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Textbook of Applied Psychoanalysis

ISBN 9781782201878
Published February 5, 2018 by Routledge
516 Pages

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Book Description

The Textbook of Applied Psychoanalysis is a unique and original contribution to the field of psychoanalysis. Emphasizing and underscoring the need for interdisciplinary discourse in understanding the dialectical relationship between mind and culture, this volume addresses a multiplicity of realms. These include anthropology, religion, philosophy, history, as well as evolutionary psychology, medicine, race, poverty, migration, and prejudice. Dimensions of social praxis such as education, health policy, and cyberpsychology are also addressed. The enrichment of our understanding of the fine arts (e.g. painting, sculpture, poetry) and performing arts (e.g. music, dance, cinema) by the application of psychoanalytic principles and the enhancement of psychoanalysis by bringing such arts to bear upon it also form areas of this book's concern. This magisterial volume brings distinguished psychoanalysts, philosophers, musicians, poets, businessmen, architects, and movie critics together to create a chorus of modern, anthropologically-informed and culturally sensitive psychoanalysis.

Table of Contents



Part I: Psychoanalysis and Cultural Understanding of Mankind 

CHAPTER ONE Anthropology Robert Paul

CHAPTER TWO Religion James Lomax and Nathan Carlin

CHAPTER THREE Philosophy Douglas Kirsner

CHAPTER FOUR History Henry Zvi Lothane

CHAPTER FIVE Large Group Identity Vamik D. Volkan

CHAPTER SIX Minorities Salman Akhtar

CHAPTER SEVEN Community and Community Psychoanalysis Stuart W. Twemlow

Part II: Psychoanalysis, Biology, and the Human Body

CHAPTER EIGHT: Evolutionary Psychology Kathryn Baselice and J. Anderson Thomson, Jr.

CHAPTER NINE Medicine Julian Stern 

CHAPTER TEN Neuropsychoanalysis Charles Fisher and Richard Kessler

CHAPTER ELEVEN Sports Michael Brearley

Part III: Psychoanalysis and Societal Turbulence

CHAPTER TWELVE Poverty Neil Altman

CHAPTER THIRTEEN Migration Salman Akhtar

CHAPTER FOURTEEN Race, Ethnicity, and Inter-Group Conflict Ricardo Ainslie

CHAPTER FIFTEEN Prejudice Salman Akhtar

CHAPTER SIXTEEN Terror and Terrorism John, Lord Alderdice

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN Childhood trauma Steven Marans

CHAPTER EIGHTEEN School Bullying Stuart W. Twemlow, Frank C. Sacco, and Tanya Bennett

CHAPTER NINETEEN Violence James Gilligan

Part IV: Psychoanalysis and Social Praxis

CHAPTER TWENTY Education Jonathan Cohen

CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE Consultation to Organizations William Myerson, Harriet Wolfe, Larry Hirschhorn, Daniel Myerson, and Ernest Fruge 

CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO Health Policy James C. Pyles and Robert L. Pyles

CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE Negotiation Kimberlyn Leary

CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR Prevention in Mental Health Henri Parens, Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber and Karl-Heinz Brisch

CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE Cyberpsychology John Suler

Part V: Psychoanalysis and Fine Arts

CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX Painting Mary Wright

CHAPTER TWENTY-SEVEN Sculpture Harvey Giesbrecht

CHAPTER TWENTY-EIGHT Photography Joseph Lichtenberg

CHAPTER TWENTY-NINE Architecture Bethany J. Hamilton, Elizabeth Danze, and Stephen M. Sonnenberg

CHAPTER THIRTY Poetry Eugene J. Mahon

CHAPTER THIRTY-ONE Fiction Stanley Coen

Part VI: Psychoanalysis and Performing Arts

CHAPTER THIRTY-TWO Music Julie Jaffee Nagel

CHAPTER THIRTY-THREE Theatre Jill Savege Scharff


CHAPTER THIRTY-FIVE Cinema Bruce Sklarew

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Salman Akhtar, MD, was born in India and completed his medical and psychiatric education there. Upon arriving in the USA in 1973, he repeated his psychiatric training at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, and then obtained psychoanalytic training from the Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Institute. Currently, he is Professor of Psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College and a training and supervising analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. He has authored, edited or co-edited more than 300 publications including books on psychiatry and psychoanalysis and several collections of poetry. He is also a Scholar-in-Residence at the Inter-Act Theatre Company in Philadelphia. Salman Akhtar received the Sigourney Award in 2012.

Stuart W. Twemlow, MD is medical director of the Hope Program, director of the Peaceful Schools and Communities Project of the Child and Family Program, the Menninger Clinic; professor of psychiatry of the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine; and faculty member of the Houston-Galveston Psychoanalytic Institute.


International Acclaim! 

Akhtar and Twemlow’s Textbook of Applied Psychoanalysis is an original, courageous and extremely useful volume for psychoanalysts and non- psychoanalysts alike. They have brought together forty four distinguished contributors to tackle a wide variety of topics. These experts elucidate the customary concerns of applied psychoanalysis such as fiction, painting, sculpture, music and photography and also explore contemporary issues including migration, poverty, terrorism, cyber -psychology, and inter-ethnic conflict. This is an important book indeed.

Marilia Aisenstein (France)

This wonderful collection of essays creates new bridges between psychoanalysis and other cultural fields while assuring that the conceptual traffic remains interdisciplinary and bi-directional. The innovative and openminded vision of its editors, the unexpected variety and broad range of areas covered, and the scientific prestige of the contributors will deservedly attract and influence a wide international readership.

Stefano Bolognini (Italy)

At last we have the definitive book on the psychoanalytic understanding of diverse cultural phenomena and vexing social issues. In covering an astonishing range of themes ‒ from fine and performing arts to biology, from human sciences to society and politics ‒ this encyclopedic volume becomes an invaluable guide for everyone who wants to know what the best of contemporary psychoanalysis has to offer outside the clinic.

Sudhir Kakar (India)

This book is an all-encompassing attempt to apply the conceptual tools of psychoanalysis to enhance our understanding of various cultural and sociopolitical aspects of human life. It is unique since it is firmly anchored in psychoanalytic theory and yet exemplifies a genuine effort at interdisciplinary collaboration. It is a timely and highly relevant book for all.

Ilany Kogan (Israel)

Salman Akhtar and Stuart Twemlow have created much more than the most complete volume about psychoanalysis and its contributions to the arts, literature, neuroscience, the social sciences, and critical social issues facing humankind today. They make the overdue case that psychoanalysis has much to offer and learn from other fields while enriching its own unique set of ideas. Readers will be in awe and feel grateful.

Mark D. Smaller (United States)