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Secret Passages

The Theory and Technique of Interpsychic Relations, 1st Edition

By Stefano Bolognini


264 pages

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Secret Passages provides a theoretical and clinical exploration of the field of psychoanalysis. It looks at the pivotal relationship between analyst and client and its importance to the psychoanalytic process. Offering a uniquely global perspective, Bolognini considers the different trends in contemporary psychoanalysis, charting a course between the innovative and traditional.

Divided into three parts, areas of discussion include:

  • plurality and complexity in the internal world
  • the complex nature of psychoanalytic empathy
  • from the transpsychic to the interpsychic.

Drawing on vivid clinical examples throughout, Secret Passages will be of great interest to all psychoanalysts, in particular those with an interest in gaining a more global theoretical perspective.


"We should all be grateful to Stefano Bolognini for leading the way for the rest of us to follow. He has blazed a trail, and now it is incumbent on the rest of us to make our way along that trail and join him in the new country of global psychoanalysis."Glen O. Gabbard, From the Foreword.

"The book is written with a distinctive voice, and would be a welcome addition to any analyst’s library. Reading it in whole or in part will reward any reader who would like to be immersed in the clinical and theoretical thinking of our Italian colleague…" - Sybil Houlding, Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 2012

"In this volume, Bolognini displays a feeling for the clinical application of multiple hteories that cannot fail to impress the psychoanalytic reader… Bologinin's fundamental humanism, his kindness and regard for his patients and the healing process come through in a fashion that can, at times, make the reader forget all the theoretical trappings that his orientation requires of him. In total, he demonstrates the importance of his trust in others and his higfh regard for psychanalysis and its ability in his hands to help his patients achieve healthy maturity." -Henry J. Friedman M.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 2014

Table of Contents

Introduction. Part I: Three Prefaces to the Discussion. Freud’s "Objects": Plurality and Complexity in the Internal World and in the Analyst’s Working Self. Proposal for an Alternative Review of Therapeutic Factors: In the Margins of Gabbard and Westen's "Rethinking Therapeutic Action". Speaking of Things, Speaking of Words. Part II: Interpsychic Passages. The Intrapsychic and the Interpsychic. "Interpret-Action". My Dog Doesn’t Know Descartes: The Disenchanted Analysis of the "Interpsychic" Man-dog. The Psychosexuality of Mucous Membranes: Inter-body and Interpsychic. The Complex Nature of Psychoanalytic Empathy: A Theoretical and Clinical Exploration. The Glass Half Empty or Half Full: Dream Work and Oneiric Working Through. Part III: From the Transpsychic to the Interpsychic. Peleus’s Hug: Survival, Containment, and Con-viction in the Analytic Experience with Serious Pathologies. The Courage to Be Afraid. Trust in One’s Self: Pseudomaturity and Disarticulation Between Ego and Self in Panic Attacks. References. Index.

About the Author

Stefano Bolognini is a Psychiatrist and a Training and Supervising Analyst and is President of the Italian Psychoanalytic Society, Italy. He works and lives in Bologna, and is consultant and supervisor of the Italian National Mental Health Service. He is a member of the European Board of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis.

About the Series

The New Library of Psychoanalysis

The New Library of Psychoanalysis is published by Routledge Mental Health in association with the Institute of Psychoanalysis, London.

Its purpose is to facilitate a greater and more widespread appreciation of psychoanalysis and to provide a forum for increasing mutual understanding between psychoanalysts and those in other disciplines. The series also aims to make some of the work of continental and other non-English speaking analysts more readily available to English-speaking readers, and to increase the interchange of ideas between British and American analysts.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis published its first book in 1987 under the editorship of David Tuckett, later followed by Elizabeth Bott Spillius, Susan Budd and Dana Birksted-Breen. A considerable number of Associate Editors and readers have assisted the editors.

Under the guidance of Foreign Rights Editors, a considerable number of the New Library books have been published abroad, particularly in Brazil, Germany, France, Italy, Peru, Spain and Japan.

The aim of the New Library of Psychoanalysis is to maintain the high level of scholarship of the previous series, to provide a forum for increasing understanding between psychoanalysis and other disciplines and to increase the interest of the general book-reading public in psychoanalysis.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis also aims to help the various schools of psychoanalysis to better understand each other. It has published books representing all three schools of thought in British psychoanalysis, including a particularly important work edited by Pearl King and Riccardo Steiner, expounding the intellectual and organisational controversies that developed in the British psychoanalytical Society between Kleinian, Viennese and 'middle group' analysts during the Second World War.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis has also translated and published several books by Continental psychoanalysts, and it plans in the future to continue the policy of publishing books that express as clearly as possible a variety of psychoanalytic points of view.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health