In An Archaeology of the Mind Salomon Resnik brings together different facets of his life as a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. His own personal focus, as well as his life-long clinical work, has concentrated on the psychotic experience and on becoming aware, together with the patient, of the underlying philosophy of the latter’s delusional world.
In both his private work and institutional settings, Resnik emphasizes the fact that psychosis may be a pathological “solution”, one which has to be re-experienced and understood in the transference situation as an unconscious ontological and metaphysical preoccupation.
This implies that the psychoanalyst must accompany the patient in his or her travels through a dimension in which everyday reality, the experience of life and unconscious wounds are unavoidable.
After thawing-out (cf. the same author's Glacial Times, Routledge, 2005) and the deflating of delusions, chronic patients need to get in touch with their own feelings in their present life. This can be accomplished only by means of a psychoanalytical journey through ancient wounds and scars, while at the same time facing up to old and new aesthetic impacts, for these too are part of everyday life.