Real People, Real Problems, Real Solutions offers a clear introduction to psychoanalytic practice from a Kleinian perspective and shows how the modern Kleinian works with the most taxing and least conforming of their patients.
Illustrated by extensive case material this book:
*reviews Freud's original theoretical concepts and examines Klein's contributions to the field of psychoanalysis, clarifying and comparing the two approaches in the clinical setting.
*identifies and explores who makes up the psychoanalyst's most challenging case load and demonstrates how the Kleinian psychoanalytic approach is helpful to these individuals.
*discusses the current state of traditional methods of training at psychoanalytic institutes, which are shown to be in need of renewal and critical restructuring.
Real People, Real Problems, Real Solutions shows how the average psychoanalyst and psychotherapist face many difficult patients in a typical days work. Together with its questioning of what really constitutes psychoanalytic therapy, this is a refreshing read for all practising and training psychoanalysts and psychotherapists.
Table of Contents
Preface. Introduction. Part 1: The Approach. An Overview of the Psychoanalytic Method: The Freudian Model. Melanie Klein and the Kleinian Approach. The Modern Kleinians. Part 2: The Patients: Helping People within an Analytic Perspective. The Difficult Patient and the Psychoanalytic Approach. Keeping the Analytic Focus. Difficult But Worth the Effort. A Mixed Bag: the Realities of Private Practice. Gone But Not Forgotten: a New Look at Difficult Cases. Part 3: Kleinians in the Real World. Working from the Kleinian Perspective. The Ideal Patient and the Realities of Clinical Work. Chapter Eleven: Brief and Atypical Encounters. Part 4: Clinical Perspectives on Theoretical and Training Paradigms. A Day in the Life of a Psychoanalyst. How We Work and Why It Matters. Summary. Bibliography.