Intersubjective Processes and the Unconscious looks at how the minds of the therapist and the patient interact with each other in a profound and unconscious way: a concept first described by Freud.
This book expands Freud’s ideas further and examines how these have been greatly elaborated by contributions from the Kleinian School as well as from the work of Bion. It explores how, together, patient and therapist co-create a narrative through these unconscious intersubjective processes. Topics of discussion include:
The author offers in-depth clinical examples and case vignettes to illustrate the application of these principles when working with trauma, countertransference dreams and supervision. As such, this book will be invaluable to all psychoanalysts and psychotherapists interested in the topic of intersubjectivity as well as those who want to learn more about the interactional dimensions of Freud, Klein and Bion.
"Lawrence Brown’s work is a tour de force. It is an invaluable and timely work on one of the most important, if not the most important, paradigm changes in analytic technique to date. His work is quantitatively encyclopaedic in its range, and qualitatively is pleasingly and eloquently written." James S. Grotstein, from the foreword
"Lawrence Brown’s work is a tour de force. It is an invaluable and timely work on one of the most important, if not the most important, paradigm changes in analytic technique to date. His work is quantitatively encyclopaedic in its range, and qualitatively is pleasingly and eloquently written."
James S. Grotstein, from the foreword
Introduction. The Analyzing Instrument: Unconscious Communication and Classical Psychoanalysis. Klein, Bion and Intersubjectivity: Becoming, Transforming and Dreaming. The Ego Psychology of Wilfred Bion: Implications for an Intersubjective View of Psychic Structure. Intersubjectivity and Unconscious Process: An Integrated Model. Intersubjectivity and the Internalized Oedipal Couple. Julie’s Museum: The Evolution of Thinking, Dreaming and Historicization in the Treatment of Traumatized Patients. The Triadic Intersubjective Matrix in Supervision. On Dreaming One’s Patient: Reflections on an Aspect of Countertransference Dream. Conclusions and Reflections: Dreaming the Future. References.
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.