Ripples in mental space caused by dark matters and twisted tales: Some reflections on memory, memoirs and therapeutic work

Edwards, Judith (2013) Ripples in mental space caused by dark matters and twisted tales: Some reflections on memory, memoirs and therapeutic work. Psychodynamic Practice: Individuals, Groups and Organisations, 19 (4). pp. 390-405. ISSN 1475-3626 (electronic) 1475-3634 (paper)

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In this paper, the author reflects on the issues of memory and the writing of personal memoirs, and how this impinges on our professional work. Her title is drawn in part from the work of theoretical physicists who can hypothesise about the existence of dark matter by measuring the deformations it causes in surrounding stars and galaxies. What she suggests is that there may be limitations in keeping strictly to disciplinary boundaries, and our professional lives may defy our efforts to box them in. The opening of doors to a more extensive world of ideas is often helpful, both for psychoanalysis and for the fields which it can illuminate and by which it can also be illuminated. She uses the example of the publication and critical reception of her own memoir, Pieces of Molly to make links with our professional selves and our clinical work. She draws on the work of Freud, and other seminal thinkers in the field, as well as her own clinical work to illustrate the ways in which mental space and the memories within it can be contained and transformed over time, but also can be beset by both internal and external saboteurs.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online: 26 Nov 2013
Uncontrolled Keywords: Memory, Memoir, Psychoanalytic Work With children, Internal Worlds, Freud and Creative Writing
Subjects: Cognitive Processes, Theory of Mind > Creativity
Cognitive Processes, Theory of Mind > Learning and Memory
Psychological Therapies, Psychiatry, Counselling > Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
Depositing User: Ms Linda Dolben
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2015 16:34
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2016 16:58
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/972

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