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Innovations in Psychoanalysis

Originality, Development, Progress, 1st Edition

Edited by Aner Govrin, Jon Mills


248 pages

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From its very inception, psychoanalysis has been a discipline encompassing two contradictory tendencies. This dualistic tendency—tradition alongside disenchantment and the will to improve knowledge—is likely responsible for psychoanalysis’ powerful capacity to survive. In Innovations in Psychoanalysis: Originality, Development, Progress, Aner Govrin and Jon Mills bring together the most eminent and diverse psychoanalysts to reflect upon the evolution, vitality and richness of psychoanalysis today.

Psychoanalysis is undergoing significant transformations involving the entire spectrum of disciplinary differences. This book illuminates these transformations, importantly revealing the innovations in technique, the evolving understanding of theory within existing schools of thought, the need for empirical resurgence, innovations in infant research, neuropsychoanalysis, in the development of new interventions and methods of treatment, and in philosophical and metatheoretical paradigms. Uniquely bringing together psychoanalysts representing different fields of expertise, the contributors answer two questions in this collection of ground-breaking essays: "What are the most important developments in psychoanalysis today?" and "What impact has your chosen perspective had on conducting psychoanalytic treatment?" Their thought-provoking and challenging answers are essential for anyone who wants to fully understand the field of psychoanalysis in our changing, current world.

Innovations in Psychoanalysis brings a whole array of differing schools of thought in dialogue with one another and will be of interest to psychoanalysts, psychologists, psychotherapists, philosophers, and historians of the behavioral sciences worldwide.


"An extraordinary feat: To encompass the dynamic, creatively unsettling and pluralist tensions between the schools of psychoanalysis and depth psychology, and also within each of the main schools in one volume. The Editors have briefed their authors perfectly, and the authors have risen to the occasion. It is a mine of information, both reliable and challenging. Could stimulate an international road show of conferences based on the book. The field needed this, and it will hugely benefit the widest possible range of practitioners, those in training, and those engaged with the area."- Andrew Samuels, Professor of Analytical Psychology, University of Essex, UK; Former Chair, UK Counsel for Psychotherapy

"This timely book will surprise people outside of psychoanalysis who think that nothing much has changed in it since the pioneering work of Freud, and it will broaden the perspectives of those within the field who have kept abreast of just one or another ‘school’. Psychoanalysis still remains the richest and most rewarding firmament of ideas about the lived life of the mind." - Mark Solms, Research Chair, IPA; Science Director, APsaA

"Innovations in Psychoanalysis is an outstanding, singularly unique contribution to the psychoanalytic literature. Astute, scholarly, fresh, Govrin and Mills have brought together a most impressive and eclectic group of psychoanalytic voices. Here, in one volume, are the most important developments in psychoanalysis today." - Galit Atlas, PhD, NYU Postdoctoral Program for Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis; author of The Enigma of Desire

Table of Contents

About the Contributors; Introduction by Aner Govrin & Jon Mills; Chapter 1: Contemporary Freudian Theory: Perspectives on Synthetic Ego Functions and the Paradox of Punishment Fantasies, Stephen J. Miller; Chapter 2: The Most Innovative Ideas in Psychoanalysis: A Kleinian Approach, Rachel B. Blass; Chapter 3: Cultural Complexes in the Psyche of Individuals and Groups: Revisioning Analytical Psychology from Within, Thomas Singer; Chapter 4: The Subject in the Age of World-formation (Mondialisation): Advances in Lacanian Theory from the Québec Group, Jeffrey S. Librett; Chapter 5: Existential Psychoanalysis: The Role of Freedom in the Clinical Encounter, M. Guy Thompson; Chapter 6: Moving Forward: New Findings on the Right Brain and their Implications for Psychoanalysis, Allan N. Schore; Chapter 7: The Impact of the Interpersonal Innovations on Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Irwin Hirsch; Chapter 8: Relational Self Psychology: A Contemporary Self Psychological Approach to the Practice of Psychoanalysis, Estelle Shane; Chapter 9: Relational Psychoanalysis: Origins, Scope, and Recent Innovations, Steven Kuchuck; Chapter 10: Phenomenology Speaks: from Intersubjectivity to the Ethical Turn, Donna M. Orange; Chapter 11: Self-Medication, Anaclitic and Introjective Personality Styles, Drug of Choice, and the Treatment of People with Substance Use Disorders: Theoretical and Clinical Implications of the Empirical Research, William H. Gottdiener; Chapter 12: Bodies and Screen Relations: Moving Treatment from Wishful Thinking to Informed Decision-Making, Gillian Isaacs Russell & Todd Essig

About the Editors

Aner Govrin, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and director of the doctoral program, Psychoanalysis and Hermeneutics, in the Department of Hermeneutics and Cultural Studies at Bar-Ilan University. Author of many publications in psychoanalysis and ethics, he maintains a private practice in Tel Aviv and is a member of the Tel Aviv Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis.

Jon Mills, PsyD, PhD, ABPP is a philosopher, psychoanalyst, and clinical psychologist. He is Professor of Psychology & Psychoanalysis at Adler Graduate Professional School, Toronto and is the author of numerous works in psychoanalysis, philosophy, and cultural studies. He runs a mental health corporation in Ontario, Canada.

About the Series

Philosophy and Psychoanalysis

The Philosophy & Psychoanalysis book series is dedicated to current developments and cutting edge research in the philosophical sciences, phenomenology, hermeneutics, existentialism, logic, semiotics, cultural studies, social criticism, and the humanities that engage and enrich psychoanalytic thought through philosophical rigor. With the philosophical turn in psychoanalysis comes a new era of theoretical research that revisits past paradigms while invigorating new approaches to theoretical, historical, contemporary, and applied psychoanalysis. No subject or discipline is immune from psychoanalytic reflection within a philosophical context including psychology, sociology, anthropology, politics, the arts, religion, science, culture, physics, and the nature of morality. Philosophical approaches to psychoanalysis may stimulate new areas of knowledge that have conceptual and applied value beyond the consulting room reflective of greater society at large. In the spirit of pluralism, Philosophy & Psychoanalysis is open to any theoretical school in philosophy and psychoanalysis that offers novel, scholarly, and important insights in the way we come to understand our world.

Series Editor Jon Mills, PsyD, PhD, ABPP is a philosopher, psychoanalyst, and psychologist, Professor of Psychology & Psychoanalysis, Adler Graduate Professional School, Toronto, and author of several books in philosophy and psychoanalysis. 


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health