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Bellingham, WA, November 20, 2021 – Robin McCoy Brooks, MA, LMHC, TEP is a Jungian Analyst in private practice in Seattle/Bellingham, WA. and an international educator and consultant. She is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Jungian Studies and serves on the Board of Directors of the International Association for Jungian Studies. Robin is also a founding member of the New School for Analytical Psychology, an active analyst member of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and the International Association for Analytical Psychology. Further, she is a nationally certified Trainer, Educator and Practitioner of Group Psychotherapy, Sociometry and Psychodrama. Her works focus on a variety of topics related to psychoanalysis, philosophy, catastrophic trauma, creative agency (sublimation), and collective individuation.
Robin McCoy Brooks released her book “Psychoanalysis, Catastrophe & SocialAction”: a book that is important reading for psychoanalysts, psycho-dynamic-based therapists, psychologists, group therapists, philosophers, and political activists. In this fascinating volume, the author uses the psychoanalytic theory to explore how political subjectivity comes about within the context of global catastrophe, via the emergence of collective individuation through trans-subjectivity. Trans-subjectivity is the central tenet of the book, conceptualized as a psyche-social dynamic that initiates social transformation and which may be enhanced in the clinical setting. Among the chapters, she investigates a distinct manifestation of trans-subjectivity concerning various real-world events as they manifest clinically in the analytic couple and within-group processes.
Her book serves as a jumping-off point to address the structural linkage between collective catastrophe, subject, group, and political transformation. Brooks builds her conceptual arguments through a psyche/social reading ofKristeva’stheory of significance -sublimation-,Lacan’s1945 essay on collective logic, Heidegger’ssecular reading of the apostle Paul’s Christian revolution, andŽižek, Badiou and Jung’s conception of the neighbor within differentiated humanity.
The book also features clinical illustrations, an auto-ethnographic study of the emergence of an AIDS clinic, an accounting of trans-subjectivity in Blackrevolutionary events in the U.S., and an examination of some expressions of care that arose in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Derek Hook, Duquesne University, USA stated: “For too long the relationship between psychoanalysis and the political has felt forced. In a work of invigorating scholarship, McCoy Brooks revisits questions central to psychoanalysis and political philosophy alike, exploring the themes of solidarity, the nature of the subject, collective blindness, abjection, and the trans-subjective.”
Kevin Luthe Senior Lecturer at the Department of Psychosocial and psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex, explains that McCoyBrooks’ book: “Provides a doorway leading to greater mutuality, dialogue, and understanding, and the possibilities are endless.” Then, he also commented: “I would follow Robin McCoy Brooks down the rabbit hole of boundless futures yet to be imagined.”
Also, Lucy Huskinson, Professor of Philosophy at Bangor University in the UK, reviews: “It is a bold and challenging book that interrogates the awakening of ourselves to our responsibilities as political agents. McCoy Brooks takes us deep into the complexities of the self as it is wrenched away from its personal concerns and called into political action. By exposing this shift in concern and the extent to which it can be mastered we are treated to invaluable insights into the psychodynamics of social transformation and into the socio-political crises we continue to wrestle with on a global scale. Her forceful argument is both grounded in and used to critique key ideas of Heidegger, Lacan, Jung, Kristeva, Žižek, and Badiou, making it an astute and thought-provoking book on many levels.”
Name: Robin McCoy Brooks, MA, LMHC, TEP
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