Psychoanalytic Concepts and Technique in Development: Psychoanalysis, Neuroscience and Physics, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Psychoanalytic Concepts and Technique in Development

Psychoanalysis, Neuroscience and Physics, 1st Edition

By Florence Guignard


230 pages

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Psychoanalytic Concepts and Technique in Development offers a clear and thorough overview of contemporary psychoanalytic theory and clinical technique, from a largely post-Freudian, French perspective, but also informed by the work of Klein, Bion and Winnicott. Drawing on the French tradition, Florence Guignard sets out a comprehensive guide to the major drives and concepts in classical psychoanalysis, and how these are understood and employed in contemporary psychoanalytic training and practice, whilst looking ahead to the future of the discipline and drawing upon findings from related fields.

Guignard explores the premise that the way psychoanalysts conceptualize their theoretical field and technical tools conditions the way their therapeutic discipline is practiced. She argues that because their main instrument for healing is their own self, it is of utmost importance to update conceptual tools to think about this. To do so, psychoanalysts can draw upon the latest discoveries in related disciplines like neurosciences and physics. Topics covered in this book include:

  • A genealogy of the drives
  • the deconstruction of the Oedipus Complex in our contemporary societies
  • the role of the psychoanalyst’s infantile part when (s)he is at work
  • links between sensorial elements and elements of thinking
  • links between psychoanalysis, the neurosciences and physics

Combining significant insights with an accessible style, Psychoanalytic Concepts and Technique in Development will appeal to psychoanalytic psychotherapists and psychoanalysts of all levels.

Table of Contents

FOREWORD by Sparta Castoriadis & Fanny Cohen Herlem PREFACE by Anna Ferruta INTRODUCTION;CHAPTER ONE Genealogy of the drives CHAPTER TWO The birth of psychic life CHAPTER THREE The question of splitting CHAPTER FOUR An introduction to projective identification CHAPTER FIVE Sadomasochism: a chimerical concept CHAPTER SIX The epistemophilic drive CHAPTER SEVEN From drives to thinking CHAPTER EIGHT The contemporary relevance of neurosis CHAPTER NINE Oedipus with or without complex CHAPTER TEN The adolescent Oedipus CHAPTER ELEVEN The paranoïd-schizoïd and depressive positions revisited CHAPTER TWELVE The concept of the infantile CHAPTER THIRTEEN The infantile-in-the-psychoanalyst: blind patches and stopper-interpretations

About the Author

Florence Guignard is a Swiss and French psychoanalyst and member of the IPA. She is Past Chair of the IPA COCAP (Committee on Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis) and founded the SEPEA (Société Européenne pour la Psychanalyse de l’Enfant et de l’Adolescent) in 1994.

About the Series

The New Library of Psychoanalysis

The New Library of Psychoanalysis is published by Routledge Mental Health in association with the Institute of Psychoanalysis, London.

Its purpose is to facilitate a greater and more widespread appreciation of psychoanalysis and to provide a forum for increasing mutual understanding between psychoanalysts and those in other disciplines. The series also aims to make some of the work of continental and other non-English speaking analysts more readily available to English-speaking readers, and to increase the interchange of ideas between British and American analysts.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis published its first book in 1987 under the editorship of David Tuckett, later followed by Elizabeth Bott Spillius, Susan Budd and Dana Birksted-Breen. A considerable number of Associate Editors and readers have assisted the editors.

Under the guidance of Foreign Rights Editors, a considerable number of the New Library books have been published abroad, particularly in Brazil, Germany, France, Italy, Peru, Spain and Japan.

The aim of the New Library of Psychoanalysis is to maintain the high level of scholarship of the previous series, to provide a forum for increasing understanding between psychoanalysis and other disciplines and to increase the interest of the general book-reading public in psychoanalysis.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis also aims to help the various schools of psychoanalysis to better understand each other. It has published books representing all three schools of thought in British psychoanalysis, including a particularly important work edited by Pearl King and Riccardo Steiner, expounding the intellectual and organisational controversies that developed in the British psychoanalytical Society between Kleinian, Viennese and 'middle group' analysts during the Second World War.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis has also translated and published several books by Continental psychoanalysts, and it plans in the future to continue the policy of publishing books that express as clearly as possible a variety of psychoanalytic points of view.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health