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Was Dickens Convinced that his Father had Failed him, Despite Loving Him? – V

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Spread the love           Through Joe, Dickens indicts yet finally exonerates his ineffective father. Pip is incredulous that Joe views his wife as a “master-mind”, a judgment that invests her with additional power and rationalises his own passivity. Joe’s abandonment of Pip is less conspicuous than De Lacey’s desertion of the Frankenstein Creature, but both failures are […]


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Charles Dickens Depicts the Outrage of Child Abuse and its Vicious Circle – IV

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Spread the love           On the basis of his admissions and family dynamics, Joe is implicated in his wife’s sadistic treatment of Pip. An abused child, he seems to have chosen a spouse who resembles his abusive father. Unable to defend himself from a battering father, Joe prefers not to defend Pip from a battering stepmother. From […]


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Bowlby: Normal and Pathological Processes of Mourning in Response to Separation and Loss – VIII

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Spread the love           Bowlby looks at human loss and distress on two levels: first, the inevitable grief, anger, and despair that result when ties are broken, and second, the ways we organize ourselves to deal with these painful and often conflictual feelings. Just as in his study of affectional ties Bowlby first searched for regularities in […]


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Bowlby Proposes a Large Array of Potential Pathways at Birth – VI

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Spread the love           Personality disorders derive their form from stages that were normal at some earlier phase of life. In normal development, the individual is thought to progress through the oral, anal, phallic and genital stages. If fixations occur, the person “regresses” back down the ladder. Thus, the various disorders of later life repeat phases of […]


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The Model of Attachment and the Theory of Instinct by Bowlby – III

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Spread the love           Bowlby’s model of attachment is built upon a theory of instinct that is widely accepted by biologists and physiologists but differs radically from that of traditional psychoanalysis. There is disagreement not only over the kind of instincts deemed common to man—for example, instincts for sex or self-preservation— but also over the meaning of […]


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Preamble: John Bowlby Helps Understand Human Behaviour Caught Between Attachments and Separations – I

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Spread the love            The crux of Bowlby’s thesis is that the pains and joys of attachment cannot be reduced to something more primary such as the sexual or death instincts. Just as a child’s love for his mother does not result from the gratification of his oral desires, so the heart-rending expressions of grief quoted […]


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In the Inner Recesses of his Heart: Painting of Rabindranath Tagore in the History of Art

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Spread the love            Rabindranath Tagore’s art combines both Indian and European aspects. The range of colours used in his work are reminiscent of the expressionist era, and Tagore’s style is close to that of Kandinsky, Picasso, and Matisse. It is also influenced by Japanese and Chinese art. It also documents what prominent art historians and […]


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Self-Love and Thomas Hardy: Torn between the Conflicting Claims of Body and Mind – III

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Spread the love           Refined and ethereal—Jude calls her a “phantasmal, bodiless, creature” with hardly any “animal passion” — Sue arouses men mainly to reject them. Torn between the conflicting claims of body and mind, she sacrifices the integrity of both in a futile quest for self-absolution. The pattern of her behaviour suggests defiance, guilt, self-punishment, and abject […]


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Psychotherapy Paradigms in Schizophrenia: Recovering Distorted and Damaged Images – I

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Spread the love            This experience is much different from the difficulty the schizophrenic patient has in retaining from one session to another an image of the psychotherapist in his mind to whom he can speak. Following each session, this image slips away, is damaged, and is distorted. Over and over again, this image must be […]


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A Psychoanalytical Journey is a Voyage into the Minds and Psychological Concepts

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Spread the love           Martin, the author, gets an opportunity to lead an education tour of Turkey through travel grant approved by the university. There are five couples in the group, four married couples and one lesbian couple, and the conversations between them majorly revolve around psychoanalysis and debate surrounding psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychodynamic therapy. Neerja reviews […]


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