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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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Relational Conversations on Meeting and Becoming The Birth of a True Other

Relational Conversations on Meeting and Becoming: The Birth of a True Other

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Michal Barnea-Astrog, Mitchel Becker
December 16, 2022

Demonstrating a relational, dialogic way of thinking and writing, this book offers an innovative perspective on the human potential for intersubjective engagement and on the nature of true encounter. The authors engage in creative, associative dialogues and trialogues inspired by psychoanalysis ...

More About Couples on the Couch Approaching Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy from an Expanded Perspective

More About Couples on the Couch: Approaching Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy from an Expanded Perspective

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Shelley Nathans
October 25, 2022

Following the critically acclaimed Couples on the Couch, this volume offers further compelling ideas about couple psychotherapy from a psychoanalytic perspective. The book well represents the foundational basis of the Tavistock model and draws deeply from the work of Freud, Klein, Bion, Meltzer ...

Relationality From Attachment to Intersubjectivity

Relationality: From Attachment to Intersubjectivity

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Stephen A. Mitchell
September 29, 2022

This book, first published in the year of the author’s death, expresses Mitchell’s vision for the theory of Relational Psychoanalysis, and provides his most-developed expression of its foundations. Now republished in this Classic Edition, Mitchell’s ideas are brought back to the psychoanalytic ...

Addiction, Accommodation, and Vulnerability in Psychoanalysis Circles without a Center

Addiction, Accommodation, and Vulnerability in Psychoanalysis: Circles without a Center

1st Edition

By Darren Haber
July 01, 2022

This book explores the compulsions and trauma that underlie addiction, using an intersubjective approach in seeking to understand the inspirations and challenges arising from the psychoanalytic treatment of addiction, compulsivity, and related dissociative conditions. Drawing on insights from his ...

Psychoanalytic Credos Personal and Professional Journeys of Psychoanalysts

Psychoanalytic Credos: Personal and Professional Journeys of Psychoanalysts

1st Edition

Edited By Jill Salberg
January 31, 2022

Developing psychoanalytic credos, a set of beliefs that inform how you listen and approach the analytic enterprise with patients, is in many ways the scaffolding of psychoanalytic training. Drawing upon Mannie Ghent’s original Credo essay, 27 psychoanalysts were asked to write their ...

Building Bridges The Negotiation of Paradox in Psychoanalysis

Building Bridges: The Negotiation of Paradox in Psychoanalysis

1st Edition

By Stuart A. Pizer
December 30, 2021

In Building Bridges, Stuart A. Pizer gives much-needed recognition to the central role of negotiation in the analytic relationship and in the therapeutic process. Building on a Winnicottian perspective that comprehends paradox as the condition for preserving an intrapsychic and relational “...

Mutual Analysis Ferenczi, Severn, and the Origins of Trauma Theory

Mutual Analysis: Ferenczi, Severn, and the Origins of Trauma Theory

1st Edition

By Peter L. Rudnytsky
November 30, 2021

Sándor Ferenczi’s mutual analysis with Elizabeth Severn—the patient known as R.N. in the Clinical Diary—is one of the most controversial and consequential episodes in the history of psychoanalysis. In his latest groundbreaking work, Peter L. Rudnytsky draws on a trove of archival sources to provide...

Creative Engagement in Psychoanalytic Practice

Creative Engagement in Psychoanalytic Practice

1st Edition

By Henry Markman
November 02, 2021

Creative Engagement in Psychoanalytic Practice fills the gaps in current clinical training and theory by highlighting the importance of the analyst’s unique voice, creativity, and embodied awareness in authentically being with and relating to patients. In this original and personal account, Henry ...

Loss, Grief and Transformation The Therapist’s Personal Experience in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis

Loss, Grief and Transformation: The Therapist’s Personal Experience in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis

1st Edition

Edited By Shoshana Ringel
October 22, 2021

This book is a timely and relevant book for psychotherapists and psychoanalysts who process loss both in their own lives and in the lives of their patients, offering perspectives from a range of theoretical backgrounds, clinical vignettes and personal insights. This volume addresses the scope of ...

Psychoanalysis in Social and Cultural Settings Upheavals and Resilience

Psychoanalysis in Social and Cultural Settings: Upheavals and Resilience

1st Edition

By Sverre Varvin
September 24, 2021

Psychoanalysis in Social and Cultural Settings examines the theory and practice of psychoanalysis with patients who have experienced deeply traumatic experiences through war, forced migrations, atrocities and other social and cultural dislocations. The book is divided into three main sections ...

Traumatic Narcissism and Recovery Leaving the Prison of Shame and Fear

Traumatic Narcissism and Recovery: Leaving the Prison of Shame and Fear

1st Edition

By Daniel Shaw
July 27, 2021

This book looks at the trauma suffered by those in relationships with narcissists, covering topics such as surviving a cult, dysfunctional families, political dysfunction, and imbalances of power in places of work and education. This new volume by author and psychoanalyst Daniel Shaw revisits ...

Working with Survivor Siblings in Psychoanalysis Ability and Disability in Clinical Process

Working with Survivor Siblings in Psychoanalysis: Ability and Disability in Clinical Process

1st Edition

By Johanna Dobrich
April 08, 2021

Working with Survivor Siblings in Psychoanalysis: Ability and Disability in Clinical Process explores a previously neglected area in the field of psychoanalysis, addressing undertheorized concepts on siblings, disabilities and psychic survivorship, and broadening our conceptualization of the ...

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