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In Pursuit of Psychic Change

The Betty Joseph Workshop, 1st Edition

Edited by Edith Hargreaves, Arturo Varchevker


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The members of the Betty Joseph Workshop have provided major contributions to psychoanalytic thinking since the meeting's inception in 1962. This book is a celebration of Betty Joseph's work, and the work of a group of analysts who have joined her to discuss obstacles to psychic change in psychoanalytic treatment.

A prestigious line up of contributors present clinical material for discussion on a range of topics including:

  • Supporting psychic change
  • Complacency in analysis and everyday life
  • Containment, enactment and communication.

The history of psychoanalysis is one of an ongoing struggle to reach a new understanding of the human psyche and develop more effective methods of treatment. In Pursuit of Psychic Change reflects this tradition - discussions of each contribution by other members of the group provide an in-depth exploration of the merits and limitations of a developing analytic technique, in the hope of achieving true psychic change.

All psychoanalysts will benefit from the insights provided into the original and stimulating work of the members of the Betty Joseph Workshop.


"The book begins with an admirable introduction by the editors… The quality of these papers emerging from the Betty Joseph Workshop is outstanding" – Jean Arundale, British Journal of Psychotherapy

Table of Contents

Feldman, Supporting Psychic Change: Betty Joseph, Discussion by Ignes Sodré. Steiner, Containment, Enactment and Communication, Discussion by Arturo Varchevker. Sodré, Who's Who? Notes on Pathological Identifications, Discussion by Betty Joseph, Priscilla Roth. Britton, Complacency in Analysis and Everyday Life, Discussion by David Taylor. Roth, Mapping the Landscape, Discussion by Michael Feldman, Arturo Varchevker. Daniel, A Phantasy of Murder and its Consequences, Discussion by Betty Joseph, Richard Lucas. Spoto, Luxuriating in Stupefaction: The Analysis of a Narcissistic Fetish, Discussion by Martha Papadakis. Taylor, Beyond Learning Theory, Discussion by Patricia Daniel, Priscilla Roth. Hughes, Talking Makes Things Happen: A Contribution to the Understanding Of Patients' Use Of Speech in the Clinical Situation, Discussion by Patricia Daniel, Jane Temperley. O'Shaughnessy, A Projective Identification with Frankenstein: Some Questions About Psychic Limits, Discussion by Irma Brenman Pick, Robin Anderson. Papadakis, To Defy the Fates; Doubt as an Expression of Envy, Discussion by Ignes Sodré. Joseph, Epilogue.

About the Editors

Edith Hargreaves is a training analyst of the British Psychoanalytic Society.

Arturo Varchevker works as an adult psychotherapist in private practise and in the National Health Service.

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:
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health