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Morris, K.L. (2009). Torture and Attachment: Conscience and the Analyst's World-Seeing Eye. Psychoanal. Rev., 96(5):841-855.

(2009). Psychoanalytic Review, 96(5):841-855

Torture and Attachment: Conscience and the Analyst's World-Seeing Eye

Karen L. Morris

How many more words will you waste, O Sa'adi, on the science of music? The secrets of the heart are revealed only to the ear of the soul.

—Sa'adi, thirteenth century

“The ear of the soul” of which the medieval Persian poet Sa'adi speaks, the ear which hears “The secrets of the heart,” this heart-hearing-soul, is it the poet's alone or is it also mine and yours, linked through verse? The science he speaks of with such impassioned reason esteems the heart and its secrets, although it is clearly not the way to fully apprehend them. I would like to put Sa'adi's question to psychoanalysts across the tri-disciplines as well as to analysts who come to practice through backgrounds in education, religion, and the arts:

How many more words will you waste, O analyst, on the science of psychoanalysis?

The sorrows of the world are revealed to you, privileged listener, heart and soul, past, present and future.


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