Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Women and Their Experience of Desire, Ambition and Leadership considers how these factors can be understood, nurtured, or thwarted and the subsequent impact on women’s identity, authority and satisfaction.
Psychoanalysis has long struggled with its ideas about women, about who they are, how to work with them, and how to respect and encourage what women want. This book argues that psychoanalytic theory and practice must evolve to maintain its relevance in a volatile landscape. Each section of the book begins with a chapter that reviews contemporary ideas regarding women, as well as psychoanalytic history, gender bias, and societal norms and deficits. Three composite clinical stories allow our distinguished contributors to discuss the contexts within which individual experience can be affected, and the role that clinical work may have to mobilize and advance passion and vitality. In their discussions, the interplay of clinical psychoanalysis, sociopolitical context, and understanding of gender, combine to offer a unique perspective, built on decades of scholarship, personal experience, and clinical expertise.
Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Women and Their Experience of Desire, Ambition and Leadership will serve as a reference for all psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists as well as gender studies scholars interested in the progress of psychoanalytic theory regarding women in the 21st century.
Contributors to this book include: Rosemary Balsam, Brenda Bauer, Andrea Celenza, Diane Elise, Adrienne Harris, Dorothy Holmes, Nancy Kulish, Vivian Pendar, Dionne Powell, and Arlene Richards.
Introduction Stephanie R. Brody, Psy.D. Section I: Desire Chapter 1: Women and Desire Stephanie R. Brody, Psy.D. Chapter 2: Marie - Stephanie R. Brody, Psy.D. Chapter 3: The Clinical Case of Desire Dr. Jane Doe with commentary by Rosemary H. Balsam, M.D. Chapter 4: The Present Absence of Desire in a Dead Body Andrea Celenza, Ph.D. Chapter 5: Frazzled Desire: Out of Time Dianne Elise, Ph.D. Section II: Ambition Chapter 6: Women and Ambition: Psychoanalytic Perspectives Frances Arnold, Ph.D. Chapter 7: Elizabeth - Frances Arnold, Ph.D. Chapter 8: Commentary on Elizabeth: A Case of the Othering of a Woman’s Ambition Dorothy Evans Holmes, Ph.D. Chapter 9: The Case of Elizabeth: A Discussion Of Female Ambition Nancy Kulish, Ph.D. Chapter 10: Elizabeth: Appropriated Ambition…A Narrative Dionne R. Powell, M.D. Section III: Leadership Chapter 11: Leadership and Women: Opportunity Mobilized Stephanie R. Brody, Psy.D. Chapter 12: The Construction of Female Power and Leadership Frances Arnold, Ph.D. Chapter 13: Claire - Frances Arnold, Ph.D. and Stephanie R. Brody, Psy.D. Chapter 14: Feminine Agency and Identity Amid Mother-Daughter Alienation Brenda Bauer, Psy.D. Chapter 15: Women and Ambition: Our Ambivalent under-indulged Pleasure Adrienne Harris, Ph.D. Chapter 16: Discussion of Claire: Identity, conflict and subjective reality in women leaders Vivian B. Pender M.D. Chapter 17: Difference, Connection, Identification Arlene Kramer Richards, M.D.