When the Good-Enough Father Meets the Female Trickster: The Hidden Politics of the Parents in Bed

1 hour 30 minutes
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British Jungian analyst Andrew Samuels points to gender as the “supreme gateway between the public and the private dimensions of power,” offering a psychological framework that can be an ally of a progressive sexual politics. Samuels criticizes a historically “mother-centered” psychoanalysis, urging a more balanced view of the father’s role in parenting. Providing examples from contemporary culture and politics, he also challenges the absence in much current psychological literature of the female trickster, a woman who can “undermine the prevailing organization of power and even the perceived structure of social reality itself.”

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© 1993 Andrew Samuels.
Ⓟ 1993 CG Jung Institute of Chicago.


Samuels, Andrew

Andrew Samuels is a Jungian analyst, university professor, author, activist and political consultant. He is well known for his work at the interface of psychotherapy and politics. His work on sexuality, relationships, spirituality, men and fathers has been widely appreciated. He is a former Chair of the UK Council for Psychotherapy, co-founder of Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility and of the Alliance for Counselling and Psychotherapy. His many books have been translated into 19 languages.



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