Disappearing Persons: Shame and Appearance

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SUNY Press - 204 páginas
In Disappearing Persons, psychoanalyst Benjamin Kilborne looks at how we control appearance as an attempt to manage or take charge of our feelings. Arguing that the psychology of appearance has not been adequately explored, Kilborne deftly weaves together examples from literature and his own clinical practice to establish shame and appearance as central fears in both literature and life, and describes how shame about appearance can generate not only the wish to disappear but also the fear of disappearing. A hybrid of applied literature and psychoanalysis, Disappearing Persons helps us to understand the roots of the psychocultural crisis confronting our increasingly appearance-oriented, shame-driven society.

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The Contempt of the Queens Dwarf
9
Fantasy Anguish and Misconstrual
25
The Vain Invention of the Onlooker
43
Oedipal Shame Spies and Fantasy
51
Shame and Creativity
59
Deceit Denial Honor and the Rules of the Game
80
Satan Shame and the Fragility of the Self
83
Of Fig Leaves Real and Imagined
109
Notes
133
References
165
Index
181
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Benjamin Kilborne is a practicing psychoanalyst in Massachusetts. He is the coeditor, with L. L. Langness, of Culture and Human Nature.

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