen, with no substance behind it, creating, playing, disappearing, all in an instant gone.

Meaning does not precede these practices, but is enigmatically created by them: the text is just itself, with nothing behind it - in Barthes' ( 1977, p. 149) famous formulation, 'a text's unity lies not in its origin but in its destination'. Instead of the self, producing its symptomatology as a compromise between underlying impulses and surface necessity, there is the random emission of desires, isolation of the present from the· past and the future, schizophrenic intensification of each moment as it passes as something· completely immediate, intensely exciting and devastatingly unreal.

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