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Psychic Experience and Problems of Technique

1st Edition

By Harold Stewart


166 pages

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Harold Stewart, a distinguished psychoanalyst of more than 30 years' experience, began his medical career as a general practitioner. He was drawn first towards hypnotherapy, then to psychoanalysis, as a more sensitive, productive and far-reaching method of exploring patients' problems.

In this book Stewart draws deeply on his own clinical experience to focus on changes in the patient's experience of inner space, and to record the growth of his own understanding of the patient's experience and how this can change. Beginning with a vivid account of the role of collusion in the myth of Jocasta and Oedipus, he goes on to a theoretical discussion of thinking, dreams, inner space and the hypnotic state, in the context of extensive clinical experience. The second part of the book centres on practical clinical issues and problems of technique, tackling in particular the role of transference interpretations, other agents of change, and the problems encountered in benign and malignant types of regression.

The wealth of clinical material and the author's informality and openness in presenting his experiences of working with very disturbed patients will be of immense practical value to other practitioners. Psychic Experience and Problems of Technique will help psychoanalysts and psychotherapists to understand the nature of clinical problems which are often encountered but seldom acknowledged.


"… an excellent investment for the analytic candidate in training. It is free of jargon, terms are lucidly explained and illustrated with rich clinical material. Any mental health practitioner who works intensively with individuals will also benefit from reading this collection of articles. The paperback volume that I reviewed is destined to become one of my most dog-eared reference texts." - American Journal of Psycholtherapy

"I warmly recommend this book as the complex issues of theory and technique are of interest to all psycho-analysts. Stewart writes with a great clarity of style, and I think his thoughts will be enjoyed regardless of one's own theoretical position." - International Forum of Psychoanalysis

Table of Contents

Introduction. Part One: Theory. A: On Collusive Relationships. Collusion and the Hypnotic State. Jocasta: Crimes and Collusion. B: Changes in Inner Experience. Changes in the Experiencing of the Dream and the Transference. Changes in the Experiencing of Inner Space. Levels of Experiencing of Thinking. Part Two: Technique. C: Issues and Problems in Effecting Psychic Change. Types of Transference Interpretations: An Object Relations View. Problems of Management and Communication. An Overview of Therapeutic Regression. Technique at the Basic Fault and Regression. Interpretation and Other Agents for Psychic Change.

About the Author

Harold Stewart is a Training Analyst of the Brisith Psycho-Analytical Society, and Chairman of its Eduction Committee. He was, until his recent retirement, Consultant Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic, London.

About the Series

The New Library of Psychoanalysis

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.

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PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health