Self-Analysis Critical Inquiries, Personal Visions
Self-Analysis is a fascinating reprise on the mode of disciplined self-inquiry that gave rise to psychoanalysis. From Freud's pioneering self-analytic efforts onward, self-analysis has been central to psychoanalytic training and psychoanalytic practice. Yet, only in recent years have analysts turned their attention to this wellspring of Freud's creation.
The contributors to Self-Analysis represent diverse theoretical perspectives, but they share a common appreciation of the importance of self-analysis to the analytic endeavor. Their papers encompass systematic inquiries into the capacity for self-analysis, examples of self-analysis as an aspect of clinical work, and personal reflections on the role of self-analysis in professional growth. Among the questions explored: What do we mean by self-analysis? To what extent and under what conditions is self-analysis possible? How does it differ from ordinary introspection? What are the developmental antecedents of the capacity for self-analysis? What is the role of the "other" in self-analysis? What are the relationships among self-analysis, writing, and creativity?
As Barron observes, the contributors to the book "grapple with the formidable ambiguities of self-analysis without either idealizing or devaluing its potential." What emerges from their effort is not only an illuminating window into the psychoanalyst's subjectivity as a fact of clinical life, but a far-reaching exemplification of the ways in which self-understanding is always a constitutive part of our understanding of others.
I. Development of the Capacity for Self-Analysis: Exploration of our "Personal Equations"
Developmental Foundations for the Capacity for Self-Analysis: Parallels in the Roles of Caregiver and Analyst - E. Virginia Demos
Does Our Self-Analysis Take Into Consideration Our Assumptions?
-Ricardo Bernardi and Beatriz de Leon de Bernardi
II. Analytic Work and Self-Analysis
Contemplating the Mirror of the Other: Empathy and Self-Analysis - Alfred Margulies
Work with Patients and the Experience of Self-Analysis - James T. McLaughlin
Engagements in Analysis and Their Use in Self-Analysis - Henry F. Smith
III. Modes of Self-Analytic Activity
Self-Analysis of a Taboo - Ernest S. Wolf
On Fastball Pitching, Astronomical Clocks, and Self-Cognition - John E. Gedo
On Talking to Ourselves: Some Self-Analytical Reflections on Self-Analysis - Robert Gardner
IV. The Role of the Other in Self-Analysis
The Discovery of Real and Fantasized Audiences for Self-Analysis - Rivka R. Eifermann
Mutual Supervision, Countertransference, and Self-Analysis - Adrienne Harris and Therese Ragen
Self and Other in Self-Analysis - Warren S. Poland
V. Self-Analysis, Writing, and Creativity
To Write or Not to Write: A Note on Self-Analysis and the Residstance to Self-Analysis - Stephen M. Sonnenberg
Beckett: Self-Analysis and Creativity - Didier Anzieu
Freud's Self-Analysis - Martine Lussier
"This is one of the most valuable books on psychoanalysis to appear in many years. The contributors offer a fascinating overview both of the way that analysts go about analyzing themselves and the way that their psychology resonates with that of their patients."
- Theodore Jacobs, M.D., New York Psychoanalytic Institute