Everyday Madness

On Anger, Loss and Psychoanalysis

in European Judaism
Author:
Lisa Appignanesi
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Abstract

There is a troubled legacy that is visible in so many of the illiberal populisms that currently seem to plague our democracies. One thing they have in common is the idea of a return to a period hazy in memory which was somehow better, greater than the present. Transposed to an individual level, we are evoking emotions attached to a childhood home. Freud's ideas on the unconscious and its important place in our everyday lives emerged at the turn of the nineteenth into the twentieth century. After 1918 he became increasingly preoccupied by groups, societies and nations. Under the pressure of Nazism, he turned his attention to antisemitism, exploring the impact of repression and ‘the return of the repressed’. Born in Poland shortly after the war, the author, in what was a 2019 Keynote Lecture in Warsaw, explores the after-effects of her parents’ wartime history and her own angry responses to an experience of loss and mourning.

Contributor Notes

Lisa Appignanesi OBE FRSL has written award-winning books, including Mad, Bad and Sad: A History of Women and the Mind Doctors, Losing the Dead, Everyday Madness: On Grief, Anger, Loss and Love, and with John Forrester, Freud's Women. She was Chair of the Freud Museum London (2008–2014) and of the Royal Society of Literature (2016–2020).

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