Over the course of his distinguished career, Edward Weinshel has been a moral and intellectual force in contemporary psychoanalysis and an outspoken opponent of current trends in and out of the field toward dehumanization and deindividualization.
Commitment and Compassion in Psychoanalysis, under the editorship of Robert Wallerstein, brings together 14 of Weinshel's major papers. The six clinical papers reprinted in this collection address the kaleidoscope of common personality organizations and propensities which, in their extreme variants, motivate individuals to seek psychoanalytic assistance, covering topics that include "neurotic equivalents" of necrophilia, negation, lying, "gaslighting" (brainwashing), perceptual distortion during analysis, and inconsolability. These clinical expositions are supplemented by eight theoretical papers in which Weinshel gives expression to the metapsychological paradigm of ego pyschology as it existed in the 70s and 80s. Four of the papers from the early 70s cover "the ego in health and normality," the transference neurosis, and various aspects of the training analysis. The remaining four papers, published between 1984 and 1992, chronicle Weinshel's notion of resistence as the clinical unit of the psychoanalytic process, his elucidation of specifically "psychoanalytic change" as it grows out of the psychoanalytic process, and his affirmation of modern conflict theory in the face of theoretical pluralism.
Carefully edited by Robert Wallerstein and including an introductory essay by Leonard Shengold, Commitment and Compassion in Psychoanalysis brings to contemporary debates the voice of a principled exemplar of the psychoanalytic calling. Balancing intellectual acuity with a profoundly caring temperament, and augmenting respect for the psychoanalytic tradition with a flair for original ideas, Edward Weinshel speaks to all who wrestle daily with the burdens, challenges, and healing promise of the impossible profession.
Table of Contents
Shengold, Edward M. Weinshel: A Mensch for All Seasons. Part I: Clinical Papers. On Certain Neurotic Equivalents of Necrophilia (1972, with Victor Calef). "I Didn't Mean It": Negation as a Character Trait (1977). Some Observations on Not Telling the Truth (1979). Some Clinical Consquences of Introjection: Gaslighting (1981, with Victor Calef). Perceptual Distortions During Analysis: Some Observations on the Role of the Superego in Reality Testing (1986). On Inconsolability (1989). Part II: Theoretical Papers. The Ego in Health and Normality (1970). The Transference Neurosis: A Survey of the Literature (1971). Reporting, Nonreporting, and Assessment in the Training Analysis (1973, with Victor Calef). The Analyst as the Conscience of the Analysis (1980, with Victor Calef). Some Observations on the Psychoanalytic Process (1984). Further Observations on the Psychoanalytic Process (1990). How Wide is the Widening Scope of Psychoanalysis and How Solid Is Its Structural Model? Some Concerns and Observations (1990). Therapeutic Technique in Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (1992).
Robert S. Wallerstein, M.D., is Emeritus Professor and former Chair, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, and Emeritus Training and Supervising Analyst, San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute. He was the President of the American Psychoanalytic Association (1971-72) and President of the International Psychoanalytical Association (1985-89).