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Alchemical MercuryA Theory of Ambivalence$
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Karen Pinkus

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804760324

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804760324.001.0001

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Excursus: Ambivalence

Excursus: Ambivalence

(p.55) Excursus: Ambivalence
Alchemical Mercury
Stanford University Press

This chapter explores the various meanings of the term ambivalence. It considers Bleuler's discussion of ambivalence as a sine qua non of schizophrenia, directly linked to the Spaltung; Freud's theory on whether ambivalence can be considered something “originary” in a subject, or whether it derives, instead, from the relationship between ego and object; and reasons why ambivalence is intolerable.

Keywords:   Bleuler, schizophrenia, Freud, ego

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