Bringing a fresh contemporary Freudian view to a number of current issues in psychoanalysis, this book is about a psychoanalytic method that has been evolved by Fred Busch over the past 40 years called Creating a Psychoanalytic Mind. It is based on the essential curative process basic to most psychoanalytic theories - the need for a shift in the patient's relationship with their own mind. Busch shows that with the development of a psychoanalytic mind the patient can acquire the capacity to shift the inevitability of action to the possibility of reflection.
Creating a Psychoanalytic Mind is derived from an increasing clarification of how the mind works that has led to certain paradigm changes in the psychoanalytic method. While the methods of understanding the human condition have evolved since Freud, the means of bringing this understanding to patients in a way that is meaningful have not always followed. Throughout, Fred Busch illustrates that while the analyst's expertise is crucial to the process, the analyst's stance, rather than mainly being an expert in the content of the patient's mind, is primarily one of helping the patient to find his own mind.
Creating a Psychoanalytic Mind will appeal to psychoanalysts and psychotherapists interested in learning a theory and technique where psychoanalytic meaning and meaningfulness are integrated. It will enable professionals to work differently and more successfully with their patients.
"Because of its rich clinical vignettes this book would be highly recommended for analysts at all levels of experience and would be an excellent teaching tool for those engaged in educating residents to the complexities of our field." - Francis Baudry, The International Journal of Psychoanalysis
"In my view Fred Busch is an authentically international psychoanalyst not only because of his wide and brilliant culture, but more specifically because of his capacity for dialogue and his special skill in understanding the other’s mentality and position: an attitude that creates new spaces, new encounters, new shared visions both in the clinical work and in the scientific interchange. His unique thinking in understanding the psychoanalytic method leads to new insights into our methods of analyzing, based on a thorough theoretical base. It is all on display in his current book, which I recommend most highly."- Stefano Bolognini, M.D., President, International Psychoanalytic Association
"In this stimulating new volume, Fred Busch secures his position as one of our foremost thinkers in contemporary ego psychology. He further elaborates on his life's work and makes surprising connections to thinkers as diverse as Betty Joseph and Andre Green. His central thesis involves the therapeutic action of psychoanalysis, which Busch suggests involves helping the patient to know his mind and to transform action into reflection. In this regard he joins ranks with those who see psychoanalysis as our last bastion of "know thyself" in an era of quick fixes and superficial approaches that eschew a systematic look at how one's mind works. Both experienced analysts and candidates will find much of value in this work. I highly recommend it." - Glen O. Gabbard, MD, Author, Love and Hate in the Analytic Setting
"While American Psychoanalysts have had little impact on psychoanalysis in Latin America, when Fred Busch came to Argentina to speak to us his ideas about psychoanalytic treatment seemed new, yet familiar, and were greatly appreciated. In this richly textured, clearly written book, his perspective allows him to bring together many views that highlight certain paradigm shifts in psychoanalytic treatment, which lead to fresh insights into many technical issues. Analysts’ from different perspectives will benefit greatly from studying this text." - Virginia Ungar, M.D., Training and Supervising Analyst, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Paniagua, Foreword. Busch, Introduction. A Personal Journey. Part I: Paradigm Shifts. Psychoanalytic Knowledge as a Process and a State. Speaking to the Preconscious. The Transformative Function of the Analyst's Words. How the Unconscious Speaks to Us. The Workable Here and Now and the Why of There and Then. Part II. The Methods of Psychoanalysis. Free Association. Why Do We Ask Questions? Working Through. Working Within the Transference. Working Within the Countertransference. Introduction to a Conversation. The Middle Phase. Termination. Reflections and Resolution. References.