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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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Prologue to Violence Child Abuse, Dissociation, and Crime

Prologue to Violence: Child Abuse, Dissociation, and Crime

1st Edition

By Abby Stein
June 09, 2014

Despite mounting references to the "transgenerational transmission of violence," we still lack a compelling understanding of the linkage between the interpersonal violence of early life and the criminal violence of adulthood. In Prologue to Violence, Abby Stein draws on the gripping narratives of ...

Wounded By Reality Understanding and Treating Adult Onset Trauma

Wounded By Reality: Understanding and Treating Adult Onset Trauma

1st Edition

By Ghislaine Boulanger
June 09, 2014

The culmination of three decades of studying and treating survivors of adult onset trauma, Wounded by Reality is the first systematic attempt to differentiate adult onset trauma from childhood trauma, with which it is frequently confused. When catastrophic events overtake adult lives, they often ...

Mended by the Muse: Creative Transformations of Trauma

Mended by the Muse: Creative Transformations of Trauma

1st Edition

By Sophia Richman
April 07, 2014

Mended by the Muse: Creative Transformations of Trauma is an in-depth exploration of the relationship between trauma and creativity. It is about art in the service of healing, mourning, and memorialization. This book addresses the questions of how artistic expression facilitates the healing process...

Cupid's Knife: Women's Anger and Agency in Violent Relationships

Cupid's Knife: Women's Anger and Agency in Violent Relationships

1st Edition

By Abby Stein
November 12, 2013

Much domestic violence literature has called attention to the fact that women's material needs for shelter, daycare, employment, and legal protection may render them helpless to leave toxic relationships. Yet, even with the provision of these, many women remain tightly wound in their abusers' ...

Contemporary Psychoanalysis and the Legacy of the Third Reich History, Memory, Tradition

Contemporary Psychoanalysis and the Legacy of the Third Reich: History, Memory, Tradition

1st Edition

By Emily A. Kuriloff
August 06, 2013

For most of the twentieth century, Jewish and/or politically leftist European psychoanalysts rarely linked their personal trauma history to their professional lives, for they hoped their theory—their Truth—would transcend subjectivity and achieve a universality not unlike the advances in the "hard"...

Love and Loss in Life and in Treatment

Love and Loss in Life and in Treatment

1st Edition

By Linda B. Sherby
March 27, 2013

Have you ever wondered what a therapist really thinks? Have you ever wondered if a therapist truly cares about her patients? Have you tried to imagine the unimaginable, the loss of the person most dear to you? Is it true that `tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all? ` ...

Prelogical Experience An Inquiry into Dreams and Other Creative Processes

Prelogical Experience: An Inquiry into Dreams and Other Creative Processes

1st Edition

By Edward S. Tauber, Maurice R. Green
November 29, 2005

One of the foundational texts of interpersonal psychoanalysis, Prelogical Experience (1959) is a pioneering attempt to elaborate an interpersonal theory of personality that encompasses the nonpropositional, nonverbal dimension of human experience.  Prelogical processes, the authors hold, ...

Imagination from Fantasy to Delusion

Imagination from Fantasy to Delusion

1st Edition

By Lois Oppenheim
July 03, 2012

In Imagination from Fantasy to Delusion, Lois Oppenheim illustrates the enhancement of self that creativity affords, the relationship of imagination to the self as agent. The premise of this book is twofold: First, that the imaginary is real. Where it differs from what we commonly take to be ...

Still Practicing The Heartaches and Joys of a Clinical Career

Still Practicing: The Heartaches and Joys of a Clinical Career

1st Edition

By Sandra Buechler
April 06, 2012

"Still practicing" has several meanings. Still practicing suggests that the balance of heartaches and joys must not deter us from pursuing a clinical practice. At the same time, still practicing suggests that for the clinician "practice" never "makes perfect." We continue to refine our clinical ...

Dancing with the Unconscious The Art of Psychoanalysis and the Psychoanalysis of Art

Dancing with the Unconscious: The Art of Psychoanalysis and the Psychoanalysis of Art

1st Edition

By Danielle Knafo
March 05, 2012

In writing and lecturing over the past two decades on the relationship between psychoanalysis and art, Danielle Knafo has demonstrated the many ways in which these two disciplines inform and illuminate each other. This book continues that discussion, emphasizing how the creative process in ...

Money Talks in Therapy, Society, and Life

Money Talks: in Therapy, Society, and Life

1st Edition

Edited By Brenda Berger, Stephanie Newman
July 28, 2011

Sometimes referred to as "the last taboo," money has remained something of a secret within psychoanalysis. Ironically, while it is an ingredient in almost every encounter between analyst and patient, the analyst's personal feelings about money are rarely discussed openly or in any great ...

Coasting in the Countertransference Conflicts of Self Interest between Analyst and Patient

Coasting in the Countertransference: Conflicts of Self Interest between Analyst and Patient

1st Edition

By Irwin Hirsch
February 12, 2008

Winner of the 2009 Goethe Award for Psychoanalytic Scholarship! Irwin Hirsch, author of Coasting in the Countertransference, asserts that countertransference experience always has the potential to be used productively to benefit patients. However, he also observes that it ...

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