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Doubt, Conviction and the Analytic Process

Selected Papers of Michael Feldman

By Michael Feldman

Edited by Betty Joseph

© 2009 – Routledge

288 pages

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About the Book

In this profound and subtle study, a practising psychoanalyst explores the dynamics of the interaction between the patient and the analyst. Michael Feldman draws the reader into experiencing how the clinical interaction unfolds within a session. In doing so, he develops some of the implications of the important pioneering work of such analysts as Klein, Rosenfeld and Joseph, showing in fine detail some of the ways in which the patient feels driven to communicate to the analyst, not only in order to be understood by him, but also in order to affect him.

The author's detailed descriptions of the clinical process allow the reader to follow the actual process that enables the patient to get into contact with thoughts and feelings of which he or she was previously unconscious or only vaguely aware.

Feldman makes the reader aware of the constant dynamic interaction between the patient and the analyst, each affecting the other. He shows how the analyst has to find a balance between doubt, uncertainty and confusion in himself and through this process may arrive at an understanding of what is happening, and by formulating this understanding the analyst can make a significant contribution to the process of psychic change.

This collection of essays not only throws light on fascinating questions of technique, but also reflects on elements that are fundamental to psychoanalytic work. It is essential reading for practising psychoanalysts and those in training, as well as anyone with a general interest in the psychoanalytic relationship between the client and the therapist in the consulting room.

Reviews

"Doubt Conviction and the Analytic Process is an impressive collection of thirteen clinical papers written by Michael Feldman… These papers provide a vivid account of the way in which one particular analyst works and how we can always learn more from such detailed accounts, regardless of orientation. I have already recommended this book to several trainees and supervisees and would expect to see it appearing on reading lists with regard to specific papers." - Jennifer Caccia, Journal of Analytical Psychology, Vol. 55, 2010

"Clinical work is what Michael Feldman depicts with astonishing richness and clarity in the essays contained in Doubt, Conviction, and the Analytic Process…[The book] conveys a unique understanding of the problems that arise for all of us in our psychoanalytic work. It is a book of enormous breadth, strength, and value…Feldman expands the vocabulary we might use to speak about patients and our own experience with them…A lasting contribution." - Lynne Zeavin, The Psychoanalytic Quarterly

Table of Contents

Schafer, Preface. Joseph, Introduction. Feldman, The Oedipus Complex: Manifestations in the Inner World and the Therapeutic Situation. Splitting and Projective Identification. Projective Identification: The Analyst’s Involvement. The Dynamics of Reassurance. The Illumination of History. Manifestation of the Death Instinct in the Consulting Room. Envy and the Negative Therapeutic Reaction. Addressing Parts of the Self. ‘I Was Thinking….’ The Defensive Use of Compliance. Grievance: The Underlying Oedipal Configuration. Filled with Doubt. The Problem of Conviction in the Session.

About the Author/Editor

Michael Feldman studied psychology and medicine, and worked for many years in the Psychotherapy Unit at the Maudsley in London. He is now a training analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society and lectures and supervises clinical work in several centres in Europe and the USA. He has published numerous psychoanalytical papers, and has co-edited, with Elizabeth Spillius, Psychic Equilibrium and Psychic Change: Selected Papers of Betty Joseph (Routledge, 1989)

About the Series

The New Library of Psychoanalysis

The New Library of Psychoanalysis is published by Routledge Mental Health in association with the Institute of Psychoanalysis, London.

Its purpose is to facilitate a greater and more widespread appreciation of psychoanalysis and to provide a forum for increasing mutual understanding between psychoanalysts and those in other disciplines. The series also aims to make some of the work of continental and other non-English speaking analysts more readily available to English-speaking readers, and to increase the interchange of ideas between British and American analysts.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis published its first book in 1987 under the editorship of David Tuckett, later followed by Elizabeth Bott Spillius, Susan Budd and Dana Birksted-Breen. A considerable number of Associate Editors and readers have assisted the editors.

Under the guidance of Foreign Rights Editors, a considerable number of the New Library books have been published abroad, particularly in Brazil, Germany, France, Italy, Peru, Spain and Japan.

The aim of the New Library of Psychoanalysis is to maintain the high level of scholarship of the previous series, to provide a forum for increasing understanding between psychoanalysis and other disciplines and to increase the interest of the general book-reading public in psychoanalysis.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis also aims to help the various schools of psychoanalysis to better understand each other. It has published books representing all three schools of thought in British psychoanalysis, including a particularly important work edited by Pearl King and Riccardo Steiner, expounding the intellectual and organisational controversies that developed in the British psychoanalytical Society between Kleinian, Viennese and 'middle group' analysts during the Second World War.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis has also translated and published several books by Continental psychoanalysts, and it plans in the future to continue the policy of publishing books that express as clearly as possible a variety of psychoanalytic points of view.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY026000
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis