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British Psychoanalysis New Perspectives in the Independent Tradition

Edited By Gregorio Kohon Copyright 2018
    372 Pages
    by Routledge

    372 Pages
    by Routledge

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    British Psychoanalysis: New Perspectives in the Independent Tradition is a new and extended edition of The British School of Psychoanalysis: The Independent Tradition, which explored the successes and failures of the early environment; transference and counter-transference in the psychoanalytic encounter; regression in the situation of treatment; and female sexuality. Published in the mid-1980s, it had an important influence on the development of psychoanalysis both in Great Britain and abroad, was translated into several languages and became a central textbook in academic and professional courses.

    This new, updated book includes not only many of the original papers, but also new chapters written for this volume by Hannah Browne, Josh Cohen, Steven Groarke, Gregorio Kohon, Rosine Perelberg and Megan Virtue. Addressing and reflecting on the four main themes of the first collection, the new papers discuss such subjects as:

    · a new focus on earliest infancy

    · new directions in Independent clinical thinking

    · the question of therapeutic regression

    . the centrality of sexual difference in Freud.

    They also highlight the connections between and the mutual influence of British and French psychoanalysis, now a critical subject in contemporary psychoanalytic debates.

    British Psychoanalysis: New Perspectives in the Independent Tradition will be important not only to psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists and the full spectrum of professionals involved in mental health. It will be of great value in psychotherapy and counselling training and an important resource for teaching and academic activities.



    Chapter 1: Thirty years later: looking back into the future Gregorio Kohon

    Chapter 2: A multi-dimensional frame of reference: the Independent tradition Rosine Jozef Perelberg

    Gregorio Kohon

    Chapter 3: Prefatory remarks

    Chapter 4: Notes on the history of the psychoanalytic movement in Great Britain

    Chapter 5: Countertransference: an Independent view

    Chapter 6: Concluding remarks


    Chapter 7: Psychic life: a new focus on earliest infancy Josh Cohen

    Chapter 8: The transformational object Christopher Bollas

    Chapter 9: The concept of cumulative trauma M. Masud R. Khan

    Chapter 10: Fear of breakdown Donald W. Winnicott


    Chapter 11: Making sense together: new directions in Independent clinical thinking Steven Groarke

    Chapter 12: ‘Slouching towards Bethlehem …’: or thinking about the unthinkable in psychoanalysis Nina E.C. Coltart

    Chapter 13: Elements of the psychoanalytic relationship and their therapeutic implications John Klauber

    Chapter 14: Affects and the psychoanalytic situation Adam Limentani

    Chapter 15: The analyst’s act of freedom as agent of therapeutic change Neville Symington


    Chapter 16: Regression: allowing the future to be re-imagined Hannah Browne

    Chapter 17: The unobtrusive analyst Michael Balint

    Chapter 18: Some pressures on the analyst for physical contact during the reliving of an early trauma Patrick J. Casement

    Chapter 19: Problems of management in the analysis of a hallucinating hysteric Harold Stewart


    Chapter 20: The centrality of sexual difference in Freud: the work of Gregorio Kohon and Juliet Mitchell Megan Virtue

    Chapter 21: Reflections on Dora: the case of hysteria Gregorio Kohon

    Chapter 22: The question of femininity and the theory of psychoanalysis Juliet Mitchell


    Gregorio Kohon is a Training Analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society. His psychoanalytic publications include Reflections on the Aesthetic Experience: Psychoanalysis and the Uncanny, published by Routledge in 2016.

    "With characteristic intellectual rigour, literary elegance and generosity, Kohon presents a new version of his influential book on the Independent tradition in British psychoanalysis. He has invited contemporary psychoanalysts to reflect upon the main themes of the earlier work. Situating the book within psychoanalysis’ engagement with temporality and the concept of Nactraglikheit, the link is made with the essential papers from the rich clinical and theoretical Independent tradition whilst reconsidering them within a contemporary focus, particularly the developments in French psychoanalysis. The result is a finely woven and deeply relevant synthesis of past and present. Kohon writes of the ‘greedy intellectual curiosity’ central to psychoanalysis; his book is a beautiful example of that curiosity."-Rosemary Davies, Training Analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society.

    "In this sparkling contribution, Kohon has curated a collection of papers inspired by what thirty years ago he identified as the British Independent Tradition. This book is more than a guide to one dialect of the psychoanalytic project. It is, in fact, an impressive renewal of the true meaning of independent thought: an engagement which honours, challenges, and creatively advances a tradition. Each essay pulls its weight. Each reading rewards. Kohon and his colleagues demonstrate that psychoanalytic thinking, writing and practice will remain inventive and compelling as long as the psychoanalytic imagination refuses to compromise its radical challenge to the simplified, the self-serving and the status quo. In this independent spirit lies our replenishment and our renewal."-Jed Sekoff, Training Analyst of the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California.