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Interpretive Voices

Responding to Patients, 1st Edition

Edited by Jean Arundale, Debbie Bandler Bellman


248 pages

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The contributions in this book exemplify ways in which different analysts think about and treat the issue of interpretation, illustrating the distinctiveness with which an analyst expresses his or her own personality, creativity, and understanding within the medium of psychoanalysis. Entering the realm of the philosophical concept of the particularised universal in which the general concept finds its expression not in abstraction but only in its particular manifestation, each analyst construes the theories and body of knowledge of psychoanalysis in his or her own way. The editors believe that the analytic process can embrace not only different theoretical views, but also differences in how we listen to and communicate with our patients, the expressions of which create an analytic climate with its own particular diction, vocabulary, and distinctive voice. The individual voice is implicit in the literature, capable of being demonstrated, and an important factor in the analytic process.

Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS ABOUT THE EDITORS AND CONTRIBUTORS INTRODUCTION - Jean Arundale and Debbie Bandler BellmanCHAPTER ONE The voice behind the couch: whatever happened to the blank screen? - Sara CollinsCHAPTER TWO Do interpretations tell the truth? - Jean ArundaleCHAPTER THREE Hearing, being heard, and the fear of interpretation - Debbie Bandler BellmanCHAPTER FOUR Tactics and empathy: defences against projective identification - Lesley SteynCHAPTER FIVE Double-sided interpretations and the severe superego - Julia SandelsonCHAPTER SIX The painful relinquishment of baseless hope: interpreting small steps towards reality - Michael HaltonCHAPTER SEVEN Shades of doubt: scepticism, cynicism, and fundamentalism - Simon ArcherCHAPTER EIGHT Interpreting two kinds of love - Joscelyn RichardsCHAPTER NINE Destroying the knowledge of the need for love - David MorganCHAPTER TEN 'Holding and Interpretation': Winnicott at work - Lesley CaldwellINDEX

About the Editors

Jean Arundale

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health