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Psychoanalytic Inquiry Book Series


About the Series

Like its counterpart, Psychoanalytic Inquiry: A Topical Journal for Mental Health Professionals, the Psychoanalytic Inquiry Book Series presents a diversity of subjects within a diversity of approaches to those subjects. Under the editorship of Joseph Lichtenberg, in collaboration with Melvin Bornstein and the editorial board of Psychoanalytic Inquiry, the volumes in this series strike a balance between research, theory, and clinical application. We are honored to have published the works of various innovators in psychoanalysis, such as Lachmann, Fosshage, Stolorow, Orange, Sander, Wurmser, Grotstein, Jones, Brothers, Busch, and Lichtenberg, among others. 

The series includes books and monographs on mainline psychoanalytic topics, such as sexuality, narcissism, trauma, homosexuality, jealousy, envy, and varied aspects of analytic process and technique.  In our efforts to broaden the field of analytic interest, the series has incorporated and embraced innovative discoveries in infant research, self psychology, intersubjectivity, motivational systems, affects as process, responses to cancer, borderline states, contextualism, postmodernism, attachment research and theory, medication, and mentalization. As further investigations in psychoanalysis come to fruition, we seek to present them in readable, easily comprehensible writing.

After 25 years, the core vision of this series remains the investigation, analysis and discussion of developments on the cutting edge of the psychoanalytic field, inspired by a boundless spirit of inquiry.

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Psychoanalysis and Society’s Neglect of the Sexual Abuse of Children, Youth and Adults Re-addressing Freud’s Original Theory of Sexual Abuse and Trauma

Psychoanalysis and Society’s Neglect of the Sexual Abuse of Children, Youth and Adults: Re-addressing Freud’s Original Theory of Sexual Abuse and Trauma

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Arnold Wm. Rachman
November 01, 2021

This book takes a comprehensive look at the understanding and treatment of child sexual abuse in psychoanalytic theory and practice, and in society as a whole. This book will demonstrate how prophetic Ferenczi’s ideas about sexual abuse and trauma were, and how relevant they are for contemporary ...

The Self-Restorative Power of Music A Psychological Perspective

The Self-Restorative Power of Music: A Psychological Perspective

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Frank M. Lachmann
October 19, 2021

This book explores how we can understand the place of music from a self psychological perspective, by investigating three journeys; the one we take when listening to music, the literal journey of the author from Nazi Germany to the US, and the subjective round-trip between the past and the present....

Peace Building Through Women’s Health Psychoanalytic, Sociopsychological, and Community Perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Peace Building Through Women’s Health: Psychoanalytic, Sociopsychological, and Community Perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

1st Edition

Edited By Norbert Goldfield
April 29, 2021

This book is an examination of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through psychoanalytic, sociopsychological, and nationalistic lenses, highlighting the successes and the hurdles faced by one organization, Healing Across the Divides (HATD), in its mission to measurably improve health in marginalized ...

An Experience-based Vision of Psychoanalytic Theory and Practice

An Experience-based Vision of Psychoanalytic Theory and Practice

1st Edition

By Joseph D. Lichtenberg, Frank M. Lachmann, James L Fosshage
February 22, 2021

An Experience-based Vision of Psychoanalytic Theory and Practice looks at each individual as a motivated doer doing, seeking, feeling, and intending, and relates development, sense of self, and identity to changes that are brought about in analytic psychotherapy. Based on conceptualizing ...

Different Paths Towards Becoming a Psychoanalyst and Psychotherapist Personal Passions, Subjective Experiences and Unusual Journeys

Different Paths Towards Becoming a Psychoanalyst and Psychotherapist: Personal Passions, Subjective Experiences and Unusual Journeys

1st Edition

Edited By Arnold WM Rachman, Harold Kooden
November 17, 2020

This book describes the personal journey of a collection of contributors, detailing their pathways to becoming psychoanalysts and psychotherapists, with insights from many of the most interesting analysts in the field. The history of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy indicates that the pioneers were...

The Psychoanalytic Zero A Decolonizing Study of Therapeutic Dialogues

The Psychoanalytic Zero: A Decolonizing Study of Therapeutic Dialogues

1st Edition

By Koichi Togashi
February 20, 2020

Winner of the 2020 Gradiva Award The Psychoanalytic Zero: A Decolonizing Study of Therapeutic Dialogues is written from the unique perspective of a Western-trained Asian psychoanalyst and applies principles of Eastern philosophy to understand the psychoanalytic relationship, psychoanalytic ...

From Autism and Mutism to an Enlivened Self A Case Narrative with Reflections on Early Development

From Autism and Mutism to an Enlivened Self: A Case Narrative with Reflections on Early Development

1st Edition

By Joseph D. Lichtenberg, Diana Thielst
November 13, 2018

From Autism and Mutism to an Enlivened Self explores the importance of intimacy, interaction with the environment and the mind-body connection in early childhood development, with specific reference to autism. Built around a detailed case study of a severely autistic child, the book offers an ...

Cinematic Reflections on The Legacy of the Holocaust Psychoanalytic Perspectives

Cinematic Reflections on The Legacy of the Holocaust: Psychoanalytic Perspectives

1st Edition

Edited By Diana Diamond, Bruce Sklarew
August 07, 2018

An international group of psychoanalysts and film scholars address the enduring emotional legacy of the Holocaust in Cinematic Reflections on the Legacy of the Holocaust: Psychoanalytic Perspectives. Particular focus is given to how second and third generation survivors have explored and confronted...

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Elizabeth Severn: The "Evil Genius" of Psychoanalysis

1st Edition

By Arnold WM Rachman
January 03, 2018

Elizabeth Severn: The ‘Evil Genius’ of Psychoanalysis chronicles the life and work of Elizabeth Severn, both as one of the most controversial analysands in the history of psychoanalysis, and as a psychoanalyst in her own right. Condemned by Freud as "an evil genius", Freud disapproved of Severn’s ...

History Flows through Us Germany, the Holocaust, and the Importance of Empathy

History Flows through Us: Germany, the Holocaust, and the Importance of Empathy

1st Edition

Edited By Roger Frie
October 02, 2017

History Flows through Us introduces a new dialogue between leading historians and psychoanalysts and provides essential insights into the nature of historical trauma. The contributors – German historians, historians of the Holocaust and psychoanalysts of different disciplinary backgrounds – address...

Narrative and Meaning The Foundation of Mind, Creativity, and the Psychoanalytic Dialogue

Narrative and Meaning: The Foundation of Mind, Creativity, and the Psychoanalytic Dialogue

1st Edition

Edited By Joseph D. Lichtenberg, Frank M. Lachmann, James L. Fosshage
June 13, 2017

Narrative and Meaning examines the role of both in contemporary psychoanalytic practice, bringing together a distinguished group of contributors from across the intersubjective, relational, and interpersonal schools of psychoanalytic thought. The contributions propose that narratives or stories ...

Self and Motivational Systems Towards A Theory of Psychoanalytic Technique

Self and Motivational Systems: Towards A Theory of Psychoanalytic Technique

1st Edition

By Joseph D. Lichtenberg, Frank M. Lachmann, James L. Fosshage
August 12, 2001

In this sequel to Lichtenberg's Psychoanalysis and Motivation (TAP, 1989), the authors show how their revised theory of motivation provides the foundation for a new approach to psychoanalytic technique.  The approach in Self and Motivational Systemsemphasizes a finely honed sensitivity to ...

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