The Shadow of the Object

Psychoanalysis of the Unthought Known

Christopher Bollas

Columbia University Press

The Shadow of the Object

Pub Date: June 1989

ISBN: 9780231066273

301 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $36.00£28.00

The Shadow of the Object

Psychoanalysis of the Unthought Known

Christopher Bollas

Columbia University Press

Basing his view on the object relations theories of the "British School" of psychoanalysis, Christopher Bollas examines the human subject's memories of its earliest experiences (during infancy and childhood) of the object, whether it be mother, father, or self. He explains in well-written and non-technical language how the object can affect the child, or "cast in shadow," without the child being able to process this relation through mental representations of language.
There is much in this book that is wise, clinically perceptive, and thought-provoking. Bollas is clearly exquisitely sensitive to affective nuances as clues to early, preoedipal events and their developmental consequences....Bollas's book is a lucid, creative, balanced... exposition. It deserves a respectful audience. The Psychoanalytic Quarterly
Part I. The Shadow of the Object
1. The transformational object
2. The spirit of the object as the hand of fate
3. The self as object
4. At the other's play: to dream
5. The trisexual
Part 2. Moods
6. Moods and the conservative process
7. Loving hate
8. Normotic illness
9. Extractive interjection
Part 3. Countertransference
10. The liar
11. The psychoanalyst and the hysteric
12. Expressive uses of the countertransference
13. Self analysis and the countertransference
14. Ordinary regression to dependence
Part 4. Epilogue
15. The unthought known: early considerations

About the Author

Christopher Bollas is Director of Education at the Austen Riggs Center of Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts.