The Story of Original Loss
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The Story of Original Loss

Grieving Existential Trauma in the Arts and the Art of Psychoanalysis

Malcolm Owen Slavin, PhD

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The Story of Original Loss

Grieving Existential Trauma in the Arts and the Art of Psychoanalysis

Malcolm Owen Slavin, PhD

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About This Book

This book explores the universal human existential trauma of "original loss, " a trauma the author describes as arising from our primal, human evolutionary loss of experiencing ourselves as innately belonging to, and instinctively at home within, the larger natural world.

In this trauma arose our existential awareness of impermanence and mortality along with the need to mourn that loss in order to create a sense of belonging and identity. The book describes how the invention of art and group ritual became the collective ways we mourn our shared existential loss. It describes as well how it is the art within the psychoanalytic practice that enables both patient and analyst to grieve their individual versions of our shared original loss. Drawing on the work of Winnicott, Loewald and Ogden, as well as art theory and religion, this book offers a new perspective on the intersection of metaphorical artistic thinking and psychoanalysis.

This book will appeal to psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, and scholars of poetic, visual and muscial metaphor, creativity, evolution and history of art.

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Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Endorsement Page
  3. Half Title
  4. Series Page
  5. Title Page
  6. Copyright Page
  7. Dedication
  8. Table of Contents
  9. Foreword by George Hagman
  10. Acknowledgments
  11. Introduction: The Story of “Original Loss”
  12. 1 The Enigma of Cave Art
  13. 2 Original Loss and the Emergence of Existential Anxiety
  14. 3 Surviving Original Loss, Part I: Envisioning Winnicott’s “Transitional Creativity” and “Object Use” in Evolutionary-Existential Terms
  15. 4 Surviving Original Loss, Part II: Envisioning Loewald’s Dynamic Unconscious as an Evolved-Existential Structure
  16. 5 Original Loss in Everyday Life, Part I: A Developmental Story
  17. 6 Original Loss in Everyday Life, Part II: Existential Grieving in Development and Clinical Process
  18. 7 Original Loss and Original Sin: Myth, Mortality and Morality
  19. 8 After the Fall: From Sin to Loss
  20. 9 Why Do We Need Art?
  21. 10 How Art Works
  22. 11 Traveling with Metaphor
  23. 12 Metaphor, Playing and Pretending
  24. 13 The Art of Losing: Some Psychoanalytic Versions of the Evolved Capacity for Grieving and Mourning
  25. 14 The Art of Losing and the Presence of Absence in Metaphor
  26. 15 Mourning Versus Melancholia in the Arts
  27. 16 From Melancholia to Mourning in The Arabian Nights
  28. 17 Loss Made Visible: Grieving Existential Trauma in the Paintings of Edward Hopper
  29. 18 The Music Knows
  30. 19 Epilogue: Home for a Hybrid, Divided Species
  31. Index
Citation styles for The Story of Original Loss

APA 6 Citation

Slavin, M. O. (2024). The Story of Original Loss (1st ed.). Routledge. Retrieved from (Original work published 2024)

Chicago Citation

Slavin, Malcolm Owen. (2024) 2024. The Story of Original Loss. 1st ed. Routledge.

Harvard Citation

Slavin, M. O. (2024) The Story of Original Loss. 1st edn. Routledge. Available at: (Accessed: 21 June 2024).

MLA 7 Citation

Slavin, Malcolm Owen. The Story of Original Loss. 1st ed. Routledge, 2024. Web. 21 June 2024.