2nd Edition

Psychosomatics Today A Psychoanalytic Perspective

    212 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    212 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This revised edition of Psychosomatics Today presents a thorough introduction to the different international schools of psychosomatics, written by leading professionals, and includes three new chapters on current practice.

    As well as exploring key psychosomatic topics, focusing primarily on the Paris School, the Latin American School, the American school of psychosomatic medicine, and the Kleinian approach to the soma, this revised edition adds a chapter about the German School of Psychosomatics, expands upon allergic object relations, and tackles the contemporary topic of overflow in theory and clinical practice. Spanning a variety of theoretical approaches, the book is illustrated by many clinical case studies which provide an engaging, holistic picture of the field, including adolescent and child therapies.

    Psychosomatics Today will be of great interest to psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists in practice and in training, students of psychiatry and psychology, and paediatricians and medical practitioners seeking a fuller understanding of psychosomatics.


    Cláudio Laks Eizirik

    1. Overflows in Theory and Clinical Practice

    Elsa Rappoport de Aisemberg

    2. Thoughts on the Paris School of Psychosomatics

    Andre Green

    3. The Mysterious Leap of the Somatic into the Psyche

    Marilia Aisenstein

    4. Psychosomatics: The Role of the Unconscious Phantasy

    Catalina Bronstein

    5. A Rash of a Different Colour: Somatopsychic Eruptions from the Other Side

    Lila J. Kalinich

    6. Adolescence: The Body as a Scenario for Non-Symbolized Dramas

    Ruggero Levy

    7. Psychosomatics Conditions in Contemporary Psychoanalysis

    Elsa Rappoport de Aisemberg

    8. Particular Vissicitudes of the Drive Confronted with Mourning: Sublimation and Somatization

    Evelyne Sechaud

    9. The Place of Affect in the Psychosomatic Economy

    Claude Smadja

    10. The Capacity to Say No and Psychosomatic Disorders in Childhood

    Gerard Szwec

    11. Symbolism, Symbolization, and Trauma in Psychosomatic Theory

    Graeme J. Taylor

    12. From Physical Pain to an "Interactive Image": Notes on the Second Treatment Period of a Psychosomatic and Depressive Patient

    Peter Wegner

    13. The Allergic Object Relation

    Marilia Aisenstein


    Madeleine Baranger


    Marilia Aisenstein is Member and Training Analyst of the Paris Psychoanalytical Society and of the Hellenik Psychoanalytical Society. A past President of the Paris Psychoanalytical Society, past President of IPSO, Paris Psychosomatic Institute, former European Representative to the Board, and former Chair of IPA International New Groups, she is the author of many papers and publications about psychosomatics and received the Bouvet Award in 1992.

    Elsa Rappoport de Aisemberg is Member and Training Analyst of the Argentine Psychoanalytic Association. She is former Vice-president of the Argentine Psychoanalytic Association, Member of the IPA Allied Centre Committee, past Chair of Scientific Colloquiums and Adviser for the Scientific Department of the Argentine Psychoanalytic Association, and Chair of the Research Group on Psychosomatics at the Argentine Psychoanalytic Association. She is the author of many papers and publications on psychosomatics.