Michael D. Parsons

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I t is tempting to look back at the level of public funding for colleges and student financial aid in the 1970s and to fantasize about returning to those halcyon days. But things are fundamentally different now. The editors of this book—Edward St. John now at the University of Michigan and Michael Parsons at Florida International University, both professors(More)
Older buildings are important aesthetic, cultural and economic resources but in many jurisdictions hundreds of historic buildings have been demolished because developers and bankers argued that the cost of adapting them for new uses is too high. Still, a growing number of reputable developers are completing exciting projects featuring innovative building(More)
  • M Parsons
  • 1986
Psychological discoveries of a certain kind give rise to a particular sense of shock. When we are forced to look afresh at something whose importance we think we already know, we may find it has new and unexpected significance. Our previous understanding, genuine as it was, comes to seem rather shallow. Psychoanalysts must be open to such experiences, and I(More)
  • M Parsons
  • 2000
The author considers how Freud's original formulation of the sexual drive may be understood in contemporary terms. Parallels between psychoanalysis, art history and the social and natural sciences underline the idea of sexuality as a construct that can be revisited. The nature of sexuality depends on how its irreducible biological basis is interpreted by a(More)
There is countertransference, not just to individual patients, but to the process of psychoanalysis itself. The analytic process is a contentious topic. Disagreements about its nature can arise from taking it as a unitary concept that should have a single definition whereas, in fact, there are several strands to its meaning. The need for the analyst's free(More)
  • M Parsons
  • 1992
The analyst's use of his preconscious is central to understanding how clinical practice in psychoanalysis is informed by theory. One view is that we have a definitive conception of our theory, from which we derive our clinical practice by largely preconscious deliberation. Another view sees psychoanalytic concepts as elastic, related to each other along(More)
Abbreviations vii The Framework to Implement and Mainstream Ecosystem based Adaptation (EbA) response in the Greater Mekong Sub Region (GMS) was carried out through a partnership between the World Bank (WB) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). This analytical work was co-financed in the context of the World Bank-Neth-erland Partnership Program which the team(More)
  • M Parsons
  • 1999
The paper puts forward the idea that play is at work all the time in psychoanalysis. The play element functions continuously to sustain a paradoxical reality where things may be real and not real at the same time. This paradox is what allows the work of psychoanalysis to take place. The concept of play covers different activities with complex(More)