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The Collected Papers of Emmanuel Ghent

Heart Melts Forward

Edited by Victoria Demos, Adrienne Harris

© 2018 – Routledge

312 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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This book brings together an engaging study, using Emmanuel Ghent’s collected papers, of theoretical and personal origins of the relational turn in psychoanalysis. Emmanuel Ghent was one of the founders of relational psychoanalysis, and his ideas have been hugely influential. However, he published sparingly and his papers are scattered across a range of sources. In this book, his key writings are reproduced, along with analyses and critiques by major contemporary psychoanalytic figures such as Adam Phillips, Jessica Benjamin, Seth Warren, Adrienne Harris and Barry Magrid.

This book provides a thorough examination of the key tenets of Ghent’s thinking and illustrates the continued importance of his theoretical and clinical work for the next generation of psychoanalysts.

Reviews

"Heart Melts Forward is a book, of course--and so when we consider it, we think first of Manny’s writing, which was prescient and brilliant, and which continues to serve as one of the primary inspirations of the entire relational literature. But it was because Manny was the person he was, the whole person he was, that he became as beloved and influential as he was. Luckily for us, his personhood suffuses every one of the gripping and profound articles collected here. In reading this book you will be standing on the foundation of relational psychoanalysis. But there will be more: if you didn’t know Manny, you will wish you had."-Donnel B. Stern, Ph.D., William Alanson White Institute and NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.

Table of Contents

Introduction Victoria Demos and Adrienne Harris

Part One: Core Papers and Commentaries 

  1. Emmanuel Ghent and the Origins of Relational Psychoanalysis
  2. Anthony Bass

    Credo — The Dialectics of One-Person and Two-Person Psychologies (1989)

    EMMANUEL GHENT 

  3. Surrender and Self-Discovery: Ghent’s Reflections on the "Force of Growth" and What Impedes It
  4. JESSICA BENJAMIN 

    Masochism, Submission, Surrender—Masochism as a Perversion of Surrender (1990)

    EMMANUEL GHENT 

  5. Medicine Man(nie): Commentary on Emmanuel Ghent's "Paradox and Process"
  6. MURIEL DIMEN 

    Paradox and Process (1992)

    EMMANUEL GHENT

  7. Introduction to E. Ghent, "Interaction in the Psychoanalytic Situation"
  8. C. SETH WARREN

    Interaction in the Psychoanalytic Situation (1995)

    EMMANUEL GHENT 

  9. The Butterfly in the Consulting Room
  10. BARRY MAGID 

    Wish, Need, Drive: Motive in the Light of Dynamic Systems Theory and Edelman's Selectionist Theory (2002)

    EMMANUEL GHENT

    Part Two: Early Writings 

  11. Psyche and Eye (1950)
  12. EMMANUEL GHENT 

  13. Countertransference: Its Reflection in the Process of Peer-Group Supervision
  14. CHAIM F. SHATAN, BENJAMIN BRODY, EMMANUEL GHENT

    Part Three: In Ghent’s Words 

  15. Relations: Introduction to the First IARPP Conference (2001)
  16. EMMANUEL GHENT 

  17. On Relational Psychoanalysis: An Interview with Dr. Emmanuel Ghent/Interviewer: Lewis Aron (2000)
  18. LEWIS ARON

    EMMANUEL GHENT

    Part Four: Reminiscences  

  19. A Fragment of an Analysis with Mannie Ghent
  20. RON BALAMUTH 

  21. Reminiscences of Mannie as a Clinical Supervisor
  22. LEWIS ARON 

  23. The Years with Ghent
  24. VICTORIA DEMOS 

  25. Impressions of Mannie
  26. JESSICA BENJAMIN 

  27. Heart Melts Forward: Emmanuel Ghent (1925-2003)

ADRIENNE HARRIS

Afterward On What We Need: A Celebration of the Work of Emmanuel Ghent

Adam Phillips

About the Editors

Victoria Demos is Supervisor at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, New York.

Adrienne Harris is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology (Adjunct) and Clinical Consultant on the Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, NYU.

About the Series

Relational Perspectives Book Series

The Relational Perspectives Book Series (RPBS) publishes books that grow out of or contribute to the relational tradition in contemporary psychoanalysis. The term relational psychoanalysis was first used by Greenberg and Mitchell (1983) to bridge the traditions of interpersonal relations, as developed within interpersonal psychoanalysis and object relations, as developed within contemporary British theory. But, under the seminal work of the late Stephen Mitchell, the term relational psychoanalysis grew and began to accrue to itself many other influences and developments. Various tributaries—interpersonal psychoanalysis, object relations theory, self psychology, empirical infancy research, and elements of contemporary Freudian and Kleinian thought—flow into this tradition, which understands relational configurations between self and others, both real and fantasied, as the primary subject of psychoanalytic investigation.  

We refer to the relational tradition, rather than to a relational school, to highlight that we are identifying a trend, a tendency within contemporary psychoanalysis, not a more formally organized or coherent school or system of beliefs. Our use of the term relational signifies a dimension of theory and practice that has become salient across the wide spectrum of contemporary psychoanalysis. Now under the editorial supervision of Lewis Aron and Adrienne Harris with the assistance of Associate Editors Steven Kuchuck and Eyal Rozmarin, the Relational Perspectives Book Series originated in 1990 under the editorial eye of the late Stephen A. Mitchell. Mitchell was the most prolific and influential of the originators of the relational tradition. He was committed to dialogue among psychoanalysts and he abhorred the authoritarianism that dictated adherence to a rigid set of beliefs or technical restrictions. He championed open discussion, comparative and integrative approaches, and he promoted new voices across the generations.  

Included in the Relational Perspectives Book Series are authors and works that come from within the relational tradition, extend and develop the tradition, as well as works that critique relational approaches or compare and contrast it with alternative points of view. The series includes our most distinguished senior psychoanalysts along with younger contributors who bring fresh vision.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY026000
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis