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Like Subjects, Love Objects: Essays on Recognition and Sexual Difference

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In this important book, the author of The Bonds of Love discusses gender issues from the perspective of developmental psychoanalysis. Jessica Benjamin, a well-known psychoanalyst and feminist, makes a case for what she calls "gender heterodoxy"—a highly original view of the similarities and differences between the sexes—and in the process she illuminates aspects of love, s ...more
Paperback, 246 pages
Published February 17th 1998 by Yale University Press (first published November 29th 1995)
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Adrian Colesberry
Apr 11, 2009 Adrian Colesberry rated it liked it
Interesting discussion but I think the central thesis will turn out to be wrong as brain science catches up to the theorizing of social science. Benjamin proposes that we absorb other people into our brain as objects. I think, because we are consilient beings, that we absorb other people as subjects more than as objects, especially people in love relationships. This is certainly my life experience, taking on other people's opinions and attitudes like trying on a new coat, seeing what works and i ...more
jessi lee
Jun 10, 2008 jessi lee rated it really liked it
i like her stuff on mutual recognition. and i'm glad that she addresses some of the heterosexism that she didn't talk about in her first book.

i was also excited to see that teresa brennan, who wrote transmission of affect, was in conversation with benjamin's work. i'm interested in the edges where feminist theory, relational psychoanalysis, and affect studies meet.
Kevin Hilke
Jun 18, 2016 Kevin Hilke rated it really liked it
Shelves: theory, psychology
“The responsiveness of the selfobject by definition serves the function of ‘shoring up our self’ throughout life; but at what point are we concerned with the responsiveness of the outside other whom we love?”
George
Sep 18, 2013 George rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Feminists, Gender Studies students, post-modern thinkers
Recommended to George by: A female MFA student with a passion for knowledge
Another work that connects to the continuum of gender and visual ideas that inspire works of art; a primary reason that I read.
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“Beauty belongs to the beloved who returns the gaze, in whose eyes we see the sun. But in this . . . beauty, in the mutual gaze, also lies the beginning of terror --awe, idealization, overstimulation, violation, loss.” 3 likes
“All that is bad and dreaded is projected into the other, and all the anxiety is seen as the product of external attack rather than one's own subjective state . . . [which] the fear of the other's omnipotence as well as the need to retaliate by asserting one's own omnipotence.” 1 likes
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