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Intimate Attachments
Toward a New Self Psychology



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ISBN 9781572302709
Published November 19, 1997 by Guilford Press
242 Pages

 
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Book Description

Offering new ways of thinking about the intimate connections between analyst and patient, this lucid, clinically oriented volume presents an innovative model of psychoanalytic change. The authors integrate current findings in self psychology, attachment and infant research, and developmental systems theory to demonstrate the transformative power of interpersonal sharing between both members of the dyad. Interweaving conceptual material and careful guidelines for practice with case studies and clinical commentary, Intimate Attachments illuminates the power of the psychoanalytic process and affords readers a heightened level of creativity, freedom, and spontaneity in their therapeutic work. This volume will be of benefit to mental health practitioners and students interested in psychodynamic theory and treatment.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Essential Features and Origins of the Model
3. The Two Dimensions of Intimacy
4. Reconceptualizing Transference
5. Relational Configurations and the Trajectory of Developmental Progression
6. Applying Our Model to the Clinical Situation
7. The Clinical Situation across the Lifespan: Infancy and Childhood
8. The Clinical Situation across the Lifespan: Adolescence
9. The Clinical Situation across the Lifespan: Adulthood

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Biography

Morton Shane, MD, is a founding member and past co-president of the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis. He serves on the  clinical faculty of the Department of Adult and Child Psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Estelle Shane, PhD, is a founding member and past co-president of the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis. She serves on the  clinical faculty of the Department of Adult and Child Psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Mary Gales, MD, is a past co-president of the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis. She serves on the  clinical faculty of the Department of Adult and Child Psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Reviews

"A book so clear, cogent, and compelling that the reader is able to see its fundamental and revolutionary message as unassailable. The authors reposition psychoanalysis as a developmental experience and support their perspective with elegance and enthusiasm." - Arnold Goldberg, MD

"[This book presents] a comprehensive, multidimensional, developmentally based psychoanalytic framework that is both a significant theoretical advance and extremely useful clinically. The therapeutic implications of this framework, emphasizing the transformative potential of positive new experiences with the analyst, are immensely important and thought-provoking." - Robert D. Stolorow, PhD

"A masterful integration of self psychology, attachment theory, and developmental systems perspectives. The authors do a superb job of extracting the major principles from each of these perspectives in a clear and cogent manner. There is a strong connection with contemporary research and theory in developmental psychology; because of this the authors preserve and yet transform psychoanalytic theory, and in so doing revitalize it is a clinical framework. The book is beautifully written. It is thoroughly lucid and engaging." - L. Alan Sroufe, PhD