Feeling insecure: a personal account in a psychoanalytic voice

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Abstract

The concept of ontological security has been taken up in human geography primarily through Giddens’ (1990, 1991) formulation, but the idea has its origins in the writings of the existential psychoanalyst R.D. Laing. Returning to the psychoanalytic underpinnings of the concept, I use autobiographical vignettes to evoke and explore what it means to feel insecure. Using psychoanalytically-informed illustrations of melancholia, ordinary acute anxiety and unconscious splitting, I develop a personal, subjective emotional geography of insecurity, and I caution against confusing certainty with ontological security.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)332-350
JournalSocial & cultural geography
Volume15
Issue number3
Early online date14 Jan 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2014

Keywords

  • insecurity
  • feelings
  • psychoanalysis
  • ontological security
  • autobiography
  • emotional geography

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