Can we ‘stand inside’ new thoughts, rather than outside, looking at a closed box? This innovative and interdisciplinary collection aims to answer this question by broadening the way we look at and work with psychoanalytic ideas. By examining these ideas through the lenses of other disciplines, the contributors reveal what can be found when ‘boundaries’ are breached and bridges are built in psychoanalytical thought.

Judith Edwards here calls upon international analysts, psychotherapists and other professionals to explore the concepts of ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ in psychoanalysis, boldly challenging existing boundaries. In this unique and ground-breaking collection, chapters are written by a mathematics professor, a sculptor, film-makers, anthropologists from Australia and Canada, an Ofsted inspector, a neuroscientist and two Chinese psychotherapists. The book emphasises the importance of listening across disciplinary lines, and crossing frontiers within psychoanalysis itself, by integrating psychoanalytic elements with poetry, music, literature, quantum physics, cultural studies and education. Edwards presents this original and global research with authority, showing us how these fields intersect and produce new understandings in us all that allow us to grow and benefit from new perspectives.

This collection is unlike no other in its interdisciplinary and international approach. It will be an essential tool for all psychoanalysts, including those in training, as well as psychotherapists and psychotherapeutically-engaged scholars. It will also be of immense interest to academics and students of interdisciplinary studies, psychosocial studies, cultural studies and film studies.

chapter 4|10 pages

Future perfect

Some reflections on the sense of anticipation in ordinary infants and in psychoanalytic work

chapter 5|11 pages


The Yagwoia (cannibal) complex

chapter 6|13 pages

Body positive

Bodies, minds, trauma and becoming easeful

chapter 8|15 pages


Sculpture, anthropology and psychoanalysis; a conversation

chapter 9|13 pages

What you see is what you get

Observation, as opposed to inspection, as a means of organizational change

chapter 10|13 pages

The right start in life

The politics of learning and mental health in schools

chapter 11|15 pages

The mourning process of ancient Chinese women since the 11th century Song dynasty

Cultural influence and universality

chapter 12|14 pages

Literature, psychoanalysis, chaos theory

Iteration, re-iteration, recursion

chapter 13|12 pages

Looking, after, the future

Conversations with Central Australian Indigenous thinkers