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Psychoanalysis: A Paradigm for Clinical Thinking

: Green, Andre

Philosophical, scientific or religious thought cannot invest the domain of clinical work unless it renounces the theoretical exigency underlying it. How should the mode of rationality arising from psychoanalytic practice be qualified? How is the work of thought involved in the experience of the treatment to be accounted for? André Green shows how it is possible to introduce the concept of “clinical thinking” into psychoanalysis. Postulating modifications to the clinical pictures on which Freud’s work was constructed, the author contributes innovations and answers that the father of psychoanalysis could not have foreseen Born in Cairo, Green studied medicine in Paris and then completed his training as a psychoanalyst.  He held several important positions before his death in 2012 – president of the Paris Psychoanalytic Society, vice president of the International Psychoanalytical Association and a professor at University College London.  He is the author of a number of books on the theory and practice of psychoanalysis and the psychoanalytic criticism of culture and literature. Read more…

Time in Psychoanalysis: Some Contradictory Aspects

: Green, Andre

Time is a traditional theme in philosophy and a fundamental theme in psychoanalysis. The wealth of studies devoted to the former contrasts strikingly with their scarcity in the latter. Over more than 40 years, Freud elaborated different hypotheses on the conception of time in psychoanalysis. His speculations contained numerous different aspects: a developmental point of view (the libido theory) involving fixations and regressions, the process of “retroaction”, dreams as a form of indirect recollection, the timelessness of the unconscious, the function played by primal phantasies in categorizing experience and, finally, repetition compulsion. His investigations ultimately led him to the concept of historical truth which, unfortunately, has since been neglected. Taken together, these hypotheses form a complex theory of temporality, a genuine diachronic heterogeneity, justifying its description as “fragmented time”. In this book, Andre Green sets out to restore the full richness of a theory which contemporary psychoanalysis has progressively tended to simplify with the aim of taming it and returning to a linear, homogeneous conception of time. Read more…

Psychoanalytic Clinical Practice

: Chessick, Richard

In this book, Richard Chessick selects and presents eighteen of his most salient clinical papers. His presentation of detailed treatment cases is useful to the therapist and reveals an original orientation based on his five channel theory of psychoanalytic listening, that involves listening and responding to the patient from different stances or frameworks. He also reviews the various factors that he feels are operative in bringing about changes in psychoanalytic treatment. Clinical material from the treatment of borderline patient, eating disorders, psychosomatic disorders, schizophrenic disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders and characterological and personality disorders is included. This study is personal and reveals much about the inner thoughts of the psychoanalyst as he struggles to deal with difficult problems, including impasses and failures in the treatment. Read more…

Freud or Reich?: Psychoanalysis and Illusion

: Chasseguet-Smirgel, Janine; Grunberger, Beta

This book by Janine Chasseguet-Smirgel and Beta Grunberger, presents a sustained critique of several of the ‘Freudo-Marxisms’ – Marcuse, Reich, Deleuze and Guattari’s Anti-Oedipus – based on the argument that each adopts a mistaken view of the unconscious, and distorts the Freudian theory of psychoanalysis in the interests of illusion. Read more…

A Compendium of Lacanian Terms

: Marks, Zita; Murphy, Sara; Glowinski, Huguette

Jacques Lacan (1901-81) was one of the most original and controversial thinkers of the post-war period. His ideas had a profound effect on the intellectual movements of his time and his work is of continuing importance to a wide range of disciplines: psychoanalytic theory and practice, literary criticism, critical social theory, linguistics, cinema  art criticism and political science. This title aims to give a clear and helpful exposition on some 40 key terms. Each entry outlines the idea, locating it within Lacanian discourse, and the evolution of the term within the development of Lacan’s ideas. A list of references is provided at the end of each entry. Editors : Huguette Glowinski, Sara Murphy, Zita Marks. Read more…

Psychoanalytic Empathy

: Bolognini, Stefano

For the psychoanalyst, there exist certain rare and special moments when emotion, imagination and thought combine to enable both patient and analyst to reach a profound understanding of what is happening between them. Such subjective, relational and clinical experiences are perhaps as rare as they are unforgettable. Over the past 20 years, Stefano Bolognini has concerned himself with empathy, one of the most significant, yet hotly debated and difficult to define concepts in the recent history of psychoanalysis. In this book, the author traces the philosophical origins of empathy and its development, with Freud and the first psychoanalysts, up to its “re-discovery” in the 1950s, in parallel with changing views on countertransference. Dr Bolognini then offers his observations which take us to the very heart of psychoanalysis, maintaining all the fecundity of the issues discussed while illustrating the real complexity of the empathic experience, the privileged transformative goal of the relationship between patient and analyst. Read more…

Freely Associated: Encounters in Psychoanalysis

: Molino, Anthony

This book has a very simple aim: to provide, in a single collection, an overview of the lifework and thought of five of the most gifted, insightful and provocative thinkers in contemporary psychoanalysis. Through their writings and their lectures each has achieved a status of extreme distinction enjoying almost unqualified praise from their fellow professionals. They inspire and they educate through their originality, rigour and humanity. Over a period of two years, Anthony Molino conducted and compiled these interviews. The interviews concentrate on interpretations of each analyst’s work but also blossom into more broad-ranging philosophical concerns about the nature of psychoanalysis and of their professional lives. The book offers a rewarding, fascinating and rare opportunity to encounter five extraordinary psychoanalysts speaking for themselves. Read more…

The Dynamics of the Social: Selected Essays Volume 2

: Menzies-Lyth, I

Outside analytic circles one often hears it said that psychoanalysis is only concerned with the individual. The work of Menzies Lyth is a powerful answer to that claim. Continuing the themes of Containing Anxiety in Institutions, she reflects here on a variety of social situations: the dynamics of the Fire Brigade, conflicts between psychiatric hospitals and the communities that they serve and family patterns of consumption. The collection concludes with a wide-ranging survey of the psychological aftermath of disaster, which makes new links between a Kleinian model of the earliest mental states and both the immediate and longer-term needs of disaster survivors – be it an earthquake or a plane crash. The work is a reminder of the need for a sophisticated psychoanalytic perspective on the social. Its publication confirms that Isabel Menzies Lyth’s writings constitute the most important body of psychoanalytic work on the social bearings of the psyche. Read more…

Between Losing and Finding: The Life of an Analyst

: Plaut, Fred

Born in 1913, the author of this book has known Jung, Winnicott, Anna Freud, Bion and other major figures of psychoanalysis. During a long and eventful life, Fred Plaut lived, studied and practiced as a psychoanalyst in London (40 years) and Berlin (14 years). In this entertaining and illuminating autobiography, he has interwoven historical events with personal observations and experiences to provide a fascinating record of his life. Read more…

Love of Beginnings

: Pontalis, J. B.

Winner of the Prix Femina and considered a masterpiece of autobiography, this is J. B. Pontalis’ lyrical meditation on his own life. One of France’s preeminent psychoanalysts, he is co-author of the classic The Language of Psychoanalysis and he has also been a member of the editorial committee of Les Temps Modernes. Read more…