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Benjamin Lee is editor of Shortlist.com and has written for the Guardian. Since 2010 he has run the hugely popular @MiddleClassProb Twitter account.
This is a collection of real-life inconveniences faced by the iPhone-losing, polenta-burning, Eurostar-missing middle classes. While 870 million people in the world suffer from starvation, it's worth sparing a thought for the beleaguered and misunderstood middle classes who face similarly harrowing issues every day. 'My horse just ate my favourite boots' 'Feel like I've forgotten how to ski' 'Put too much balsamic vinegar on my salad and now I'm dying' From overcooking the quinoa to downloading the wrong book to the wrong kindle, things can get pretty rough in the recently renovated homes of our harangued elite. Fortunately, they can now turn to Twitter in their distress, finding a haven and a natural outlet in @MiddleClassProb, where Benjamin Lee has been collecting our most hilarious cris de coeur since 2010.
Benjamin Lee Center for Psychosocial Studies On March 29-April 1, 1979, the Center for Psychosocial Studies held a conference in Chicago on New Approaches to the Self in which all the authors in this volume partici- pated. Over the years the Center has acted as a communica- tions link and coordination point for interdisciplinary dis- cussions and research. Several years ago, we discovered that there was a renewed interest among psychoanalysts, anthro- pologists, and developmental psychologists in the investiga- tion of the self, and the reason for this groundswell of ac- tivity was the discovery of the importance of problems of meaning and interpretation in each discipline. Since inves- tigators in each of these disciplines were relatively ignor- ant of developments in the other approaches, we felt that a conference would be a timely catalyst. Each of the authors gave a presentation at the conference, and it is a mark of the success of the interdisciplinary effort that almost all the papers were extensively revised in response to the dis- cussions. The first three papers by Arnold Goldberg, Ernest Wolf, and Robert LeVine all use Heinz Kohut's psychoanalytic self psychology as their starting point. Goldberg places the self within a broader framework of philosophical and psychoana- lytic theories, finally locating it in the types of communi- cative relationships a person constructs in his interactions with others. Wolf's paper explicates the basic ideas and innovations of Kohut's self psychology.