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Psychoanalysis in a New Key Book Series


About the Series

When music is played in a new key, the melody does not change, but the notes that make up the composition do: change in the context of continuity, continuity that perseveres through change. Psychoanalysis in a New Key publishes books that share the aims psychoanalysts have always had, but that approach them differently. The books in the series are not expected to advance any particular theoretical agenda, although to this date most have been written by analysts from the Interpersonal and Relational orientations.

The most important contribution of a psychoanalytic book is the communication of something that nudges the reader’s grasp of clinical theory and practice in an unexpected direction. Psychoanalysis in a New Key creates a deliberate focus on innovative and unsettling clinical thinking. Because that kind of thinking is encouraged by exploration of the sometimes surprising contributions to psychoanalysis of ideas and findings from other fields, Psychoanalysis in a New Key particularly encourages interdisciplinary studies. Books in the series have married psychoanalysis with dissociation, trauma theory, sociology, and criminology. The series is open to the consideration of studies examining the relationship between psychoanalysis and any other field – for instance, biology, literary and art criticism, philosophy, systems theory, anthropology, and political theory.

But innovation also takes place within the boundaries of psychoanalysis, and Psychoanalysis in a New Key therefore also presents work that reformulates thought and practice without leaving the precincts of the field. Books in the series focus, for example, on the significance of personal values in psychoanalytic practice, on the complex interrelationship between the analyst’s clinical work and personal life, on the consequences for the clinical situation when patient and analyst are from different cultures, and on the need for psychoanalysts to accept the degree to which they knowingly satisfy their own wishes during treatment hours, often to the patient’s detriment.

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The Fallacy of Understanding & The Ambiguity of Change

The Fallacy of Understanding & The Ambiguity of Change

1st Edition

By Edgar Levenson
October 14, 2005

In The Fallacy of Understanding (1972) and The Ambiguity of Change (1983), Edgar Levenson elaborated the many ways in which the psychoanalyst and the patient interact - unconsciously, continuously, inevitably.  For Levenson, it was impossible for the analyst not to interact with the patient, ...

Clinical Values Emotions That Guide Psychoanalytic Treatment

Clinical Values: Emotions That Guide Psychoanalytic Treatment

1st Edition

By Sandra Buechler
July 13, 2004

In this refreshingly honest and open book, Sandra Buechler looks at therapeutic process issues from the standpoint of the human qualities and human resourcefulness that the therapist brings to each clinical encounter.  Her concern is with the clinical values that shape the psychoanalytically ...

On the Lyricism of the Mind Psychoanalysis and literature

On the Lyricism of the Mind: Psychoanalysis and literature

1st Edition

By Dana Amir
December 08, 2015

On the Lyricism of the Mind: Psychoanalysis and Literature explores the lyrical dimension (or the lyricism) of the psychic space. It is not presented as an artistic disposition, but rather as a universal psychic quality which enables the recovery and recuperation of the self. The specific nature of...

Entering Night Country Psychoanalytic Reflections on Loss and Resilience

Entering Night Country: Psychoanalytic Reflections on Loss and Resilience

1st Edition

By Stephanie Brody
December 21, 2015

None of us will escape the experience of personal loss, illness, aging, or mortality.  Yet, psychoanalysis seems to shy away from a discussion of these core human experiences. Existential vulnerability is painful and we all avoid this awareness in different ways.  However, when analysts fail to ...

Relational Freedom Emergent Properties of the Interpersonal Field

Relational Freedom: Emergent Properties of the Interpersonal Field

1st Edition

By Donnel B. Stern
June 11, 2015

Relational Freedom: Emergent Properties of the Interpersonal Field addresses the interpersonal field in clinical psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, especially the emergent qualities of the field. The book builds on the foundation of unformulated experience, dissociation, and enactment defined and ...

Psychoanalysis and the Artistic Endeavor Conversations with literary and visual artists

Psychoanalysis and the Artistic Endeavor: Conversations with literary and visual artists

1st Edition

By Lois Oppenheim
January 28, 2015

Psychoanalysis and the Artistic Endeavor offers an intriguing window onto the creative thinking of several well-known and highly creative individuals.  Internationally renowned writers, painters, choreographers, and others converse with the author about their work and how it has been informed by ...

Micro-trauma A Psychoanalytic Understanding of Cumulative Psychic Injury

Micro-trauma: A Psychoanalytic Understanding of Cumulative Psychic Injury

1st Edition

By Margaret Crastnopol
January 22, 2015

Micro-trauma: A psychoanalytic understanding of cumulative psychic injury explores the "micro-traumatic" or small, subtle psychic hurts that build up to undermine a person’s sense of self-worth, skewing his or her character and compromising his or her relatedness to others. These injuries amount to...

Understanding and Treating Patients in Clinical Psychoanalysis Lessons from Literature

Understanding and Treating Patients in Clinical Psychoanalysis: Lessons from Literature

1st Edition

By Sandra Buechler
November 07, 2014

Understanding and Treating Patients in Clinical Psychoanalysis: Lessons from Literature describes the problematic ways people learn to cope with life’s fundamental challenges, such as maintaining self-esteem, bearing loss, and growing old. People tend to deal with the challenges of being human in ...

The Interpersonal Tradition The origins of psychoanalytic subjectivity

The Interpersonal Tradition: The origins of psychoanalytic subjectivity

1st Edition

By Irwin Hirsch
October 02, 2014

In The Interpersonal Tradition: The Origins of Psychoanalytic Subjectivity, Irwin Hirsch offers an overview of psychoanalytic history and in particular the evolution of Interpersonal thinking, which has become central to much contemporary psychoanalytic theory and practice. This book of Hirsch’s ...

What Do Mothers Want? Developmental Perspectives, Clinical Challenges

What Do Mothers Want?: Developmental Perspectives, Clinical Challenges

1st Edition

Edited By Sheila F. Brown
September 11, 2014

What do mothers want and need from their parenting partners, their extended families, their friends, colleagues, and communities? And what can mental health professionals do to help them meet their daunting responsibilities in the contemporary world? The talented contributors to What Do Mothers ...

Body-States:Interpersonal and Relational Perspectives on the Treatment of Eating Disorders

Body-States:Interpersonal and Relational Perspectives on the Treatment of Eating Disorders

1st Edition

Edited By Jean Petrucelli
August 27, 2014

In this edited volume, Jean Petrucelli brings together the work of talented clinicians and researchers steeped in working with eating disordered patients for the past 10 to 35 years. Eating disorders are about body-states and their relational meanings. The split of mindbody functioning is enacted ...

The One and the Many Relational Approaches to Group Psychotherapy

The One and the Many: Relational Approaches to Group Psychotherapy

1st Edition

Edited By Robert Grossmark, Fred Wright
July 23, 2014

The One and the Many: Relational Approaches to Group Psychotherapy applies advances in relational psychoanalysis to the theory and practice of group psychotherapy. In this volume Robert Grossmark and Fred Wright bring together leading writers in the group psychotherapy field, both psychoanalysts ...

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