Growing Old: A Journey of Self-Discovery by Danielle Quinodoz

By Danielle Quinodoz

People react very another way to the method of aging. a few humans draw back from outdated age for so long as they could and finally spend it reflecting on instances after they have been bodily and mentally more suitable and extra self sufficient. For others outdated age is embraced as a brand new event and whatever to appear ahead to.

In this ebook psychoanalyst Danielle Quinodoz highlights the worth of outdated age and the truth that even supposing many aged humans have suffered losses, both in their personal solid well-being or via bereavement, such a lot have controlled to hold crucial factor – their experience of self. Quinodoz argues that getting older offers us with the chance to profit extra approximately ourselves and rather than dealing with it with dread, it may be celebrated. Divided into available chapters this booklet covers issues together with:

  • the inner life-history
  • remembering
  • phases of life
  • anxiety approximately death
  • being a psychoanalyst and turning out to be old.

Throughout Growing Old the writer attracts on either her medical adventure of operating with the aged, and her personal own event of getting older. This makes it an attractive learn for either practicing psychoanalysts, and people who desire to achieve a better perception of the ordinary development into later life.

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Growing Old: A Journey of Self-Discovery

Humans react very in a different way to the method of growing older. a few humans shrink back from outdated age for so long as they could and at last spend it reflecting on instances after they have been bodily and mentally improved and extra self sustaining. For others previous age is embraced as a brand new event and whatever to seem ahead to.

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For example, our adult responses are steeped in the 17 ONE SMALL SECOND OF ETERNITY emotional experiences we had as children, even though we may not be properly aware of them. Our childhood past is part of chronological time and of another dimension of time that circumvents chronology without destroying it: our present is nourished by our past. Our dreams, the interpretation of which is `the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind' (Freud 1900a: 608), bring together the old and the new.

At that point, Laure had the following dream: I discovered in the room that I use as a study a box of books that I had never seen before, even though it seemed to me that it had been there for quite some time. I hesitated before opening it, thinking that those books must be in a quite different style from the others I have on my bookshelves ± and that there would never be enough room on the shelves for them! I then discovered that I had more 25 THE WORK OF REMEMBERING shelves ± I'd never seen them before, either ± so that I could quite easily make my library bigger.

This undoubtedly requires not only that each partner pays careful attention to the other but also that they be able to integrate the various phases that their life together has gone through; they must also be able to see that what gives savour to their life together is the whole set of experiences, happy and dramatic, that have contributed to making it what it is today. DREAMS OF INTEGRATING THE DIFFERENT PHASES OF ONE'S LIFE AS AN ANALYSIS COMES TO ITS END I have often come across the wish to integrate all the different phases of their life in the dreams of elderly patients as their analysis draws to a close.

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