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Psychoanalysis at the Crossroads
An International Perspective

Edited By

Fred Busch

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ISBN 9781032375502
March 15, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
352 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


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 

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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 are as follows: 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.