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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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Understanding and Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder A Relational Approach

Understanding and Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder: A Relational Approach

1st Edition

By Elizabeth F. Howell
April 21, 2011

Building on the comprehensive theoretical model of dissociation elegantly developed in The Dissociative Mind, Elizabeth Howell makes another invaluable contribution to the clinical understanding of dissociative states with Understanding and Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder. ...

The Hero in the Mirror From Fear to Fortitude

The Hero in the Mirror: From Fear to Fortitude

1st Edition

By Sue Grand
November 18, 2009

In times of stress, trauma and crisis—whether on a personal or global scale—it can be all too easy for us to externalize a larger-than-life figure who can assuage our suffering, a Hero who comes to the fore even as we recede into the background. In taking on our collective burden, however, such an ...

A Disturbance in the Field Essays in Transference-Countertransference Engagement

A Disturbance in the Field: Essays in Transference-Countertransference Engagement

1st Edition

By Steven H. Cooper
July 19, 2010

The field, as Steven Cooper describes it, is comprised of the inextricably related worlds of internalized object relations and interpersonal interaction. Furthermore, the analytic dyad is neither static nor smooth sailing. Eventually, the rigorous work of psychoanalysis will offer a fraught ...

First Do No Harm The Paradoxical Encounters of Psychoanalysis, Warmaking, and Resistance

First Do No Harm: The Paradoxical Encounters of Psychoanalysis, Warmaking, and Resistance

1st Edition

Edited By Adrienne Harris, Steven Botticelli
July 08, 2010

At the outset of World War I - the "Great War" - Freud supported the Austro-Hungarian Empire for which his sons fought. But the cruel truths of that bloody conflict, wrought on the psyches as much as the bodies of the soldiers returning from the battlefield, caused him to rethink his stance and ...

Good Enough Endings Breaks, Interruptions, and Terminations from Contemporary Relational Perspectives

Good Enough Endings: Breaks, Interruptions, and Terminations from Contemporary Relational Perspectives

1st Edition

Edited By Jill Salberg
March 25, 2010

In the relational literature, the subject of termination - the ending of an analysis - has received scant attention, and traditional Freudian or ego-psychological criteria are not always enough to assess the readiness to terminate therapy in the coconstructed, intersubjective analytic relationship....

Toward Mutual Recognition Relational Psychoanalysis and the Christian Narrative

Toward Mutual Recognition: Relational Psychoanalysis and the Christian Narrative

1st Edition

By Marie T. Hoffman
December 13, 2010

Ever since its nascent days, psychoanalysis has enjoyed an uneasy coexistence with religion. However, in recent decades, many analysts have been more interested in the healing potential of both psychoanalytic and religious experience and have explored how their respective narrative underpinnings ...

Repair of the Soul Metaphors of Transformation in Jewish Mysticism and Psychoanalysis

Repair of the Soul: Metaphors of Transformation in Jewish Mysticism and Psychoanalysis

1st Edition

By Karen E. Starr
June 12, 2008

Repair of the Soul examines transformation from the perspective of Jewish mysticism and psychoanalysis, addressing the question of how one achieves self-understanding that leads not only to insight but also to meaningful change. In this beautifully written and thought-provoking book, Karen Starr ...

Conversing With Uncertainty Practicing Psychotherapy in A Hospital Setting

Conversing With Uncertainty: Practicing Psychotherapy in A Hospital Setting

1st Edition

By Rita W. McCleary
September 01, 1992

Conversing with Uncertainty is a unique chronicle of why therapists must use theory while resisting the allure of theory, maintaining a double vision that allows them to appropriate theory only to break it open to enlarge the interactive and interpretive possibilities of therapy.  But McCleary...

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