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Relational Perspectives Book Series


About the Series

Founding Editor:

Stephen Mitchell

Editor Emeritus:

Lewis Aron

Series Editors:
Adrienne Harris
Steven Kuchuck
Eyal Rozmarin

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 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 A. 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, feminism, queer theory, sociocultural studies 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 Adrienne Harris, 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. Committed to dialogue among psychoanalysts, 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 promoted new voices across the generations. Mitchell was later joined by the late Lewis Aron, also a visionary and influential writer, teacher and leading thinker in relational psychoanalysis.

 Included in the Relational Perspectives Book Series are authors and works that come from within the relational tradition, those that extend and develop that tradition, and works that critique relational approaches or compare and contrast them with alternative points of view. The series includes our most distinguished senior psychoanalysts, along with younger contributors who bring fresh vision. Our aim is to enable a deepening of relational thinking while reaching across disciplinary and social boundaries in order to foster an inclusive and international literature.   

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Emotional Communication and Therapeutic Change Understanding Psychotherapy Through Multiple Code Theory

Emotional Communication and Therapeutic Change: Understanding Psychotherapy Through Multiple Code Theory

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Wilma Bucci, William F. Cornell
December 30, 2020

In this book, Wilma Bucci applies her skills as a cognitive psychologist and researcher to the fields of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, opening up new avenues for understanding the underlying processes that facilitate therapeutic communication and change. Grounded in research geared to ...

When Minds Meet: The Work of Lewis Aron

When Minds Meet: The Work of Lewis Aron

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Galit Atlas
November 30, 2020

This extraordinary volume offers a sampling of Lewis Aron’s most important contributions to relational psychoanalysis. One of the founders of relational thinking, Aron was an internationally recognized psychoanalyst, sought after teacher, lecturer, and the Director of the New York University ...

Silence and Silencing in Psychoanalysis Cultural, Clinical, and Research Perspectives

Silence and Silencing in Psychoanalysis: Cultural, Clinical, and Research Perspectives

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Aleksandar Dimitrijević, Michael B. Buchholz
November 17, 2020

This book is the first comprehensive treatment in recent decades of silence and silencing in psychoanalysis from clinical and research perspectives, as well as in philosophy, theology, linguistics, and musicology. The book approaches silence and silencing on three levels. First, it provides ...

Social Aspects Of Sexual Boundary Trouble In Psychoanalysis Responses to the Work of Muriel Dimen

Social Aspects Of Sexual Boundary Trouble In Psychoanalysis: Responses to the Work of Muriel Dimen

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Charles Levin
October 30, 2020

Inspired by the clinical and ethical contributions of Muriel Dimen, Social Aspects of Sexual Boundary Trouble goes beyond the established consensus that sexual boundary violations (SBV) constitute a serious breach of professional ethics, in order to explore the cultural and historical implications ...

Sexual Boundary Trouble in Psychoanalysis Clinical Perspectives on Muriel Dimen’s Concept of the “Primal Crime”

Sexual Boundary Trouble in Psychoanalysis: Clinical Perspectives on Muriel Dimen’s Concept of the “Primal Crime”

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Charles Levin
October 06, 2020

Inspired by the clinical and ethical contributions of Muriel Dimen (1942-2016), a prominent feminist anthropologist and relational psychoanalyst, Sexual Boundary Trouble in Psychoanalysis challenges the established psychoanalytic and mental health consensus about the sources and appropriate ...

On the Dialectics of Psychoanalytic Practice

On the Dialectics of Psychoanalytic Practice

1st Edition

Fritz Morgenthaler, Dagmar Herzog
March 26, 2020

Fritz Morgenthaler was a crucial figure in the return of psychoanalysis to post-Nazi Central Europe. An inspiring clinician and teacher to the New Left generation of 1968, he was the first European psychoanalyst since Freud to declare that homosexuality is not, indeed never, a pathology, and in ...

Toward a Social Psychoanalysis Culture, Character, and Normative Unconscious Processes

Toward a Social Psychoanalysis: Culture, Character, and Normative Unconscious Processes

1st Edition

Lynne Layton, Marianna Leavy-Sperounis
March 11, 2020

Frantz Fanon, Erich Fromm, Pierre Bourdieu, and Marie Langer are among those activists, clinicians, and academics who have called for a social psychoanalysis. For over thirty years, Lynne Layton has heeded this call and produced a body of work that examines unconscious process as it operates ...

Dialogues with Michael Eigen Psyche Singing

Dialogues with Michael Eigen: Psyche Singing

1st Edition

Michael Eigen, Loray Daws
August 01, 2019

Dialogues with Michael Eigen spans 20 years of diverse interviews and interactions with the acclaimed psychologist Michael Eigen, including interlocutors from Italy, Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Sweden, Israel, and the United States, published together for the first time. This book ...

Relational Psychoanalysis and Temporality Time Out of Mind

Relational Psychoanalysis and Temporality: Time Out of Mind

1st Edition

Neil J. Skolnick
July 17, 2019

Includes a foreword by Nancy McWilliams In Relational Psychoanalysis and Temporality, Neil J. Skolnick takes us on a journey that traces his personal evolution from a graduate student through to his career as a relational psychoanalyst. Skolnick uniquely shares his publications and ...

Creativity and the Erotic Dimensions of the Analytic Field

Creativity and the Erotic Dimensions of the Analytic Field

1st Edition

Dianne Elise
June 21, 2019

Creativity and the Erotic Dimensions of the Analytic Field centers on the mutually reinforcing relationship between erotic and creative energies. Erotic embodiment is given context within a contemporary model of clinical process based in analytic field theory and highlighting Winnicott. Dianne ...

Psychoanalysis, Law, and Society

Psychoanalysis, Law, and Society

1st Edition

Plinio Montagna, Adrienne Harris
May 21, 2019

Psychoanalysis, Law, and Society explores the connections between psychoanalysis and law, arguing that these are required not only for conceptual or theoretical needs in both fields, but also for the vast range of practical implications and possibilities their association enables. The book is ...

The Affect Theory of Silvan Tomkins for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy Recasting the Essentials

The Affect Theory of Silvan Tomkins for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy: Recasting the Essentials

1st Edition

E. Virginia Demos
March 01, 2019

The Affect Theory of Silvan Tomkins for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy explores central issues in current clinical work, using the theories put forward by Silvan Tomkins and presenting them in detail, as well as integrating them with the most up-to-date neuroscience findings and infancy research,...

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