From Obstacle to Ally

Author: Judith M. Hughes
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113544563X
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From Obstacle to Ally explores the evolution of the theory and practice of psychoanalysis through an investigation of historical examples of clinical practice. Beginning with Freud's experience of the problem of transference, this book is shaped around a series of encounters in which psychoanalysts have managed effectively to negotiate such obstacles and on occasion, convert them into allies. Judith Hughes succeeds in bringing alive the ideas, clinical struggles and evolving practices of some of the most influential psychoanalysts of the last century including Sandor Ferenczi, Anna Freud, Melanie Klein, Wilfred Bion, Betty Joseph and Heinz Kohut. Through an examination of the specific obstacles posed by particular diagnostic categories, it becomes evident that it is often when treatment fails or encounters problems that major advances in psychoanalytic practice are prompted. As well as providing an excellent introduction to the history of fundamental psychoanalytic concepts, From Obstacle to Ally offers an original approach to the study of the processes that have shaped psychoanalytic practice as we know it today and will fascinate practising psychoanalysts and psychotherapists.

Turning the Mind Into an Ally

Author: Sakyong Mipham
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781573223454
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An American Tibetan Buddhist shares stories and wisdom from American culture and Buddhist teachers that illustrate the steps in strengthening, calming, and stabilizing the mind as part of accomplishing one's personal goals. Reprint.


Author: Michael B. Oren
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
ISBN: 0812986423
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Anxiety As an Ally

Author: Dan Ryckert
Publisher: Up to Something Publishing
ISBN: 9780692401514
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After experiencing his first panic attack on New Year's Day of 2003, Dan Ryckert began a 12-year process of learning how to channel panic disorder and generalized anxiety disorder until they became driving forces in his life. Using anxiety as his ally, he was able to land dream jobs within the video game industry and vastly improve the quality of his personal life. In this candid recollection, you'll learn about how he went from having panic attacks during college roll calls to speaking in front of large crowds with minimal interference from anxiety. More importantly, Ryckert details the methods in which he channelled these once-negative conditions until they became a driving force in his life and something he wouldn't get rid of even if he was given the chance.


Author: Ally Condie
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101558466
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Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow. Look for CROSSED, the sequel to MATCHED, in Fall 2011! Watch a Video

Hitler s Forgotten Ally

Author: D. Deletant
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230502091
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This book is the first complete study in English of Antonescu's part in the Second World War. Antonescu was a major ally of Hitler and Romania fielded the third largest Axis army, joined the Tripartite Pact in November 1940 as a sovereign state and participated in the attack on the Soviet Union of 22 June 1941 as an equal partner of Germany.

Wrestling with the Angel

Author: Tracy McNulty
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231537603
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Wrestling with the Angel is a meditation on contemporary political, legal, and social theory from a psychoanalytic perspective. It argues for the enabling function of formal and symbolic constraints in sustaining desire as a source of creativity, innovation, and social change. The book begins by calling for a richer understanding of the psychoanalytic concept of the symbolic and the resources it might offer for an examination of the social link and the political sphere. The symbolic is a crucial dimension of social coexistence but cannot be reduced to the social norms, rules, and practices with which it is so often collapsed. As a dimension of human life that is introduced by language—and thus inescapably "other" with respect to the laws of nature—the symbolic is an undeniable fact of human existence. Yet the same cannot be said of the forms and practices that represent and sustain it. In designating these laws, structures, and practices as "fictions," Jacques Lacan makes clear that the symbolic is a dimension of social life that has to be created and maintained and that can also be displaced, eradicated, or rendered dysfunctional. The symbolic fictions that structure and support the social tie are therefore historicizable, emerging at specific times and in particular contexts and losing their efficacy when circumstances change. They are also fragile and ephemeral, needing to be renewed and reinvented if they are not to become outmoded or ridiculous. Therefore the aim of this study is not to call for a return to traditional symbolic laws but to reflect on the relationship between the symbolic in its most elementary or structural form and the function of constraints and limits. McNulty analyzes examples of "experimental" (as opposed to "normative") articulations of the symbolic and their creative use of formal limits and constraints not as mere prohibitions or rules but as "enabling constraints" that favor the exercise of freedom. The first part examines practices that conceive of subjective freedom as enabled by the struggle with constraints or limits, from the transference that structures the "minimal social link" of psychoanalysis to constrained relationships between two or more people in the context of political and social movements. Examples discussed range from the spiritual practices and social legacies of Moses, Jesus, and Teresa of Avila to the political philosophy of Hannah Arendt and Jacques Rancière. The second part is devoted to legal and political debates surrounding the function of the written law. It isolates the law's function as a symbolic limit or constraint as distinct from its content and representational character. The analysis draws on Mosaic law traditions, the political theology of Paul, and twentieth-century treatments of written law in the work of Carl Schmitt, Walter Benjamin, Sigmund Freud, Pierre Legendre, and Alain Badiou. In conclusion, the study considers the relationship between will and constraint in Kant's aesthetic philosophy and in the experimental literary works of the collective Oulipo.

The Activist s Handbook

Author: Randy Shaw
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520927186
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The Activist's Handbook is a hard-hitting guide to making social change happen. Shaw, a longtime activist for urban issues, shows how positive change can still be accomplished— despite an increasingly grim political order—if activists employ the strategies set forth in this desperately needed primer. In a new preface, Shaw describes how the power of grassroots activism has won newfound respect. Mass protests against globalization and in favor of stricter gun controls have led once-invulnerable targets like the World Bank and the National Rifle Association to take citizen action more seriously. Inspiring "fear and loathing" in politicians, building diverse coalitions, and harnessing the media, the courts, and the electoral process to one's cause are only some of the key tactics Shaw advocates and explains. Central to all social-change activism, Shaw shows, is being proactive: rather than simply reacting to right-wing proposals, activists must develop an agenda and focus their resources on achieving it. The Activist's Handbook details the impact of specific strategies on campaigns across the country: battles over homelessness, the environment, AIDS policies, neighborhood preservation, and school reform among others. Though activist groups can have widely different aims, similar tactics are shown to produce success. Further, the book offers a sophisticated analysis of the American power structure by someone on the front lines. In showing how people can and must make a difference at both local and national levels, this is an indispensable guide not only for activists, but for everyone interested in the future of progressive politics in America.

Abandoning an Ally

Author: James Fitzgerald
ISBN: 9780692482117
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As World War Two ended, President Truman recognized ..".that Chiang's (China's) government fought side by side with us against our common enemy..." Washington records attest that both FDR and HST pledged vast aid to restore and rearm a devastated China. Within months, when Communist insurrection erupted, China urgently requested that promised aid. It was not to be. Two years later, U.S. Ambassador Stuart in China described the situation "America still delays the long promised aid on which survival of democratic institutions depends." And "The Chinese people do not want to become communists, yet they see the tide of communism running irresistibly forward." Ambassador Stuart's reports and other revealing documents have been ignored in material published over the past half-century. There was no vast aid. There was no popular revolt. Washington records, incriminating personal papers, archived news reports and Communist records provide the backbone for Abandoning an Ally, its exposure of the China betrayal and the price paid by young Americans. It was Stalin's second attempt to enslave 20% of the world's population. China was first targeted by Soviet Premier Lenin in 1922 and by 1926 Stalin had Russian advisers imbedded in Sun Yat-sen's (Sun Yixian's) fledging Chinese government. When the Soviets incited their Red Chinese comrades to revolt, a young disciple of Sun moved decisively. Chiang Kai-shek (Jiang Jieshi) stifled the uprisings, deported the Russians and outlawed the Chinese Communist party. China's great economic progress through the early 1930s made her less vulnerable to Stalin's plots but threatened Japan's dominance in Asia. Japan attacked, expecting a quick victory but China would not surrender. Chiang's Army tied down and bled the Japanese Army for three long years before America entered WW2. Meanwhile, Stalin's Asian plotting was interrupted when ally Hitler turned on his Soviet partner. Suddenly, Russia fought for survival and Moscow had no resources for the subversion of China. However, International Communism was thriving. This was an era President Dwight Eisenhower defined as "harrowing decades that partly poisoned our national life." Disciples in the west eagerly took on the Red mission. Their obstacle: full support of China by emerging world super power U.S. would render China invulnerable to Communist overthrow. The only tactic available was the "Big Lie." Propaganda poured forth sanctifying the avowed terrorist who would soon enslave hundreds of millions. Despite his early advocating and use of terror, Mao Tse-tung (Mao Zedong) was acclaimed the "Enlightened leader of agrarian reformers," "The Great Teacher," "The most selfless man ever encountered." Conversely, his opponent, the head of China's government, who rose from defeat and founded a thriving democratic nation, was demonized as a cruel, corrupt despot. A 180 degree character reversal, but the enablers were skilled communicators unhampered by ethics, and their anointed one, Mao, was a master propagandist. The key American in Communism's China strategy was a desk soldier with a talent for impressing politicians and collecting unearned accolades. A peculiar, aloof individual who exhibited less than full commitment to the war effort and consequently lost authority as WW2 progressed. At wars end, a new U.S President awarded him authority over U.S. - China relations. The indifferent conference room warrior of WW2 found new levels of commitment and sacrificed all ethics in order to seal China's fate. Dwight Eisenhower said we will never forget the "Harrowing decades that partly poisoned our national life." But until now, a half century later, the betrayers responsible for the death of tens of thousands of Americans and tens of millions of Chinese have been protected by a pervasive, drastic distortion of documented history. The victims of history's deadliest betrayal deserve a true accounting.