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Paperback: 80 pages
Publisher: Icon Books Ltd; First Edition edition (9 April 2001)
Graham Music works as a therapist both with adults and children, as well as families, especially after trauma. He teaches and supervises other therapists, particularly at the Tavistock Clinic in London, an internationally renowned mental health centre. His passions include child development research, neuroscience and attachment theory, and how cutting-edge developmental findings can help us in our lives and in how we work with others.
After having done a variety of jobs in early adulthood, including buying and selling antiques, working in housing advice, community support services and other adventures, from the late 1980's he undertook a variety of psychotherapy trainings and has worked as a therapist for over 20 years. He has found his own style now, based primarily on psychoanalysis but also other ways of thinking, such as mindfulness and influenced by developmental science.
He believes that psychological research and thinking can have an important impact, alongside many other discourses, not just on individuals and their lives, but also in thinking about social and environmental issues that urgently need addressing.
Find out more at http://www.nurturingminds.co.uk/
About the Author
Graham Music works as a child and adolescent psychotherapist in the NHS in East London. He also manages an adolescent counselling service, works as an adult psychotherapist in private practice, and is a visiting teacher at the Tavistock Clinic in London.
This is possibly the best of the series of the small Ideas in Psychoanalysis books, like the other books its small enough to fit in a back pocket or bag and could be easily read in a single sitting or a couple of train journeys.
The book doesnt have an index or contents page but it does have some good endnotes and references, it is broken down into chapters and the pace and style of writing will prove accessible to the academic, professional or general reader alike. The chapters breakdown as follows: Introduction; Urges and Instincts; Managing Loss; Early Experience and Emotional States; Cut off from feelings; Getting it off your chest; Throwing stones from glass houses; Flooded by feelings; The emotional body; Get Happy; Conclusions.
The book covers a lot and uses brief case studies, literary references and quotations to illustrate its points, explaining how attachment styles develop and effect later emotional/affective states, how, if and when people can or cant process the way they are feeling and the consequences. There's information here which will be useful to anyone wanting to gain some insight and self-understanding aswell as child development, parenting or providing care.
However, keep in mind this is a short overview to an idea in psychoanalysis, its going to prove unsatisfactory in you want more depth and you could have to follow up the references, for instance Winnicotts essays, if you are seeking something with more brevity or composing and essay.
For the general reader this is a good place to start to get a good picture of 'affects', that is emotions which have ideas attached to them, and how they effect daily life.