1st Edition

Psychoanalytic Credo
Personal and Professional Journeys of Psychoanalysts

Edited By

Jill Salberg

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ISBN 9781032054728
November 2, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
280 Pages

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Book Description

Developing a psychoanalytic credo, a set of beliefs that inform how you listen and approach the analytic enterprise with patients, is in many ways the scaffolding of psychoanalytic training. Drawing upon Mannie Ghent’s original Credo essay, twenty-seven psychoanalysts were asked to write their credo and/or their psychoanalytic journey. This book represents a multi-theoretical and multi-generational grouping, trained at different institutes, during different eras (grouped by decades 1960-2000) and across cultures. They are drawn from analysts identified with Relational, Object Relations, Contemporary Freudians and Kleinian/Bionian perspectives as well as those who don’t easily fit categorization. This book serves to provide companionship to analysts in training, as part of reading lists in institutes as well as analysts post-training and yet still evolving in their psychoanalytic journey.

Table of Contents

Jill Salberg

Section 1


1. My Journey*

Sheldon Bach, Ph.D.

2. My Journey: Haydee Faimberg Interviewed by and in conversation with

Graciela V. Consoli and Ezequiel A. Jaroslavsky*

Haydee Faimberg, M.D.


Section 2


3. What After Pluralism? Ulysses Still on the Road*

Ricardo Bernardi, M.D.


4. What is Theory?*

Christopher Bollas, Ph.D.

5. My Psychoanalytic Journey*

Stephen A. Mitchell, Ph.D.

6. An Autobiographical Fragment*

Jay Greenberg, Ph.D.

7. Credo: Psychoanalysis as a Wisdom Tradition

Nancy McWilliams, Ph.D.

8. Becoming the Analysts That We Turn Out to Be

Michael Parsons, M.D.

Section 3:


9. Credo: Mutuality and Asymmetry*

Lewis Aron, Ph.D.

10. Credo: The Sufferings of the World

Jessica Benjamin, Ph.D.

11. Credo: Playing and Becoming in Psychoanalysis

Steven Cooper, Ph.D.

12. Credo

Adrienne Harris, Ph.D.

13. Reflections on the way I practice psychoanalysis*

Thomas Ogden, M.D.

14. Toward a Humanistic Psychoanalysis

Donna Orange, Ph.D., Psy.D.

15. Becoming and Being a Psychoanalyst: Credo As Ongoing Journey

Jill Salberg, Ph.D.

16. Against the Grain, On Challenging Assumptions, Bridging Theories, Practicing Self-Critique, Exposing Underbellies, and Doing the Right Thing

Joyce Slochower, Ph.D.

Section 4:


17. Learning to Surf: Analyzing Adolescents

Mary Brady, Ph.D.

Chapter 18. Credo: So Our Lives Glide On*

Ken Corbett, Ph.D.

19. Peasants, Fields, and Expanding Horizons in Psychoanalysis

Elizabeth Corpt, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.

20. Analytic Eroticism

Dianne Elise, Ph.D.

21. Credo quia absurdum

Bruce Reis, Ph.D.

22. Working it Out: Development, Politics, Multidisciplinarity*

Stephen Seligman, Ph.D.

23. Credo: In Search of Transformation

Melanie Suchet, Ph.D.

Section 5:


24. On Truthlessness – or, All in the Game

Stephen Hartman, Ph.D.

25. My Psychoanalytic Search for Freedom

Ilana Laor, M.A.

26. The Risk of Analysis

Avgi Saketopoulou, Ph.D.

27. Credo: Relationality and the Collective —A Psychoanalytic Journey in Context

Chana Ullman, Ph.D.

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Jill Salberg, Ph.D., ABPP is Faculty at NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She edited Good Enough Endings: Breaks, Interruptions and Terminations from Contemporary Relational Perspectives, and co-edited with Sue Grand, The Wounds of History: Repair and Resilience in the Transgenerational Transmission of Trauma, which received the Gradiva Award (2018). She is in private practice in Manhattan.


"Psychoanalytic Credos is an extraordinary psychoanalytic book. Editor Jill Salberg has assembled a group of highly influential psychoanalysts who have played a major role in shaping what we think of as contemporary psychoanalytic thought. They are wonderfully candid in describing their personal journeys. Indeed, many of them are personal friends of mine, yet I found myself reading fascinating stories that I had never heard before. All describe their struggles to define what kind of analyst they would ultimately become. I was deeply moved as I heard their stories and found myself identifying with so much of what they said. This book is a must read for those who care about the future of psychoanalysis. I consider Psychoanalytic Credos one of the major contributions to our field."

—Glen O. Gabbard, MD, Author of Love and Hate in the Analytic Setting

"Psychoanalytic Credo is a beautiful and embracing book. Inviting analysts to reflect upon their evolving mission and vision, its query is located at the nexus of ethics, theory, culture, reason and faith. In welcoming commentary from diverse perspectives, international thinkers, eminent elders and from more youthful social critics, this text is both broad and deep. Salberg’s notion should be taken up by us all:  let’s keep writing, reading, and teaching these credos throughout our professional lives."

—Dr. Sue Grand, faculty and supervisor at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis; a fellow at the Institute for Psychology and the Other, and a visiting scholar at the Psychoanalytic Institute for Northern California. 


"Jill Salberg provides a rare opportunity to listen in as 27 psychoanalysts, spanning 5 decades, across 4 continents, share how they think about their development and work.   The credos assembled here vividly convey the fashioning of psychoanalytic identities and what each analyst holds dear.  A wonderful way to hear the prosody of psychoanalytic practices."

—Dodi Goldman is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the William Alanson White Institute and author of "A Beholder’s Share: essays on Winnicott and the psychoanalytic imagination."

"In Jill Salberg’s lovingly curated collection of credos, we have a veritable Canterbury Tales of psychoanalysis.  Each voice in turn holds us in its spell as we hear of the roads these pilgrims have traveled.  To accompany all twenty-seven wayfarers on their journeys spanning more than fifty years of psychoanalytic history is to witness the intergenerational transmission of ideas as well as the transmigration of souls in our field."

—Peter L. Rudnytsky, University of Florida and Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute