Volume 23 of The Annual of Psychoanalysis departs from its predecessors in offering three lengthy studies of unususal interest. Fred Levin's three-part examination of psychoanalysis and knowledge is a simulating, timely effort to relate "a psychoanalyst's thinking about knowledge" to both the clinical situation and what is now known about learning, memory, and knowledge formation in the neurosciences. The late Roy R. Grinker, Sr.'s history of analysis in Chicago was solicited by The Annual in 1975 but declined for publication at the time as too abrasive in tone and too critical in content. It is published here in unexpurgated form, and emerges as both a provocative historical document and a valuable commentary on the state of psychoanalytic education 20 years ago. Finally, in a fascinating contribution to applied analysis, Carol M. Ravenal reexamines Matisse's artwork in the context of the painter's arrested development and subsequent adult conflicts in "Henri Matisse: Love as Art - A Psychobiographical Study."
These major contributions are supplemented by clinical and theoretical papers of characteristic excellence. John Gedo's probing evaluation of the "pragmatics of empathy" highlights how empathic responsiveness obliges analysts "to tailor our manner of discourse to the specific requirements of the analysand's current state." Michael Hoit argues that the hermeneutic point of view is an important addition to clinical theory, allowing analysts to understand phenomena outside the boundaries of specific schools and theories. Otto Kernberg examines the psychoanalytic psychotherapy of eating-disorder patients with borderline personality organization. Alice Rosen Soref proffers a revised understanding of the etiology and treatment of narcissistic pathology on the basis of three decades of infant research. And Samuel Weiss discusses the resistance to child analysis of parents who know their children need help but balk at the actual recommendation for treatment.
In all, Volume 23 is a worthy response to the ferment of the present time. Encompassing a key period in psychoanalytic history, a scholarly investigation in applied analysis, and a thoughtful assessment of psychoanalysis and brain research, it offers a fine overview of the major tributaries of contemporary analytic scholarship. Supplement these monographic efforts with a careful selection of clinical and theoretical studies and you have an exemplary contribution to the literature.
Part I: Clinical and Theoretical Papers. Gedo, The Pragmatics of Empathy. Hoit, The Influence of Hermeneutic Philosophy on Psychoanalysis. Kernberg, Technical Approach to Eating Disorders in Patients with Borderline Personality Organization. Soref, Narcissism: A View from Infant Research. Weiss, On the Resistance to Child Analysis: Problems of the Parent and Analyst. Part II: Psychoanalysis and the Brain. Levin, Psychoanalysis and Knowledge, Part I: The Problem of Representation and Alternative Approaches to Learning. Levin, Keny, Psychoanalysis and Knowledge, Part II: The Special Relationship between Psychoanalytic Transference, Similarity Judgment, and the Priming of Memory. Levin, Psychoanalysis and Knowledge, Part III: Some Thoughts on a Line of Development of a Philosophy of Mind. Part III: Early Psychoanalysis in Chicago. Grinker, The History of Psychoanalysis in Chicago, 1911-1975. Part IV: Applied Psychoanalysis. Ravenal, Henry Matisse: Love as Art - A Psychobiographical Study.