Psychosomatics Today : A Psychoanalytic Perspective book cover
2nd Edition

Psychosomatics Today
A Psychoanalytic Perspective

ISBN 9781032106618
Published June 1, 2022 by Routledge
212 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


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

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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.