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Greed: Developmental, Cultural, and Clinical Realms by Salman Akhtar

By Salman Akhtar

Although references to it are scattered within the writings of Klein and Winnicott, the subject of greed has drawn meager recognition from modern psychoanalysts. This e-book fills that lacuna. Noting that the inconsolable, relentless, and coercive dimensions of such starvation have profoundly damaging impression upon the self and its items, Greed: Developmental, Cultural, and medical Realms sheds mild at the emotion’s myriad manifestations in addition to its camouflage through the ego’s protective operations. problems with early life deprivation, adolescent novelty-seeking, and clinging to the object-world towards the top of existence are tested. The avarice that prevails in today’s company global is mentioned, as is the deleterious influence of greed upon marital family members. extra to the clinician’s curiosity, the publication highlights some of the ways that greed makes its visual appeal in the course of therapy, bearing in mind the tabooed subject of the analyst’s personal greed for cash, status, and highbrow prowess.

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Greed: Developmental, Cultural, and Clinical Realms

Even though references to it are scattered within the writings of Klein and Winnicott, the subject of greed has drawn meager awareness from modern psychoanalysts. This publication fills that lacuna. Noting that the inconsolable, relentless, and coercive dimensions of such starvation have profoundly damaging influence upon the self and its items, Greed: Developmental, Cultural, and scientific geographical regions sheds gentle at the emotion’s myriad manifestations in addition to its camouflage by means of the ego’s shielding operations.

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However, I was deeply moved when my best friend, Linda, made what had seemed to me at the time to be the ultimate sacrifice: while initially “liking” both Paul and George, Linda agreed to like George instead of Paul (whom she knew was my crush object). This handily solved the problem of rivalry and further cemented our friendship, although I wondered about how she could switch her allegiance so readily. For a while, Linda even began to sign her name as Mrs. George Harrison. Both of us collected pictures and hunted for news about our heroes with great ardor, amassing huge collections of this stuff.

In the initial consultation, Julie had described her mother as her “best friend,” and she had no other friends among her peers. The intensity of her rock idol crush constituted further evidence of arrested emotional development. Before proceeding any further, we need a working definition of greed. Let me start by quoting Salman Akhtar, who has supplied us with the definitive Comprehensive Dictionary of Psychoanalysis (2009). He included a definition of greed in it, noting that the insatiability component of greed emanates from the fact that the internalization of “good” objects is soon followed by their destruction or functional diminution by internal aggression.

This tied in to Eric’s disappointment over the change in Laura’s relationship with him during the time they lived together, which had led to an unspooling of their relationship over time as his disillusionment increased. This experience had resonated further with his mother’s increasingly chronic depression, as well as his experience of my own empathic failures during sessions. While the first few years of analysis had had a pre-oedipal emphasis, Eric later began to be curious about my relationships to those outside the room, including male colleagues whom he would occasionally see me talking with in the halls, and more acutely, with members of my own family.

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