Longing: Psychoanalytic Musings on Desire is a contemporary,
interdisciplinary exploration of one of psychoanalysis's most
foundational and fascinating areas of investigation. This anthology
explores the vicissitudes and varieties of desire, its public and
private, normative and transgressive, its light and dark
expressions. It examines desire in its relational, cultural,
clinical, physical, sexual and aesthetic forms.Collectively, these
essays demonstrate an understanding of the difficulties of
identifying and realizing desire, precisely because it is multiple,
omnipresent, shape-shifting, ongoing and, perhaps, always
ultimately unfulfillable. They question whether desire is by
definition something that cannot be satisfied, and contemplate how
we relate to our desires?Interpersonal psychoanalytic practice and
theory understands desire not merely as an intrapsychic drive but
also as a force shaped by and shaping interpersonal relationships.
From within this perspective, a number of the contributors examine
a broad variety of clinical manifestations of desire as it
struggles for expression or suppression. The issues under
examination here include important and, in some instances, under
theorized, topics such as dissociated and secret desire, compulsive
cross-dressing, kleptomania, sadomasochism, passion within the
analytic dyad, the emotional and relational impact of menopause,
and the exploration of a womans relationship to her body and its
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