How do we know when what is happening between two people should be called psychoanalysis? What is a psychoanalytic process and how do we know when one is taking place?
Psychoanalysis Comparable and Incomparable describes the rationale and ongoing development of a six year programme of highly original meetings conducted by the European Psychoanalytic Federation Working Party on Comparative Clinical Methods. The project comprises over seventy cases discussed by more than five hundred experienced psychoanalysts over the course of sixty workshops.
Authored by a group of leading European psychoanalysts, this book explores ways for psychoanalysts using different approaches to learn from each other when they present their work to fellow psychoanalysts, and provides tools for the individual practitioner to examine and improve his or her own approach. As described in detail in its pages, sticking to the task led to some surprising experiences, raising fundamental questions about the way clinical discussion and supervision are conducted in psychoanalysis.
Well known by many in the psychoanalytic community and the object of much interest and debate, this project is described by those who have had the closest contact with it and will satisfy a widely held curiosity in psychoanalysts and psychotherapists throughout the world.
David Tuckett is winner of the 2007 Sigourney Award.
"This extraordinary volume describes the enormous progress made by an ongoing international scientific effort to help analysts identify a core of the psychoanalytic process that is compatible with the variety of theories and techniques that now exists in the international community… I know of no project more important than this one for the future of psychoanalysis. Each chapter is filled with ideas, and every working analyst will come away from this book stimulated to think in new and interesting ways about his or her own clinical activity." - Arnold M. Cooper, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, USA
"This extraordinary and fascinating text is the fruition of many years' work by a large group of European psychoanalysts who set themselves the task of determining what goes on when a psychoanalyst practices psychoanalysis… I thoroughly recommend this book as an example of the richness and aliveness of contemporary psychoanalytic reflection." - David Hewison, Journal of Analytical Psychology, Vol. 54, No. 4, 2009
Birksted Breen, Introductory Foreword. Tuckett, On Difference, Discussing Differences and Comparison: An Introduction. Denis, In Praise of Empiricism. Bohm, Before the Method, Underestimating the Problem and the Meeting in Prague. Jemstedt, The Sorrento Experience: Chaos Replaced by Too Much Structure. Hinz, Some Reflections on the Problems of Comparison and Difference in the Light of Doubts and Enthusiasms. Tuckett, Reflection and Evolution: Developing the 2-Step Method. Birksted Breen, Ferro, Mariotti, Work in Progress: Using the 2-Step Method. Schubert, Experiences of Participating: Group Processes and Group Dynamics. Basile, Ferro, Some Surprises: A New Style for Case Discussion? Tuckett, Reflection and Comparison: Some Final Remarks. Tuckett, Appendix: The Origins of the EPF "New" Scientific Policy and Early History of the Working Party.
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.