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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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Transforming Narcissism Reflections on Empathy, Humor, and Expectations

Transforming Narcissism: Reflections on Empathy, Humor, and Expectations

1st Edition

By Frank M. Lachmann
December 19, 2007

Using Kohut's seminal paper "Forms and Transformations of Narcissism" as a springboard, Frank Lachmann updates Kohut's proposals for contemporary clinicians.  Transforming Narcissism: Reflections on Empathy, Humor, and Expectations draws on a wide range of contributions from empirical ...

Trauma and Human Existence Autobiographical, Psychoanalytic, and Philosophical Reflections

Trauma and Human Existence: Autobiographical, Psychoanalytic, and Philosophical Reflections

1st Edition

By Robert D. Stolorow
June 27, 2007

Trauma and Human Existence effectively interweaves two themes central to emotional trauma - the first pertains to the contextuality of emotional life in general, and of the experience of emotional trauma in particular, and the second pertains to the recognition that the possibility of emotional ...

Toward a Psychology of Uncertainty Trauma-Centered Psychoanalysis

Toward a Psychology of Uncertainty: Trauma-Centered Psychoanalysis

1st Edition

By Doris Brothers
November 29, 2007

Since trauma is a thoroughly relational phenomenon, it is highly unpredictable, and cannot be made to fit within the scientific framework Freud so admired. In Toward a Psychology of Uncertainty: Trauma-Centered Psychoanalysis, Doris Brothers urges a return to a trauma-centered psychoanalysis. ...

Change in Psychoanalysis An Analyst's Reflections on the Therapeutic Relationship

Change in Psychoanalysis: An Analyst's Reflections on the Therapeutic Relationship

1st Edition

By Chris Jaenicke
January 14, 2011

In this clinically rich and deeply personal book, Chris Jaenicke demonstrates that the therapeutic process involves change in both the patient and the analyst, and that therapy will not have a lasting effect until the inevitability and depth of the analyst's involvement in the intersubjective ...

Mentalization Theoretical Considerations, Research Findings, and Clinical Implications

Mentalization: Theoretical Considerations, Research Findings, and Clinical Implications

1st Edition

Edited By Fredric N. Busch
February 25, 2008

Mentalization is the capacity to perceive and interpret behavior in terms of intentional mental states, to imagine what others are thinking and feeling, and is a concept that has taken the psychological and psychoanalytic worlds by storm. This collection of papers, carefully edited by ...

Sensuality and Sexuality Across the Divide of Shame

Sensuality and Sexuality Across the Divide of Shame

1st Edition

By Joseph D. Lichtenberg
August 31, 2007

Placed in a historical context, sexuality was once so prominent in psychoanalytic writing that sexual drive and psychoanalysis were synonymous. The exciting discovery of childhood sexuality filled the literature. Then other discoveries came to the fore until sexuality slipped far in the background....

Persons in Context The Challenge of Individuality in Theory and Practice

Persons in Context: The Challenge of Individuality in Theory and Practice

1st Edition

Edited By Roger Frie, William J. Coburn
August 24, 2010

In contemporary forms of psychoanalysis, particularly intersubjective systems theory, the turn towards contextualism has permitted the development of new ways of thinking and practicing that have dispensed with the notion of isolated individuality. For many who embrace this "post-subjectivist" way ...

Toward an Emancipatory Psychoanalysis Brandchaft's Intersubjective Vision

Toward an Emancipatory Psychoanalysis: Brandchaft's Intersubjective Vision

1st Edition

By Bernard Brandchaft, Shelley Doctors, Dorienne Sorter
May 12, 2010

Best known for his contributions to the development of contemporary intersubjectivity theory, Bernard Brandchaft has dedicated a career to the advancement of psychoanalytic theory and practice. Continually searching for a theoretical viewpoint that would satisfactorily explain the clinical ...

Psychoanalysis and Motivational Systems A New Look

Psychoanalysis and Motivational Systems: A New Look

1st Edition

By Joseph D. Lichtenberg, Frank M. Lachmann, James L. Fosshage
August 24, 2010

Introduced in Psychoanalysis and Motivation (1989) and further developed in Self and Motivational Systems (1992), The Clinical Exchange (1996), and A Spirit of Inquiry (2002), motivational systems theory aims to identify the components and organization of mental states and the process by which...

Female Homosexuality Choice Without Volition

Female Homosexuality: Choice Without Volition

1st Edition

By Elaine V. Siegel
March 01, 1988

Describing in detail her analytic treatment of eight female homosexuals with common symptoms of incomplete body image and unconscious denial of differences between the sexes, Siegel details the recurring treatment phases that typified their analyses and offers formulations based on both ...

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