Psychoanalysis Meets Existentialism: Robert Stolorow on Trauma and Authenticity
Trauma tears apart the context of everyday certainties that sustains us, as Robert Stolorow shows in his new World, Affectivity, Trauma: Heidegger and Post-Cartesian Psychoanalysis (Routledge 2011). Stolorow, a founding member of the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles and former Professor of Psychology at Yeshiva University, since the 1970s, has consistently worked out an intersubjective version of psychoanalysis that has been immensely fruitful in helping many psychoanalytic therapists to find better ways of understanding and helping their patients.
Stolorow’s main objective in World, Affectivity, Trauma is to show how modern psychoanalysis can be enriched by integrating existential philosophy into its concepts. Stolorow, a scholar specializing in the work of the towering figure of existential philosophy, Martin Heidegger (1889-1976), first introduces the reader to central concepts of Heidegger’s thought.