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The Sensitive Self
Michael Eigen

2004 • 208 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Psychology & Psychiatry / Psychoanalysis

$18.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-6685-0

Compelling insights into the role of emotional sensitivity.

We are all sensitive beings, both physically and emotionally. What do we do with our sensitivity? How much of our sensitivity can we take? How do we become partners with our sensitivity in ways that make life worthwhile? In The Sensitive Self, renowned psychologist Michael Eigen explores the varied nuances of sensitivity as it threads its way through all facets of our lives.

Individual case studies, often achingly honest, are woven together by Eigen’s deeply felt meditations, bringing us into the heart of psychotherapy. We see how our sensitivity to self and others plays a crucial role in sustaining our sense of aliveness. Ultimately, Eigen argues, sensitivity is the basis for a humane ethics. Powerful and illuminating, The Sensitive Self follows up on the themes of Eigen’s previous books, Rage and Ecstasy, with which Eigen has established himself as one of today’s most creative thinkers in psychology.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“This book is a highly significant and important contribution for the mental health field… By employing the idea of ‘sensitivity’ the author has hit on perhaps the most important unifying thread in the field.” —James Grotstein, M.D., author of Who Is the Dreamer Who Dreams the Dream?

“Michael Eigen teaches by example. In this remarkable work he lets us feel our aliveness by showing us his own. He is a creative force in psychoanalysis: vulgar, frightening, fearless and inspiring.”Mark Epstein, M.D., author of Thoughts Without a Thinker


Winner of the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis' (NAAC) Gradiva Award for Interpretation and Psychoanalysis (2005)

MICHAEL EIGEN is a psychologist and psychoanalyst. The author of numerous books, he is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis at New York University and a Senior Member of the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis.

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