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Freud’s Scientific Revolution: A Reading of His Early Works

: Saul Haimovich

Originally published in Hebrew, this book presents the first thorough analysis of Freud’s Project for a Scientific Psychology for Neurologists while relating to all its strata (evolutionary, physiological, psychological and linguistic) and deciphering their complex integration.  Its conclusions challenge the accepted literature by presenting a re-evaluation of the text’s place in the Freudian revolution.   Dr. Saul Haimovich, the author of this uncompromising book, provides the reader with a richer and more intellectually stimulating framework than previously available for the interpretation of Freud’s work.  The book’s importance, the outcome of a meticulous reading of Freud’s early work, lies in the author’s description of Freud’s efforts to develop a new scientific paradigm, rooted in his understanding that the mind-body problem and the concept ‘psyche’ lack content.   Together with his Freud and Psychiatry (2010), the book marks a further step in the author’s over-arching program, having two aims: The first, an analysis of the epistemic (theoretical, technical) and institutional foundations of Freud’s commonly accepted model for research and treatment, grounded in the analysand’s associations; the second, ultimately replacing that model with Freud’s original method, based on study of the analyst’s associations and self-analysis as applied in the Traumdeutung.   Intended for psychoanalysts, philosophers of science, literary critics, Freudians, anti-Freudians, as well as the interested lay reader, this book provides fascinating insights into Freud’s early work and its implications for psychoanalysis and its history. Read more…

My Mother, My Daughter, My Self

: Jane Goldberg

My Mother, My Daughter, My Self is a significant self-revelatory work which chronicles the separation process between mother and child, focussing most specifically on the mother/daughter relationship.  The book asks a core question for all mothers and adult children: how do we perform the perplexing, sometimes terrifying act of separation from our mothers and our children while simultaneously marching toward the unknown terrain of individuality?  How do we yield to this inevitable process of emotional separation from that which was once our own self?     The author uses her own experiences as a daughter, as a mother of a newly-adopted baby, and as a psychoanalyst to explore an essential truth:  that our relationships with our mothers affect our other significant love relationships, our values, our self-esteem, and our sense of satisfaction, often throughout the whole of our lives.  She also uses the experiences of some of her patients, taken from her forty years as a practicing clinician, to provide further fascinating insights and illustration.   Readers are gifted with both an internal parenting ‘guide’ as well as a deeply profound memoir about the internal process of being a mother that is so crucial, yet rarely looked at so intently.   Jane Goldberg Ph.D is a practicing psychoanalyst and a notable figure in the holistic health community.  She is also an established author and has appeared on radio and television programmes to talk about relationships, mind/body health, and psychological oncology.  In 1994 she was named “Most Admired Woman of the Decade” by the American Biographical Institute.   This wonderful book by Dr. Goldberg is warm, moving and so very true about the relationships of mothers ourselves and our daughters. Who would think a psychoanalyst could write so beautifully and yet clinically about the relationships of mothers and daughters?   Vicki Semel, Ph.D. Read more…

What You’ve Got Is What You Want – Even If It Hurts

: Adam Jukes

Intended for those who are troubled by their lives and want to make changes but don’t know where to begin, this is a book about relationships.  It is not intended as a self-help book, but as one which will encourage the reader to really think about themselves and the way they act – how their behaviour is driven by thoughts, feelings, and impulses of which they may not have any conscious awareness.   Jukes examines his ‘Mad Hypothesis’ – so called because it seems, at first glance, to be ‘mad.’  He has used it successfully in therapeutic work to refer to everything that is wrong in a patient’s relationship and even their life: “You are responsible for everything that is wrong with your relationship including any behaviour of your partner which you use to justify, excuse, or in any other way account for yo own behaviour towards him/her, or the world in general.”   The author draws on his vast clinical experience to explore this fascinating idea and looks at other related issues such as anxiety, sulking, masochism, and attachment.  He also includes many illuminating case-studies which perfectly illustrate his theories and make the text accessible to both clinicians and non-professionals.   Adam Jukes is recognised as one of the world’s leading clinical researchers on men’s abuse of women.  He has published widely in academic journals and teaches on many forensic psychotherapy training programmes.  He is a regular contributor to conferences on men’s violence and abusiveness to women and children. Read more…

The Studio: A Psychoanalytic Legacy

: Gregory, Gill

The Studio is a unique and exciting work, referencing Freud and other psychoanalytic heavy-weights to examine a difficult past – loss, trauma and the complexities of life are addressed and explored. Each chapter takes a painting as its focus, holding it up to the light as the author’s engagement with each work is interwoven with memoir and her thoughts on the psychoanalytic processes which inform her life. “Gill Gregory’s poetic memoir maps the struggle to be free from a paralysing past by way of an explanation of paintings and psychoanalysis.  The Studio breaks the mould of autobiographical writing like Marion Milner’s On Not Being Able To Paint,  and tells a story that is at once lyrical and scholarly, emotionally gripping and historically intriguing – moving above all.  This is an outstandingly gifted and rare book.” (Isobel Armstrong, Professor Emeritus at Birkbeck College, University of London)   ‘Accompanied by illuminating quotes from volumes of Freud bequeathed by her father, and beautiful reproductions of works of art bequeathed to the Tate by her uncle, Gregory’s account details the impact on her and her family of her older brother’s epilepsy and early death.  The result is one of the most moving books I have come across in a long time. Read more…

Dialogue With Sammy

: 9781853431098

This is a pioneering study, showing that it is possible to establish a dialogue with a psychotic child, and that schizophrenia in small children is treatable. It is also pioneering in another sense: there are few blow-by-blow analyses of psychotic children. Quite literally, Sammy insisted that McDougall write during sessions and hit her if she stopped. The case was supervised by Serge Lebovici, the co-author. The book appeared in French before Melanie Klein’s classic Narrative of a Child Analysis . D.W. Winnicott provides a preface and it is thanks to his admiration for the study that it was translated into English. After Sammy went back to the USA – to Bruno Bettelheim’s Orthogenic School in Chicago – his mother went into treatment with Joyce McDougall, and an account of this forms the last quarter of the book. Dialogue With Sammy constitutes a very close look at the processes of primitive thought, accurately recorded, placed in the context of a maternal relationship and reflected upon by one of the most sensitive and thoughtful psychoanalysts. Read more…

Psychoanalysis at Its Limits: Navigating the Postmodern Turn

: Elliott, Anthony

Has psychoanalysis become “postmodern”? How are the various schools of psychanalysis being altered by postmodernism? What role does psychoanalysis have to play in the cultural debate in postmodern times? This is an account of the complex and contradictory nature of psychoanalysis in the postmodern age. Anthony Elliott presents a history and critique of the concept of postmodernism throughout contemporary psychoanalytic thought, giving a critical survey of the complex relations between desire, selfhood and culture. Among the contributors are: Jessica Benjamin, Jane Flax, Stephen Frosh, Thomas Ogden, Stephen Mitchell, Karen Peoples and Mark Bracher. Read more…

Social Theory and Psychoanalysis in Transition: Self and Society from Freud to Kristeva

: Elliott, Anthony

This text is a benchmark critique of Freudian theory in which a dialogue between the Frankfurt School, the Lacanian tradition and post-Lacanian developments in critical and feminist theory is developed. Considering afresh the relations between self and society, Anthony Elliot argues for the importance of imagination and the unconscious in understanding issues about the self and self-identity, ideology and power, sexual difference and gender. The second edition surveys the recent changes that have taken place in psychoanalytic social theory. Traditions of thought covered include critical theory, Lacanian and post-Lacanian theory, post-structuralism and feminism. Read more…

H.J.S.Guntrip: A Psychoanalytical Biography

: Hazell, Jeremy

Jermey Hazell provides a detailed account of the psychoanalyist H.J.S. Guntrip’s dream sequences over a period of 40 years. In addition, the text also includes his two analyses – the first with W.R.D. Fairbairn and and the second with D.W. Winnicott. Read more…

Ego Ideal: Psychoanalytic Essay on the Malady of the Ideal

: Chasseguet-Smirgel, Janine

In this careful exposition of the concept of the ego ideal, Janine Chasseguet-Smirgel explores the short cuts that are available to the psyche and traces the longer, more painful path to maturity. She develops in her own way Freud’s view that people are forever seeking to regain a lost state of perfection, the state in which they were their own ideal – “primary narcissism.” The book includes chapters on the following aspects of the ego ideal: perversion, genitality, being-in-love, groups, sublimation in the creative process, reality testing, and the superego. Read more…

Diachrony in Psychoanalysis

: Green, Andre

The question of diachrony has been an ongoing preoccupation of Andre Green throughout his psychoanalytic career. It was at the centre of the debates during the era of structuralism and opened up a range of issues for psychoanalysis. These included the question of primal experience and repetition, discovered belatedly by Freud but destined to play a major role. Recollection, a central theme in the early days of psychoanalysis, is now seen in the context of its relation to repetition compulsion. The memories to be rediscovered during treatment are less important than the signs of temporality involved. The illusion of completely lifting infantile amnesia has given way to constructions in analysis. Historical truth, which is based on the beliefs organizing the psyche, is contrasted with material truth stripped of any embellishment. The essays in this volume complete the ideas put forward in “Time in Psychoanalysis – Some Contradictory Aspects”, its companion volume. Read more…