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Levine, H.B. (2018). Body-Mind Dissociation in Psychoanalysis: Development After Bion: By Riccardo Lombardi. Abingdon, UK / New York: Routledge, 2017. 242 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 87(2):360-368.

(2018). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 87(2):360-368

Body-Mind Dissociation in Psychoanalysis: Development After Bion: By Riccardo Lombardi. Abingdon, UK / New York: Routledge, 2017. 242 pp.

Review by:
Howard B. Levine

Body–Mind Dissociation in Psychoanalysis: Development after Bion by Riccardo Lombardi is a very important, challenging, and difficult book. At its heart is the author's belief that “psychoanalysis cannot survive except in a context that is open to the quest for new vertices that are in line with the experience of our most extreme analysands” (p. 168). He further asserts that “psychoanalytic research can acquire new impetus and explore new horizons only by starting from the pre-mental generative levels: the body” (p. 167, italics in original).

Lombardi's central thesis is that the body needs to be taken into account in psychoanalysis and psychic development as a concrete reality whose existence and limits must be integrated with and come into dialectical relationship with the infinite imaginative capacities of the mind. To do so, Lombardi contends, will require “a radical shift of emphasis, such that the interest of the body is not limited to its symbolic meaning or to related unconscious phantasies” (p.

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