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June Rathbone

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June Rathbone, PhD is a research fellow, Department of Psychology, University College London.

Survey of literature of the self

Philip Sugden (2001) writes of the Tibetan plateau and the Himalayas which inspired his haunting series of drawings, Himalayan Visions: "…one is confronted in a profound way with the enigmatic nature of being alive. This mystifying experience lies somewhere between one’s incessant preoccupation with the extreme physical discomforts of survival and the local belief systems that promote the idea that all things are, by their nature, empty. The effect is a physiological experience that makes it difficult to deny one’s interrelationship, not just with the environment but with ‘emptiness’ as well. And as an artist, this experience is important in the process of creation; after all, emptiness is the womb from which form becomes manifest and through which the aesthetic experience becomes aware of itself…" His insight might apply equally to the creation of the Self. --http://www.homepages.ucl.ac.uk/~ucjtjur/selflit.htm [Aug 2004]

Anatomy of Masochism (2001) - June Rathbone

  • Anatomy of Masochism (2001) - June Rathbone [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
    June Rathbone (U. College London) examines the dynamics of masochism both through a review of Freud's and others' writings and through interviews with self-declared sadomasochists--people who are sensitized to dominant or submissive behavior. She concludes with a discussion of control, a key issue for the sadomasochist, as well as differences in attitude, mental processing, and behavior that are likely to separate those who acknowledge their sadomasochism from those who do not.Book News, Inc.®, Portland, OR

    Are dominance and submission inevitable in human relationships? Believing that sadomasochism is becoming an ever more obtrusive phenomenon in developed countries, the author surveyed 48 self-declared sadomasochists (43 male, 5 female) and 35 controls (26 male, 9 female) in an effort to elicit information on early family relationships, morale, and sexual behavior and fantasy; she also looks at the philosophy of masochism and its damaging effects. --Book Description via Amazon.com

    I: Introduction. 1. Freud's writings on masochism examined in detail. 2. Survey of psychological literature (1925 onwards). 3. Review of empirical studies on sadomasochism. 4. An integrated psychodynamic model of masochism. II: An empirical investigation of sadomasochism. 5. The Adult Attachment Interview. 6. The `emotional' Stroop task. 7. The Beck Depression Inventory. 8. Questionnaires concerning chronicity, practice and motivation of sadomasochism. 9. Discussion. III: Conclusion. 10. The philosophy of sadomasochism and its effects. Appendices. References. Index --June Rathbone, University College London, UK, http://www.wkap.nl/prod/b/0-306-46593-0?a=2 [Aug 2004]

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