Hannah Curtis is a senior psychoanalytic psychotherapist with twenty years experience in private practice. She is also a lecturer in the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex. She is a wife, mother and grandmother who passionately believes that an understanding of psychoanalytic principles can enrich and deepen the everyday encounters and relationships that people experience as they go about their working, family and social lives.
'This is an engagingly non-technical journey through the basics of the psychodynamic view of human beings and their relations with each other. It is one hundred years since Freud wrote his book on everyday life, but here we are again. It is the nature of unconscious dynamics that they need constant reiteration for every generation. Here is a book for the present generation of people working in the toughest of environments, including those with the toughest of kids in care. The text has a direct, gentle and calm approach to the violence of the unconscious. I recommend this book for the charm of the writing, as well as the careful exposition of the complexities of our unconscious minds which inevitably we all resist exposing.'--Professor R.D. Hinshelwood, University of Essex'This is an important book. Hannah Curtis carefully assembles the building blocks of the key framework of psychoanalytic thinking. This is an essential read for all who care about what it is to be human, and are keen to think more deeply about the emotional life of the mind.'--Chris Tanner, Lecturer, Therapeutic Communication in Therapeutic Organisations, University of Essex