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Sabert Basescu

Selected Papers on Human Nature and Psychoanalysis, 1st Edition

Edited by George Goldstein, Helen Golden


221 pages

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An influential part of the New York psychoanalytic scene for more than 50 years, Sabert "Sabe" Basescu is regarded as an outstanding analyst and a significant proponent of the integration of existentialism and phenomenology into psychoanalytic theory and practice. Existential themes serve as a central hub, a crossroads or meeting place for a variety of contemporary psychoanalytic approaches. Basescu was ahead of his time in anticipating these current trends – his teaching and writing were significant in the genesis of the relational turn as well as the ongoing development of the interpersonal tradition, thus it seems fitting that contemporary analysts remember him now.

To that end, this book comprises a selection of seven of Sabe’s articles, written across his career and exploring such issues as self-disclosure in the therapy session, the origins of creativity, and even his own anxieties as an analyst. Preceding each original paper is a thoughtful commentary by a different member of the contemporary psychoanalytic community, providing theoretical and clinical as well as personal context for Sabe’s work. Opening with an introduction that contextualizes the existential and phenomenological influences in psychoanalysis and closing with a heartfelt afterword by Sabe’s wife, this book is a fitting tribute to a man who is known for his warm, engaging demeanor even through the misfortunes of his elder years, and whose legacy in the field still resonates through contemporary voices.


"This much-deserved tribute to Sabe Basescu is, in its own right, a valuable addition to the literature. His lucid and erudite articles attest to Basescu's status as a pre-eminent (existential/humanistic) theoretician and consummate clinician. But above all, what permeates both his papers - as well as the introductions of the very caring and incisive commentators - is the clear sense of Basescu's being-in-the-world, the warmth, authenticity and integrity that has captured the admiration and love of his colleagues, students, and analysands." - Edgar A. Levenson, M.D., Training and Supervisory Analyst, William Alanson White Institute

"This landmark volume is a gift to therapist's everywhere. The combination of Sabert Basescu's highly original and profoundly important essays and the illuminating commentaries of the discussants has created a book that is a treasure of clinical wisdom. By bringing Basescu's contributions to a wider audience, the editors have done an invaluable service for our field." - Theodore Jacobs, M.D., Training and Supervising Analyst, NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis

Table of Contents

Goldstein & Golden, Preface. Katz, Introduction: Existentialism and Phenomenology. Hoffman, Anxieties in the Analyst: An Autobiographical Account (1977). Aron, Behind the "Seens": The Inner Experience of at Least One Psychoanalyst (1987). Hirsch, The Therapeutic Process (1988). Menaker, Battered, Bothered and Bewildered: The Daily Life of an Analyst (1995). Orfanos, Creativity and the Dimensions of Consciousness (1967). Stern, Human Nature and Psychotherapy (1961). Adler, Farber, Skolnick, & Whitson, Tools of the Trade: The Use of the Self in Psychotherapy (1990). Glennon, Afterword. Bibliography of Sabert Basescu.

About the Editors

George Goldstein, Ph.D., is on the faculties of the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, the Gordon Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi University, and the Suffolk Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. The Former Director of the Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis, he has a private practice in Larchmont and Great Neck, New York.

Helen Golden, Ph.D., is faculty and supervisor at the Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoherapy and Psychoanalysis.

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 / Movements / Psychoanalysis
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health