Introducing Psychoanalysis brings together leading analysts to explain what psychoanalysis is and how it has developed, setting its ideas in their appropriate social and intellectual context.
Based on lectures given at the British Psychoanalytic Society, the contributions capture the diversity of opinion among analysts to provide a clear and dynamic presentation of concepts such as:
- sexual perversions
- trauma and the possibility of recovery
- phantasy and reality
- interpreting and transference
- two views of the Oedipus complex
- projective identification
- the paranoid-schizoid and depressive positions
- symbolism and dreams.
Frequently misunderstood subjects are demystified and the contributors' wealth of clinical and supervisory experience ensures that central concepts are explained with refreshing clarity. Clinical examples are included throughout and provide a valuable insight into the application of psychoanalytic ideas. This overview of the wide variety of psychoanalytic ideas that are current in Britain today will appeal to all those training and practicing in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy, as well as those wishing to broaden their knowledge of this field.
Table of Contents
Part I: The Mind and Psychic Pain. Galatariotou, The Defences. Joseph, The Paranoid-Schizoid Position. Roth, The Depressive Position. Barrows, 'Can this be Pity?' - Envy, Guilt and Projective Identification. Part II: Symbolisation. Johns, The Facilitating Environment. Di Ceglie, Symbol Formation and the Construction of the Inner World. Budd, Recent Developments in the Theory of Dreams. Part III: Sexuality and the Formation of Identity. Laufer, Gender Identity and Reality. Birksted-Breen, The Feminine. Feldman, The Oedipus Complex I. Kohon, The Oedipus Complex II. Part IV: Patient and Analyst Interaction. Tonnesmann, Transference and Countertransference: An Historical Approach. Roth, Projective Identification. Riley, Two Approaches to Interpretation and the Relationship Between Them. Part V:Extreme Psychic States. Campbell, Perversion: Sadism and Survival. Garland, Trauma and the Possibility of Recovery.
Susan Budd and Richard Rusbridger are both full members of the British Psychoanalytic Society.