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The basic mission of Psychological Issues is to contribute to the further development of psychoanalysis as a science, as a respected scholarly enterprise, as a theory of human behavior, and as a therapeutic method.

Over the past 50 years, the series has focused on fundamental aspects and foundations of psychoanalytic theory and clinical practice, as well as on work in related disciplines relevant to psychoanalysis. Psychological Issues does not aim to represent or promote a particular point of view. The contributions cover broad and integrative topics of vital interest to all psychoanalysts as well as to colleagues in related disciplines. They cut across particular schools of thought and tackle key issues, such as the philosophical underpinnings of psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic theories of motivation, conceptions of therapeutic action, the nature of unconscious mental functioning, psychoanalysis and social issues, and reports of original empirical research relevant to psychoanalysis. The authors often take a critical stance toward theories and offer a careful theoretical analysis and conceptual clarification of the complexities of theories and their clinical implications, drawing upon relevant empirical findings from psychoanalytic research as well as from research in related fields.

The Editorial Board continues to invite contributions from social/behavioral sciences such as anthropology and sociology, from biologcal sciences such as physiology and the various brain sciences, and from scholarly humanistic disciplines such as philosophy, law, and ethics.

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Toward a Unified Psychoanalytic Theory Foundation in a Revised and Expanded Ego Psychology

Toward a Unified Psychoanalytic Theory: Foundation in a Revised and Expanded Ego Psychology

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Morris N Eagle
July 02, 2021

This book aims to integrate different psychoanalytic schools and relevant research findings into an integrated psychoanalytic theory of the mind. A main claim explored here, is that a revised and expanded ego psychology constitutes the strongest foundation not only for a unified psychoanalytic ...

An Evidence-Based Critique of Contemporary Psychoanalysis Research, Theory, and Clinical Practice

An Evidence-Based Critique of Contemporary Psychoanalysis: Research, Theory, and Clinical Practice

1st Edition

By Joel Paris
January 28, 2019

An Evidence-Based Critique of Contemporary Psychoanalysis assesses the state of psychoanalysis in the 21st century. Joel Paris examines areas where analysis needs to develop a stronger scientific and clinical base, and to integrate its ideas with modern clinical psychology and psychiatry. While ...

Sex, Drugs and Creativity Searching for Magic in a Disenchanted World

Sex, Drugs and Creativity: Searching for Magic in a Disenchanted World

1st Edition

By Dustin Kahoud, Danielle Knafo
July 03, 2018

In Sex, Drugs, and Creativity: The Search for Magic in a Disenchanted World, Kahoud and Knafo take a close look at omnipotent fantasies in three domains: sex, drugs, and creativity. They demonstrate how these fantasies emerge and how artists draw on them both to create and destroy—sometimes ...

Psychoanalytic Thinking A Dialectical Critique of Contemporary Theory and Practice

Psychoanalytic Thinking: A Dialectical Critique of Contemporary Theory and Practice

1st Edition

By Donald L. Carveth
April 09, 2018

A video of Don Carveth discussing the book and its subject matter can be accessed using the following web URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yW7tGq0uEtU Since the classical Freudian and ego psychology paradigms lost their position of dominance in the late 1950s, psychoanalysis...

Core Concepts in Contemporary Psychoanalysis Clinical, Research Evidence and Conceptual Critiques

Core Concepts in Contemporary Psychoanalysis: Clinical, Research Evidence and Conceptual Critiques

1st Edition

By Morris N. Eagle
December 05, 2017

In Core Concepts in Contemporary Psychoanalysis, alongside its companion piece Core Concepts in Classical Psychoanalysis, Morris N. Eagle asks: of the core concepts and formulations of psychoanalytic theory, which ones should be retained, which should be modified and in what ways, and which should ...

Core Concepts in Classical Psychoanalysis Clinical, Research Evidence and Conceptual Critiques

Core Concepts in Classical Psychoanalysis: Clinical, Research Evidence and Conceptual Critiques

1st Edition

By Morris N. Eagle
November 13, 2017

In Core Concepts in Classical Psychoanalysis, alongside its companion piece Core Concepts in Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Morris N. Eagle asks: of the core concepts and formulations of psychoanalytic theory, which ones should be retained, which should be modified and in what ways, and which should ...

Death and Fallibility in the Psychoanalytic Encounter Mortal Gifts

Death and Fallibility in the Psychoanalytic Encounter: Mortal Gifts

1st Edition

By Ellen Pinsky
May 26, 2017

Death and Fallibility in the Psychoanalytic Encounter considers psychoanalysis from a fresh perspective: the therapist’s mortality—in at least two senses of the word. That the therapist can die, and is also fallible, can be seen as necessary or even defining components of the therapeutic process.&...

Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Conflict

Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Conflict

1st Edition

Edited By Christopher Christian, Morris N. Eagle, David L Wolitzky
February 06, 2017

Since its inception, and throughout its history, psychoanalysis has been defined as a psychology of conflict. Freud’s tripartite structure of id, ego and superego, and then modern conflict theory, placed conflict at the center of mental life and its understanding at the heart of therapeutic action....

Manual of Regulation-Focused Psychotherapy for Children (RFP-C) with Externalizing Behaviors A Psychodynamic Approach

Manual of Regulation-Focused Psychotherapy for Children (RFP-C) with Externalizing Behaviors: A Psychodynamic Approach

1st Edition

By Leon Hoffman, Timothy Rice, Tracy Prout
October 09, 2015

Manual of Regulation-Focused Psychotherapy for Children (RFP-C) with Externalizing Behaviors: A Psychodynamic Approach offers a new, short term psychotherapeutic approach to working dynamically with children who suffer from irritability, oppositional defiance and disruptiveness. RFP-C enables ...

Myths of Termination What patients can teach psychoanalysts about endings

Myths of Termination: What patients can teach psychoanalysts about endings

1st Edition

By Judy Leopold Kantrowitz
July 29, 2014

Psychoanalysis can make a huge difference in the lives of patients, their families and others they encounter. Myths have developed, however, about how psychoanalysis should end – what patients experience and what analysts do. These expectations come primarily from accounts by analysts in the ...

Identity and the New Psychoanalytic Explorations of Self-organization

Identity and the New Psychoanalytic Explorations of Self-organization

1st Edition

By Mardi Horowitz
May 27, 2014

Advances in science and the humanities have demonstrated the complexity of psychological, social and neurological factors influencing identity. A contemporary discourse is needed to anchor the concepts required in speaking about identity in present day understanding. In Identity and the New ...

From Classical to Contemporary Psychoanalysis A Critique and Integration

From Classical to Contemporary Psychoanalysis: A Critique and Integration

1st Edition

By Morris N. Eagle
January 06, 2011

The landscape of psychoanalysis has changed, at times dramatically, in the hundred or so years since Freud first began to think and write about it. Freudian theory and concepts have risen, fallen, evolved, mutated, and otherwise reworked themselves in the hands and minds of analysts the world over,...

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