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Psychoanalysis of the Psychoses

Current Developments in Theory and Practice, 1st Edition

Edited by Riccardo Lombardi, Luigi Rinaldi, Sarantis Thanopulos


344 pages

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Psychoanalysis of the Psychoses brings together a distinguished international set of contributors, offering a range of views and approaches, to explore the latest thinking in the psychoanalytic treatment of psychosis and related disorders.

Drawing on findings from neuroscience, theory and clinical material from many schools of psychoanalytic thought, this book offers a comprehensive guide to understanding how psychosis is conceptualised from a psychoanalytic perspective. It looks at how to work with psychotic patients, typical problems in treating psychosis, and the role of pharmacology. It demonstrates the relational dimension, capable of strengthening the patient’s observing Ego and facilitating the integration of the different areas of the personality. This process can identify and work through the main psychological stress factors involved in psychotic disturbances, transforming chaotic thoughts into springboards for important insights, and offering patients the precious chance to construct for the first time a creative relationship with their own existence.

Psychoanalysis of the Psychoses will be of great interest to psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists as well as psychiatrists wishing to draw upon psychoanalytic ideas in their work.


"Rarely has a book dealt with the psychodynamics and analytic treatment of psychotic patients with the breadth and scholarship of this comprehensive volume. I enthusiastically recommend this wonderful book."-Lawrence J. Brown, IPA Psychoanalyst, Boston, USA; author of Transformational Processes in Clinical Psychoanalysis: Dreaming, Emotions, and the Present Moment (Routledge, 2019)

"The psychoanalytic research on unrepresented (psycho-somatic, autistic or autistoid etc) and psychotic states has an increasingly and important impact of the current psychoanalysis. Reading this book is a touching experience, discovering how psychotic patients can be open to psychoanalysis, so that holding and containing processes can occur."-Bernd Nissen, IPA Training and Supervising Analyst, Editor of Jahrbuch der Psychoanalyse, Berlin, Germany

Table of Contents

Series Editor Foreword Gabriela Legorreta Introduction Riccardo Lombardi, Luigi Rinaldi, Sarantis Thanopulos PART ONE: General perspectives on the psychoanalytic experience with psychosis 1 Child psychosis: an impairment in the work of representation Didier Houze 2 Chestnut Lodge and the psychoanalytic approach to psychosis John Kafka 3 A personal path to analytic therapy for psychosis Franco De Masi 4 Psychosis and body-mind dissociation. A personal perspective on the psychoanalysis of acute crises and of schizophrenia Riccardo Lombardi PART TWO: Communication and empathy with the psychotic analyzand 5 Aspects of the clinical work with psychotic patients Mark J. Blechner 6 Psychoanalytic therapy of a chronic paranoid schizophrenic woman Michael Robbins 7 The Psychoanalyst and Psychosis: the bull in a China Shop Stefano Calamandrei 8 Pain in search of psychical shelter Sarantis Thanopulos PART THREE: Particularities of Thought 9 The reversal of thinking: Bion’s theory of psychosis Giuseppe Civitarese 10. Dream, Psychosis, and Separation Anxieties Luigi Rinaldi 11. Note on psychotic activity in pathological organizations Paul Williams PART FOUR: Flexible integration between psychoanalysis and pharmacology 12.The current state of psychodynamic treatment of psychosis Ira Steinman 13. Psychoanalysis and prescription drugs in the treatment of psychotic disorders Giuseppe Martini

About the Editors

Riccardo Lombardi, MD, is a Psychoanalyst and Psychiatrist. He maintains a full-time private practice in Rome, Italy and teaches at the Roman Psychoanalytic Institute of the International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA). He is also a Training and Supervising Analyst of the Italian Psychoanalytic Society.

Luigi Rinaldi is a Psychiatrist and Training Analyst, and Member of the Italian Psychoanalytic Society and IPA. He has been Head Psychiatrist and has taught in the University schools of specialization in Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology in Naples, Italy.

Sarantis Thanopulos is a Psychiatrist and Supervising and Training Analyst of the Italian Psychoanalytic Society and IPA, based in Naples, Italy.

About the Series

The International Psychoanalytical Association Psychoanalytic Ideas and Applications Series

The aim of the The International Psychoanalytical Association Psychoanalytic Ideas and Applications Series is to focus on the scientific production of significant authors whose works are outstanding contributions to the development of the psychoanalytic field and to set out relevant ideas and themes, generated during the history of psychoanalysis, that deserve to be discussed by present psychoanalysts.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis