1st Edition

In Pursuit of Psychic Change
The Betty Joseph Workshop

ISBN 9781583918234
Published March 24, 2004 by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

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.

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.

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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.


"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