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Subject Relations

Unconscious Experience and Relational Psychoanalysis, 1st Edition

By Naomi G . Rucker, Karen L. Lombardi


202 pages

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pub: 1997-11-13
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Traditional psychoanalysis views relationships as forged through individual drives--a satisfaction and fulfillment of needs and desires. Rucker and Lombardi contend, however, that all relationships cannot be explained so simply; rather, they argue that human relationships carry meanings which cannot be reduced solely to the psychic contributions of each of the individuals involved. Instead, Subject Relations discusses the existence of a related unconscious rooted in mutual subjective experience.

The authors cite numerous clinical examples that show how the unconscious material generated by human interrelatedness comes to light. Drawing on the work of Matte-Blanco as well as traditional object relations theorists such as Melanie Klein, D.W. Winnicott, and Thomas Ogden, the authors examine how identifications that exist through unconscious processes manifest themselves in psychoanalytic theory and practice.


"Lombardi and Rucker provide us with a truly original interpretation of the Freudian unconscious from within their own interpretation of relational theory. The authors bring together the insight gained from years of clinical practice with an impressive knowledge of the theoretical debates amongst the various schools of psychoanalysis. Lucidly written and carefully argued,Subject Relations will undoubtedly make a significant contribution to psychoanalytic theory." -- Drucilla Cornell

About the Authors

Naomi G. Rucker is on the Faculty at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis. Karen L. Lombardi is Associate Professor at the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi University.

Subject Categories

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