My Head and My Heart: Sex, Love, Life, and the Unconscious

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9780679462972: My Head and My Heart: Sex, Love, Life, and the Unconscious

Sex, love, work, how our days and lives unfold--in this extraordinary book, Jorge De Gregorio explores how the human unconscious works, and shows how an understanding of the unconscious can help us assess and change our own behavior, as well as gain insight into the otherwise inexplicable actions of others, including world leaders. "What did I ever see in her?" "Why do I feel and behave this way?" "Why did Bill Clinton risk so much over Monica Lewinsky?" Dr. De Gregorio draws on years of experience as a psychoanalyst to reveal how the dramas in our inner worlds, the important episodes of love and loss, become imprinted in us and are reenacted by us in our daily lives; and how, once we understand that this unconscious "genetic code" is written in our hearts and minds, we can go on to rediscover ourselves, and to create lives of greater originality and freedom.
        Two hundred years ago, Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter to himself in which he carried on an imaginary dialogue between what he called "My Head" (the conscious mind, with its rationality and rules) and "My Heart" (the unconscious, the source of our passions, instincts, love, and sexual behavior). Using this letter as a model for knowing ourselves, Dr. De Gregorio discusses why, when it comes to sex and love, "it's never just sex." An interpretation of the Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky affair and of Thomas Jefferson's relationship with Sally Hemings; why insights into the private lives of world leaders often don't seem to match their public personalities; stories about people who discover the unconscious meaning beneath their bizarre behavior; how character and personality can be reconfigured and redefined--these and many other topics are illuminated in this brilliant and provocative book.

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What makes us do the things we do? Though evolutionary psychology may be in vogue, some still cling to less biologically oriented beliefs about our motivations, and their explanations can often be deeply resonant with our intuitions. Dr. Jorge De Gregorio is a psychoanalyst in the Freudian tradition who tackles the problems of unconscious desires in My Head and My Heart. Using Presidents Bill Clinton and Thomas Jefferson as examples of people with libidinous conflicts that had dramatic impacts on their public and private lives, he untangles their early lives from a mix of primary sources and inspired guesswork to arrive at mythic explanations for their seemingly self-destructive behavior.

Monica Lewinsky, who performed [Clinton's] rejuvenated and resurrected mother for him, made her Valentine's Day call heard, just as his paternal grandmother (who died on a Valentine's Day) did to his father. Monica, as representative of the President's mother and daughter, desperately asked to be filled with life, a request he could not refuse.

Those who see in psychoanalysis little more than a 19th-century parlor game will find little here to convince them otherwise. Conversely, those who prefer less reductionism in their psychology will find De Gregorio's tales of extraordinary forces driving ordinary people charming and even compelling. He believes that his "existential diagnoses" of clients permits him to quickly reach solutions with them, and he makes a strong, if understated, case for reclaiming our emotional lives from pill-wielding doctors. It's refreshing to see that the community of psychotherapists still supports such a diversity of opinion. --Rob Lightner

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"The stories that follow are all true.
I tell them as a way to show the extraordinary power of the human unconscious mind,
and how it works--how it is that the unconscious determines so much about our behavior, including the behavior of our world leaders, and thus what we call history and fate."
--from the Preface

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