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Reconsidering the Moveable Frame in Psychoanalysis

Its Function and Structure in Contemporary Psychoanalytic Theory, 1st Edition

Edited by Isaac Tylim, Adrienne Harris


276 pages

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Reconsidering the Moveable Frame in Psychoanalysis explores the idea of ‘the frame’ at a time when this concept is undergoing both systematic revival and widespread transformation. It has always been tempting to see the frame as a relatively static, finite and definable feature of psychoanalytic work. At its most basic, the frame establishes agreed upon conditions of undertaking psychoanalytic work. But as this book shows, the frame has taken on a protean quality. It is sometimes a source of stability and sometimes a site of ethical regulation or discipline. It can be a place of imaginative mobility, and in certain analytic hands, a device for psychic work on projections and disavowals.

Beginning with a seminal essay on the frame by José Bleger, this book includes commentary on that work and proceeds to explorations of the frame across different psychoanalytic theories. The frame is perhaps one of the spots in psychoanalysis where psyche and world come into contact, a place where the psychoanalytic project is both protected and challenged. Inevitably, extra-transferential forces intrude onto the psychoanalytic frame, rendering it flexible and fluid. Psychoanalysts and analysands, supervisors and candidates are relying increasingly on virtual communication, a development that has effected significant revisions of the classical psychoanalytic frame. This book presents a dialogue among distinct and different voices. It re-examines the state and status of the frame, searching for its limits and sifting through its unexpected contents whilst expanding upon the meaning, purview and state of the frame.

Reconsidering the Moveable Frame in Psychoanalysis will appeal to all psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists interested in how best to understand the frame and to use it most effectively in their clinical practice.


"This absorbing new volume is a compelling journey through the brave new world of psychoanalysis as it is practiced in the 21st century. Co-editors Isaac Tylim and Adrienne Harris have chosen to begin their excursion with the classic work of Bleger on the analytic frame. From there the contributors span the globe, both in the geographical and the theoretical sense, bringing to bear diverse views of where we stand today in considering the structure of the psychoanalytic dialogue. What makes it work? What impinges on our work? The influence of cyberspace is extensively considered, reminding us that the world around us has changed, and the analytic process can no longer remain insulated from these changes. I heartily recommend this superb new collection of essays as a brilliant and provocative contribution to our understanding of the fundamental components of the analytic situation."-Glen O. Gabbard, MD, former Joint Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Psychoanalysis.

Table of Contents

Introduction Isaac Tylim and Adrienne Harris Introduction to Chapter 1: José Bleger and the psychoanalytic setting John Churcher and Leopoldo Bleger 1: Psychoanalysis of the Psychoanalytic Setting José Bleger 2: José Bleger and the relevance today of his dialectical frame Haydee Faimberg Part I: Comparative Models of the Function of the Frame 3: Frame Matters Lynne Zeavin 4 The Setting and the Frame: Subjectivity and Objectivity in the Psychoanalytic Relationship Jon Tabakin 5 Reconfiguring the Frame as a Dynamic Strucutre Peter Goldberg 6 When the Frame doesn’t fit the Picture Anthony Bass Part II: Frame, Culture, Politics, Terror 7 When We Frame Stephen Hartmann 8 The frame as a border in a variety of settings Yolanda Gampel 9 Revisiting the Concept of Frame Janine Puget Part III: Variations in the Frame 10 Contemporary Developments and Challenges of Analytic Training and Practice Claudio Laks Eizerik 11 A Tale of Two Cities Harvey L. Rich 12 Psychoanalysis and Cyberspace. Shifting Frames and Floating Bodies Luca Caldironi 13 Spiral Process as Place: The Ineffable Architecture of Analytic Space Kim Rosenfield 14 Psychoanalytic Turmoil in Cyberspace Monica Horovitz 15 Shifting The Container: Psychoanalysis and Cyberspace Culture Velleda C. Ceccoli

About the Editors

Isaac Tylim, Psy.D., ABPP, FIPA, is a Training and Supervising analyst at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR). He is a clinical professor, training analyst and consultant for the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.

Adrienne Harris, Ph.D., is a Faculty member and Supervisor for the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California. She is an Associate Editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and of Studies in Gender and Sexuality and she is on the Editorial Boards of Psychoanalytic Inquiry and American Imago. She publishes in the areas of gender and development.

About the Series

Relational Perspectives Book Series

The Relational Perspectives Book Series (RPBS) publishes books that grow out of or contribute to the relational tradition in contemporary psychoanalysis. The term relational psychoanalysis was first used by Greenberg and Mitchell (1983) to bridge the traditions of interpersonal relations, as developed within interpersonal psychoanalysis and object relations, as developed within contemporary British theory. But, under the seminal work of the late Stephen Mitchell, the term relational psychoanalysis grew and began to accrue to itself many other influences and developments. Various tributaries—interpersonal psychoanalysis, object relations theory, self psychology, empirical infancy research, and elements of contemporary Freudian and Kleinian thought—flow into this tradition, which understands relational configurations between self and others, both real and fantasied, as the primary subject of psychoanalytic investigation.  

We refer to the relational tradition, rather than to a relational school, to highlight that we are identifying a trend, a tendency within contemporary psychoanalysis, not a more formally organized or coherent school or system of beliefs. Our use of the term relational signifies a dimension of theory and practice that has become salient across the wide spectrum of contemporary psychoanalysis. Now under the editorial supervision of Lewis Aron and Adrienne Harris with the assistance of Associate Editors Steven Kuchuck and Eyal Rozmarin, the Relational Perspectives Book Series originated in 1990 under the editorial eye of the late Stephen A. Mitchell. Mitchell was the most prolific and influential of the originators of the relational tradition. He was committed to dialogue among psychoanalysts and he abhorred the authoritarianism that dictated adherence to a rigid set of beliefs or technical restrictions. He championed open discussion, comparative and integrative approaches, and he promoted new voices across the generations.  

Included in the Relational Perspectives Book Series are authors and works that come from within the relational tradition, extend and develop the tradition, as well as works that critique relational approaches or compare and contrast it with alternative points of view. The series includes our most distinguished senior psychoanalysts along with younger contributors who bring fresh vision.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health