1st Edition

Psychoanalysis at the Crossroads An International Perspective

Edited By Fred Busch Copyright 2023
    344 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    344 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In this clear and thoughtful book, an international group of distinguished authors explore the central issues and future directions facing psychoanalytic theory and practice.

    The book explores four main questions in the development of psychoanalysis: what psychoanalysis is as an endeavour now and what it may be in the future; the effect of social issues on psychoanalysis and of psychoanalysis on social issues, such as race and gender; the importance of psychoanalytic institutes on shaping future psychoanalytic theory and practice; and the likely major issues that will be shaping psychoanalysis in years to come.

    Including contributions from within every school of psychoanalytic thought, this book is essential reading for psychoanalysts, psychoanalytic psychotherapists and all who are curious about the future directions of the profession.


    Fred Busch

    Part One: What is Basic in Psychoanalytic Technique and Theory? 

    1. Waking a Sleeping Beauty 

    Cordelia Schmidt-Hellerau

    2. New Forms of Psychopathology in a Changing World: a Challenge for Psychoanalysis in the Twenty-First Century 

    Stefano Bolognini

    3. A Turn Towards or a Turn Away? Why and How Resistance to Unbearable Ideas Evoked in the Analyst's Presence Must be the Cornerstone of Psychoanalytic Work 

    David Tuckett

    4. The Relational Unconscious: A Core Element of Intersubjectivity, Thirdness, and Clinical Process 

    Samuel Gerson

    5. How to Grow a Psychoanalytic Forest: A Challenge Going Forward 

    Fred Busch

    6. Affirming: "That's Not Psychoanalysis!": On the Value of the Politically Incorrect Act of Attempting to Define the Limits of our Field 

    Rachel Blass

    7. Psychoanalysis and its Future: Destiny at the Crossroads 

    Arthur Leonoff

    8. Technique at the Crossroads 

    Cecilio Paniagua

    9. Those Who Listen 

    Harvey Schwartz

    10. Crossroads, Cloverleaf Overpass, or Skein: The Relationship Between Some Neurocognitive Research and the Development of the Unconscious Mind 

    Allanah Furlong

    Part Two: Psychoanalysis and Social Issues 

    11. Difference: Our Legacy and Our Future 

    Harriet Wolfe

    12. Conviction, Lies and Denialism: Psychoanalytic Reflections 

    Roosevelt Cassorla

    13. First Do No Harm 

    David Bell

    14. On Whiteness, Racial Rhetoric, Identity Politics, and Critical Race Theory: A Critical Moment in American Psychoanalysis 

    Jon Mills

    Part Three: The Role of Psychoanalytic Institutes 

    15. The Training and Supervising Analyst System in the United States, Current Issues 

    Eric Marcus 

    16. Why Does Psychoanalytic Education Cause Such Dissension? 

    Alan Sugarman

    17. Psychoanalytic Institutes and their Discontents 

    H. Schmuel Erlich

    18. A Perspective from Buenos Aires 

    Abel Fainstein 

    Part Four: New Directions 

    19. The Self as Mental Agent: Explorations of a Long-Neglected Concept 

    Werner Bohleber 

    20. Another Perspective on Dreams: The Dream as an Experience 

    Stefano Bolognini

    21. Intersections Between the Feminine and the Infantile 

    Virginia Ungar 


    Fred Busch has published numerous articles on psychoanalytic technique, and he has been invited to present papers and clinical workshops nationally and internationally. His last four books: Creating a Psychoanalytic Mind (2014); The Analyst’s Reveries: Explorations in Bion’s Enigmatic Concept (2019); Dear Candidate (2020); A Fresh Look at Psychoanalytic Technique (2021).

    ‘In this rich and vitally important edited book, Fred Busch, one of the most influential and creative writers in psychoanalysis today, has brought together an international group of widely respected analysts to address a broad landscape of contemporary psychoanalytic issues. This timely book is distinguished both by a level of clarity that reaches far beyond psychoanalytic tribalism and wise, discerning thought that will serve as a catalyst for further analytic progress.

    Michael J. Diamond, training and supervising analyst, Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies; author, Masculinity and Its Discontents and Ruptures in the American Psyche: Containing Destructive Populism in Perilous Times

    ‘There are books that one has to pay attention to when reading them, and others that draw your attention. Psychoanalysis at the Crossroads belongs to this second class. In it, Fred Bush brings together prestigious colleagues from around the world who write about current issues that have to do with theoretical, clinical, and institutional concerns. There are multiple perspectives on each of the issues that makes it a book for real exchange. Psychoanalysis at the Crossroads is a symphonic work that shows the strength of our discipline and its continuous growth.’

    Claudia Lucia Borensztejn, training analyst at the Argentine Psychoanalytic Association (APA). Ex-president of APA 2016- 2020. Editor of Diccionario de Psicoanálisis Argentino. Latinoamérican. Board representative in IPA 2021-2023

    ‘Eloquent and compelling. With this new collection of essays, written by psychoanalysts from diverse and contradictory perspectives, Fred Busch challenges us to meet at this contemporary crossroads… a current fork on the road…to Thebes? … and take it as an opportunity to rethink the psychoanalytic tapestry, not only by speaking in one’s own direction, but also by listening to others. Otherwise, we are ineluctably doomed.’

    Ellen Sparer, training analyst and director of Training of the Paris Institute of Psychoanalysis, S.P.P.