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Fink, K. (1993). Thinking, Feeling and Being: By Ignacio Matte-Blanco. London: Tavistock/Routledge, 1988, 347 pp., $39.95.. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 41:821-826.

(1993). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 41:821-826

Thinking, Feeling and Being: By Ignacio Matte-Blanco. London: Tavistock/Routledge, 1988, 347 pp., $39.95.

Review by:
Klaus Fink, M.D.

It is a difficult task to write a review of Ignacio Matte-Blanco's latest book without producing a treatise encompassing the whole of psychoanalytical theory and practice. The implications of his thinking and writing are vast and far-reaching, making it very tempting to produce a paper dealing with every possible consequence of his postulations.

Thinking, Feeling and Being, although shorter than his previous book (Matte-Blanco, 1975), is perhaps the most elaborate of his writings, at least of those published in English. In it he continues to develop his ideas about the unconscious, its laws, how to understand the workings of the human mind in psychoanalytic terms, and how to apply this understanding to clinical work. This book is a further and important step in the author's long road in the exploration of the psyche. Matte-Blanco started developing his ideas more than 40 years ago, as can be seen by reviewing the reference list at the end of the book. It was my privilege to meet Matte-Blanco 37 years ago and to work under him in the early years of his formulation of the basic thoughts of what today constitutes the main body of his theories, namely the concepts of symmetry and asymmetry, of bi-logic and of the fundamental antinomy of human beings and the world.

Matte-Blanco writes in a systematic and didactic way which shows him in his lifelong role as an exponent and teacher of psychoanalysis. The book has five parts—16 chapters—and includes 32 clinical examples.

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