The Psychology of Productive Dissociation, or What Would Schellingian Psychotherapy Look Like?

Comparative and Continental Philosophy 6 (1):35-48 (2014)
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Schelling has been exploited for a variety of psychoanalytical projects, from Marquard’s revision of Freud, to various readings of Jung, to Žižek’s interpretation of Lacan. What we have not seen is an elaboration of the psycho-therapeutical implications of Schelling’s metaphysics on its own terms. What we find when we read Schelling as metapsychologist is a nonpathologizing theory of dissociation. Like anything that lives, the psyche dissociates for the sake of growth. The law of productive dissociation is the source of psyche’s adaptive power and an explanation of the structure of its illnesses



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