Under the skin : a psychoanalytic study of body modification / Alessandra Lemma
- Lemma, Alessandra
- London ; New York : Routledge, 2010.
- Physical Description:
- 205 pages ; 24 cm
- Introduction. The body as canvas -- 1. As you desire me -- 2. The symptom of ugliness -- 3. Mirrors -- 4. Being seen or being watched -- 5. Occupied territories and foreign parts: reclaiming the body -- 6. Copies without originals: envy and the maternal body -- 7. The botoxing of experience -- 8. Ink, holes and scars -- Conclusion: an order of pure decision.
- "Under the Skin considers the motivation behind why people pierce, tattoo, cosmetically enhance, or otherwise modify their body, from a psychoanalytic perspective. It discusses how the therapist can understand and help individuals for whom the manipulation of the body is felt to be psychically necessary, regardless of whether the process of modification causes pain." "In this book, psychoanalyst Alessandra Lemma draws on her work in the consulting room, as well as films, fiction, art and clinical research, to suggest that the motivation for extensively modifying the surface of the body, and being excessively preoccupied with its appearance, comes from the person's internal world - under their skin." "Under the Skin provides a detailed study of the challenges posed by our embodied nature through an exploration of the unconscious phantasies that underlie the need for body modification, making it essential reading for all clinicians working with those who are preoccupied with their appearance and modify their bodies including psychotherapists, counsellors, psychiatrists and psychologists."--BOOK JACKET.
- 9780415485692 (hardback), 041548569X (hardback), 9780415485708 (pbk.), and 0415485703 (pbk.)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Source of Acquisition:
- UP-PAT copy: Purchased with funds from the Paterno Libraries Endowment; 2009.
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