The Self-Restorative Power of Music: A Psychological Perspective (Psychoanalytic Inquiry Book) (Paperback)

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This book explores how we can understand the place of music from a self psychological perspective, by investigating three journeys: the one we take when listening to music, the literal journey of the author from Nazi Germany to the United States, and the subjective round-trip between the past and the present.

Drawing on the work of Heinz Kohut, the author examines how music can provide us with a way to reconnect with a sense of self, and how this can manifest in psychological and physical ways. There is particular reference to the work of Richard Wagner, Cole Porter, and Richard Strauss, and an examination of how their music enabled them, in times of stress and crisis, to restore and maintain a more positive sense of self. Finally, the book looks back at the author's own experiences of music and the place of music in the Jewish world.

With clinical excerpts, personal narrative, and sophisticated psychoanalytic insights, this book will appeal to all psychoanalysts wanting to understand the place of music in shaping the psyche, as well as music scholars wishing to gain a deeper appreciation of the psychology of music.

About the Author

Frank M. Lachmann, Ph.D., a psychoanalyst and Founding Faculty of the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity is author or co-author of more than 160 journal publications and books. He is the sole author of Transforming Aggression, and Transforming Narcissism and honorary member of the Vienna Circle for Self Psychology, the William Alanson White Society, and the American Psychoanalytic Association.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781032007847
ISBN-10: 1032007842
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: October 19th, 2021
Pages: 118
Language: English
Series: Psychoanalytic Inquiry Book