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Title: The economy of freedom
Contributor(s): Kaplan, Gisela (author)
Publication Date: 2004
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Abstract: For the better part of two decades Jessica Benjamin has used psychoanalysis and her own creative impulses to theoretically explore the depth of the human psyche. She has perhaps given more emphasis to the affective domain than other writers, and one of her contributions to the ongoing debate is her development of the notion of intersubjectivity and the intersubjective moment. When a subjective position of self is surrendered to another only those two people alone know their situation in a manner no one else can. In the process, "thirdness" is created, as explained in 'Shadow of the Other', as a communicative relationship, and as a way of recognizing difference and tensions between self and another. In her chapter, Jessica Benjamin places before the audience a proposal on how one can intellectually and emotionally transform the dynamics of intrapsychic events (one-person economy, as per Freud) into a two-person economy. As I read her text, the notion of a seesaw comes to mind as an image of the interdependence that will make one or the other respond to each other's emotional states. I come back to this later.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Dialogues on Sexuality, Gender, and Psychoanalysis, p. 173-180
Publisher: Karnac Books
Place of Publication: London
ISBN: 1855753502
Field of Research (FOR): 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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