(The Good Life: Psychoanalytic Reflection On Love, Ethics, Creativity, And Spirituality) PDF KINDLE » Jeffrey B. Rubin
S there anything left for moral philosophy after the PSYCHOANALYSTS HAVE COMPLETELY OBLITERATED THE MYTH THAT WE ARE have completely obliterated the myth that we are of ourselves in control of our desires rational and consistent Rubin and others believe that there is such a task to be done in community with ourselves meaning our individual discipline and others meaning other disciplines This seems like a worthwhile body of literature that hopefully continues to grow as and analysts give up the myth of psychoanalysis as a science which has all the pessimistic answers and maybe starts to think of the discipline as
Of An Art Which an art which be placed in dialogue with other arts in a uest for figuring out how we want to live how many good lives we can aspire to as we let our internal multi dimensionality meaning our inconsistent and ambivalent experiences drive us toward living creative and textured lives in which we provide spaces for ourselves and others to both love and hate enjoy and become frustrated iss and hit though not too hard and all of the other paradoxes of experience Might we let ourselves feel and live out those feelings in all of the colorful and dangerous and risky ways that that entails Might we give up the myth of one sole good life and instead create many different crazy but not too crazy maybe just crazy enough to eep things interesting existences together Let s reflect on the good and bad light and dark laughter and weeping all of it and maybe create a painting a painting that is our very lives on which all of this crazy shit is thrown like buckets full of dark reds and bright yellows and ocean blues and lofty pinks and grey and black for when things get really messy Let s live life like it is an artwork
A CRAZY ARTWORK IN WHICH PREDETERMINEDcrazy artwork in which predetermined have lost their power and all that is left is a space for each of us to add a new texture and flavor however we want and see what it looks like If we don t like what we ve created we can start again though hopefully having learned from the past that certain paint colors do not mix all too well with others. Alysis can highlight both the ingredients of love ethics creativity and spirituality as well as the obstacles to experiencing them Exploring the good life from this dual perspective provides an indispensable resource for helping us live with greater meaning and vitali. Y been wedded with deeply deconstructive views
of human psychology as manifested in its eagerness to unearth hidden unconscious drives and various psychoses itshuman psychology as manifested in its eagerness to unearth hidden unconscious drives and various psychoses its of a person s conscious experience of themselves and others its focus on the darker sides of life pain suffering neurosis death anxiety depression etc as well as its insistence probably let s be honest for good reason that life is just overall shitty and hard and generally miserable for most of its duration Because of these and many other factors within certain strands of particularly in the classical strand the discipline has typically foregone engaging with whatever insights it might have provided into the uestion of moral philosophy because it is uite frankly completely blinded from even the ability to entertain such ideas It sees moral philosophy as too optimistic too self helpy too wishy washy too unrealistic about the ways in which the unconscious will inevitably problematize any sort of coherent vision we can construct for how we want to live Authors like Jung Bion Winnicott Fromm Eigen Phillips and many others including Rubin in this book beg to differ Although they think psychoanalysis has done a masterful job at exposing the unrealistic views we might have of ourselves such as that we are totally self aware and coherent with who we are that we are one with ourselves that we now what the hell we think and feel etc nevertheless such exposing should not necessarily preclude our ability to look towards the future to create visions of our lives that we wish to aspire toward Perhaps psychoanalysis even after it has problematized a common sense view of our consciousness can still aid us in the uest to living a good life not in some ancient sense that is wedded to assumptions about God the universe Reason Nature ultimate coherence etc but a good life in the modern world for modern persons who now that things are not as they seem who now that we are not one with ourselves who understand that we do not understand ourselves In other words Ood Life he demonstrates how psychoanalysis can make a profound contribution to the well lived life by drawing on a neglected but potent aspect of psychoanalysis its capacity to illuminate a psychology of health as well as illness Rubin shows that at its best psychoan.