Conversations with Michael Eigen by Michael Eigen

By Michael Eigen

Those energetic conversations offer a distinct perception into the brain of 1 of the main unique psychoanalysts of our century. a number of the matters coated right here unfold over a variety of curiosity, which Michael Eigen talks approximately with a wealthy and virtually ecstatic move. Eigen’s writing so heavily resembles his conversing dialog ebook is nearly precious. The author’s desire is that it'll permit readers to go into the tips of Eigen extra without delay than he or she can have through Eigen’s books and papers.

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This can go haywire, more and more aliveness needed to counter a dead pull or undertow. You can’t bring deadness to life no matter how much life you pour into it or aggravate yourself or stir yourself up. You have to go into the deadness, make room for it, and encompass it. We create myths to help us do that, then [we] deform our myths. Many link increased momentum and spread of deadening processes with social atomization, industrialization, mechanization. Now we claim to be in a post-machine age, an information age.

One is saying that there is value in intimate dialogue, investigation, exchange. The scale is small enough to feel oneself and the other. People need to feel themselves, to taste each other. It is a need in its own right. We say the world is smaller than ever because of the technology that knits it together. But the world is also vaster. There are huge economic spaces, mobility, possibilities. Economics shift and masses of people are fired. qxd 30 111 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1 2 3 4 5 6 711 8 9 20 1 2 3 4 511 6 7 8 9 311 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 911 07/02/1904 03:29 Page 30 CONVERSATIONS WITH MICHAEL EIGEN enormous thermal fluctuations, conditions change and more people are rich, more are poor.

One of the best depictions of what I am getting at, celebrating, in awe of, is one I found in Nicholai Berdyaev in my twenties. He called it, or it was translated as, “neonic freedom”. But I have never been able to find the reference. I read nearly everything of his in English. I don’t know where I saw it but I know I did. He meant a kind of openness, a permanent neonate-like quality (Bion calls it embryonic) linked to freedom. Freedom to feel or think or be something else, something more. More human.

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