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Relational Psychoanalysis, Volume 3

New Voices, 1st Edition

Edited by Melanie Suchet, Adrienne Harris, Lewis Aron


352 pages

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Relational psychoanalysis has revivified psychoanalytic discourse by attesting to the analyst's multidimensional subjectivity and then showing how this subjectivity opens to deeper insights about the experience of analysis. Volume 3 of the Relational Psychoanalysis Book Series enlarges this ongoing project in significant ways. Here, leading relational theorists explore the cultural, racial, class-conscious, gendered, and even traumatized anlagen of the self as pathways to clinical understanding.

Relational Psychoanalysis: New Voices is especially a forum for new relational voices and new idioms of relational discourse. Established writers, Muriel Dimen, Sue Grand, and Ruth Stein among them, utilize aspects of their own subjectivity to illuminate heretofore neglected dimensions of cultural experience, of trauma, and of clinical stalemate. A host of new voices applies relational thinking to aspects of race, class, and politics as they emerge in the clinical situation.

The contributors to Relational Psychoanalysis: New Voices are boldly unconventional – in their topics, in their modes of discourse, and in their innovative and often courageous uses of self. Collectively, they convey the ever widening scope of the relational sensibility. The "relational turn" keeps turning.


"We hear talk now and then of a breakthrough in clinical thinking, the achievement of a new attitude and hence a new method. Relational Psychoanalysis, Volume 3: New Voices is one of those books where a group of pioneering clinicians and theoreticians, their intelligence made fertile and daring by their excitement, sparks the reader’s imagination in new directions that will surely influence both the clinical practice and conceptual foundation of psychoanalysis for years to come. Most chapters are brilliantly detailed with clinical encounters that elucidate in a breathtakingly original way how psychoanalytic growth rests upon an enrichment of the link between self and other, and how this link embraces a broader social context. With consistency not ordinarily seen, each chapter has been able to retain the zest and uniqueness of the author’s own voice while honoring the conceptual and clinical contributions of those writers upon whose work their own has been inspired. This book, Volume 3 of the Relational Psychoanalysis series, will stand proudly with the first two volumes."

- Philip Bromberg, Ph.D., Author, Awakening the Dreamer: Clinical Journeys

"Relational psychoanalysis, once the unruly upstart speaking truth to power, has now been on the psychoanalytic scene for a generation, long enough to have become the Establishment. Consider the raw power of the relational turn, a perspective still so young, yet one that so quickly became a tradition, indeed the tradition to reckon with. Be careful what you wish for! The founding generation, many of whom appear in this collection writing in novel or unusual idioms, began as outsiders with an inside track. Many had already made their mark, others were just poised to do so, but all were familiar with the ways and means of power. They were confident, even giddy about how to be truly radical without being irrelevant. Their democratic vision, moral will, and raw originality are vibrantly in evidence on every page of this volume from the conditions of its inception--senior authors joining with new voices to create the fresh air change without the spoilage of repudiation -- to the nature of the book's concerns; the analyst's partial and troubled subjectivity not only in the consulting room, but more radically, the analyst and patient as actors, subjects and objects in a global world. The book exhibits relational psychoanalysis as a mature theory in a state of permanent revolution, one that has accomplished a paradigm shift in what constitutes a psychoanalytic tradition. We will find trusted and revered concepts turned to new purposes on every page. Eventually it will become clear that relational theory has become so supple and polyglot that it has breached the levees of any simple notion of a school or model. This is not a book about the theory and practice of relational psychoanalysis. It is about where those who love and work in the relational tradition are going, and where they want to take us.

- Virginia Goldner, Ph.D., Associate Clinical Professor, New York University Post-doctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

Table of Contents

Part I: New Forms of Writing, Seasoned Voices. Aron, The Tree of Knowledge: Good and Evil. Crastnopol, Uneasy Intimacy: A Siren's Call. Dimen, Ma Vie En Rose: A Meditation. Grand, Unsexed and Ungendered Bodies: The Violated Self. Harris, The House of Difference: Enactment, A Play in Three Scenes. Stein, Waystations on a Psychoanalytic Journey. Part II: New Ideas, New Voices. Botticelli, Return of the Repressed: Class in Psychoanalytic Process. Cheng, Intimate Refusals: Racial Melancholia and the Politics of Objecthood. Eng & Han, Desegregating Love: Transnational Adoption, Racial Reparation, and Racial Transitional Objects. Gentile, Resisting to Survive or Self-destructing to Resist? The Ongoing Paradox of Transformation. Grossmark, From Familiar Chaos to Coherence: Unformulated Experience and Enactment in Group Psychotherapy. Hartman, Class Unconscious: From Dialectical Materialism to Relational Material. Hewitt, Self/Object and Individual/Society: The 'Two Logics' of Psychoanalysis. Part III: Experiments in a New Key. Cheuvront, Jr., Eternal Return: Development, Repetition, and Time. Cole, The HIV-Positive Analyst: Identifying the Other. Roth & Freedgood, Never Mind the Equipment: A Brief and Somewhat Eccentric Interrogation of the Homo in Sexuality. Silverman, Where We Both Have Lived. Straker, Enter the Perverse. Suchet, Transitions.

About the Editors

Melanie Suchet, Ph.D., is a faculty member at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy. She is a contributing editor of Studies in Gender and Sexuality and an assistant editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues. She is in private practice in New York City.

Lewis Aron, Ph.D., ABPP, is Director, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis; President, Division of Psychologists-Psychoanalysts of the New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA); Editorial Board, Studies in Gender and Sexuality; and Series Co-editor, Relational Psychoanalysis Book Series.

Adrienne Harris, Ph.D., is Clinical Associate Professor, New York University Postdoc-toral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, and Associate Editor, Psychoanalytic Dialogues. She is the author of Gender as Soft Assembly (TAP, 2005).

About the Series

Relational Perspectives Book Series

Founding Editor:

Stephen Mitchell

Editor Emeritus:

Lewis Aron

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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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Applied Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health