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New Frontiers of Relational Thinking in Psychoanalysis
A Meta-Theory of Being and Becoming

ISBN 9780367705558
Published March 18, 2021 by Routledge
242 Pages

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Book Description

New Frontiers of Relational Thinking in Psychoanalysis aims to take the reader into the depths of their humanity, to promote a creative process that the author calls 'consistency'. Consistency is a quality that enables human subjects to make themselves the starting point of their life, whatever this may be.

This book offers a thorough exploration of the place of relational thinking in contemporary psychoanalytic theory and practice. Starting with an analysis of the social and cultural context in which psychoanalysis is currently operating, and of the fragility of the human subject, the author continues by examining the essential assumptions, theoretical strands and key concepts, such as 'consciousness of consciousness', and the I subject, which helps underpin psychoanalysis. New Frontiers of Relational Thinking in Psychoanalysis develops theoretical and clinical ideas through a review of classic references, in light of new scientific and sociological perspectives, to explore and promote the progress of human beings towards their 'consistency'.

This book will be of great interest to anyone wanting to understand the place of relational thinking in psychoanalysis now, and how it is likely to develop in the near future, attentive to the challenges of society. It will also be of great value to psychoanalysts, psychologists and other mental health professionals, both in practice and in training.

Table of Contents

1. Standing up  2. The lenses through which we view the world  3. Questioning oneself on the subject  4. That I-subject  5. The beginning of existence  6. The tricks played by ‘consciousness’  7. Finally beyond  8. Educating  9. Moving forward  Bibliography  Index


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Michele Minolli (27 October 1935–5 January 2020), psychologist and psychoanalyst, was a member of the Società Italiana di Psicoanalisi della Relazione (SIPRe). He was the author of many articles published by the Italian journals Ricerca psicoanalitica and Psicoterapia e scienze umane, and by the international journals Psychoanalytic Quarterly and Psychoanalytic Dialogues.

Maria Pia Roggero, psychologist, psychoanalyst and IPMH specialst at UMass Boston, is a member of the Società Italiana di Psicoanalisi della Relazione (SIPRe), the International Federation of Psychoanalytic Societies (IFPS) and the Internation Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP). She is a faculty member of the SIPRe Institute of Milano, as well as a training analyst and supervisor. She is Vice Director of the SIPRe Institute of Milano, Director of the Lab of Research and author of numerous articles in Italian and of international journals and books.


'We are very fortunate to have Michel Minolli’s quite remarkable book, Essere e Divenire, la sofferenza dell’individualismo, published by Franco Angeli in Italy in 2015, now translated into English. Minolli’s psychoanalysis is ontological in the deepest, most compassionate sense of the word. He is interested in how we are able to be human beings, just as he is keenly attuned to who we are becoming. Using his personal experience as a psychoanalyst, he turns his attention to the individual’s ability for consistency–a rich, meaningful way of thinking about the vicissitudes of experience within oneself and with others. Minolli marshals a deep sense of philosophical, psychoanalytic and cultural lenses on the process of being human'. -Steven H. Cooper, Harvard Medical School


'A passionate, trenchant research into man's misery and nobility. The single, unique, unrepeatable human being who, starting from his non-chosen coming to life–limited to the biological, spatial, temporal, cultural and family level–can aspire to a substantial "becoming" and can, with "head held high", take his "I am", consciously, with awareness and creatively, in open interaction with "the other" in the social, cultural and political context. A positive call to hope at a time in human history when every individual is likely to lose their bearings and sink into a vain, noisy, inconsistent individualism'. -Gian Paolo Scano, SITPA