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Secret Passages
The Theory and Technique of Interpsychic Relations

ISBN 9780415555128
Published December 1, 2010 by Routledge
264 Pages

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Book Description

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.

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.

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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.


"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