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Essman, E. (2016). Truth and the Unconscious in Psychoanalysis Giuseppe Civitarese New York: Routledge, 2016; 251 pp.. Fort Da, 22(2):81-90.

(2016). Fort Da, 22(2):81-90

Truth and the Unconscious in Psychoanalysis Giuseppe Civitarese New York: Routledge, 2016; 251 pp.

Review by:
Eric Essman, M.A.

True Lies

When my love swears that she is made of truth I do believe her, though I know she lies …

— Shakespeare, Sonnet 138

i Truth

In Truth and the Unconscious in Psychoanalysis, Giuseppe Civitarese expounds Bionian and post-Bionian theory in a set of demanding but proportionately rewarding papers, five of which I shall discuss in subsequent sections — il menù degustazione — of this essay The English title is anomalous. In previous Civitarese collections, the English version literally translated the Italian title. This volume was originally titled I sensi e l'inconscio (“The Senses and the Unconscious”), implying that psychic functioning is an embodied process materially engaged with the world:

[T]here is between the body and its environment a mutual penetration, a continuous osmotic interchange of energy: the boundaries of the self stand out as dynamic states against the background of electromagnetic fields.

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