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Introduction to Psychoanalysis

Contemporary Theory and Practice

By Anthony Bateman, Jeremy Holmes

© 1996 – Routledge

304 pages

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The need for a concise, comprehensive guide to the main principles and practice of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy has become pressing as the psychoanalytic movement has expanded and diversified. An introductory text suitable for a wide range of courses, this lively, widely referenced account presents the core features of contemporary psychoanalytic theory and practice in an easily assimilated, but thought-provoking manner. Illustrated throughout with clinical examples, it provides an up-to-date source of reference for a wider range of mental health professionals as well as those training in psychoanalysis, psychotherapy or counselling.


Throughout they give a measured, critical appraisal of psychoanalytic thought and practice; both its strengths and weaknesses … I found it an extremely helpful exposition of what analysts now think, why they think it, and what they now do as a result. - British Association of Counselling Practice

This extensively researched and usefully referenced book deserves the place it aspires to as an introductory text. - International Journal of Psycho-analysis

Table of Contents

Part 1: Theory 1. Introduction: History and Controversy 2. Models of the Mind 3. Origins of the Internal World 4. Mechanisms of Defence 5. Transference and Countertransference 6. Dreams, Symbols, Imagination Part II: Practice 7. Assessment 8. The Therapeutic Relationship 9. Clinical Dilemmas 10. Psychoanalytic Contributions to Psychiatry 11. Research in Psychoanalysis.

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