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Psychoanalysis as Therapy and Storytelling

1st Edition

By Antonino Ferro


160 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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Is psychoanalysis a type of literature? Can telling 'stories' help us to get at the truth?

Psychoanalysis as Therapy and Storytelling examines psychoanalysis from two perspectives - as a cure for psychic suffering, and as a series of stories told between patient and analyst.

Antonino Ferro uses numerous clinical examples to investigate how narration and interpretation are interconnected in the analytic session. He draws on and develops Bion's theories to present a novel perspective on subjects such as:

  • psychoanalysis as a particular form of literature
  • sexuality as a narrative genre or dialect in the analyst's consulting room
  • delusion and hallucination
  • acting out, the countertransference and the transgenerational field
  • play: characters, narrations and interpretations.

Psychoanalytic clinicians and theoreticians alike will find the innovative approach to the analytic session described here of great interest.

Winner of the 2007 Sigourney Award.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Narrations and Interpretations. Telling Ourselves Stories With, Perhaps, a Grain of Truth. In Praise of Row C: Psychoanalysis as a Particular Form of Literature. Sexuality as a Narrative Genre or Dialect in the Analyst’s Consulting Room. The Waking Dream: Theoretical and Clinical Aspects. Delusion and Hallucination. Characters in Literature and in the Analyst’s Consulting Room. Notes on Acting Out, the Countertransference and the Transgenerational Field. Child and Adolescent Analysis: Similarities and Differences that Mask an Underlying Unity. Play: Characters, Narrations and Interpretations.

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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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health