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The Telescoping of Generations

Listening to the Narcissistic Links Between Generations, 1st Edition

By Haydee Faimberg


168 pages

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Winner of the 2013 Sigourney Award!

The Telescoping of Generations is an original perspective on the transmission of narcissistic links between generations. This attention to unconscious transmission gives fresh understanding of the psychic consequences of experiences such as genocide and terrorism.

Reviving classic psychoanalytical concepts with fresh meaning, Haydee Faimberg demonstrates how narcissistic links that pass between generations can be unfolded in the intimacy of the session, through engagement with the patient's private language. The surprising clinical cases described in this book led the author to recognise the analyst's narcissistic resistances to hearing what the patient does say, and what the patient cannot say.

Psychoanalysts and psychotherapists treating adults and children, family therapists and those with an interest in cultural studies, will all find The Telescoping of Generations relevant to their work.

Haydée Faimberg has received the Haskell Norman International Award for Excellence in Psychoanalysis 2005.


"Can reading a scientific text directly influence the day-to-day work of a psychoanalyst? I believe so, and I think that Faimberg's is one of the few books which can really open up new perspectives and provide us with unusual tools for reading; as much in the reconstruction of patient's personal journeys as in the understanding of what happens in the analytic experience." - Stefano Bolognini, Int. J. Psychoanal. 2006, vol 87 part 3

"…I highly recommend this extraordinarily erudite, lucid and evocative text to both seasoned clinicians and students alike." - Psychoanalytic Psychology, Journal of the Division of Psychoanalysis

Table of Contents

The Telescoping of Generations. 'Listening to Listening'. Repetition and Surprise. The Countertransference Position and the Countertransference. The Narcissistic Dimension of the Oedipal Configuration. The Oedipus Myth Revisited. 'Listening to Listening' and Après-Coup. Misunderstanding and Psychic Truths. Narcissistic Discourse as a Resistance to Psychoanalytic Listening. Après-Coup. 'The Snark was a Boojum'.

About the Author

Haydée Faimberg, M.D., is a Training and Supervising Analyst, Paris Psychoanalytical Society (IPA). She is in private practice in Paris, created the Conference on Intracultural and Intercultural Psychoanalytical Dialogue (IPA), chairs the Clinical Forum of the European Federation, and has co-chaired the British-French clinical meetings since 1993. Haydee Faimberg received the Haskell Norman prize 2005 for excellence in Psychoanalysis and won the Sigourney Award in 2013.

About the Series

The New Library of Psychoanalysis

The New Library of Psychoanalysis is published by Routledge Mental Health in association with the Institute of Psychoanalysis, London.

Its purpose is to facilitate a greater and more widespread appreciation of psychoanalysis and to provide a forum for increasing mutual understanding between psychoanalysts and those in other disciplines. The series also aims to make some of the work of continental and other non-English speaking analysts more readily available to English-speaking readers, and to increase the interchange of ideas between British and American analysts.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis published its first book in 1987 under the editorship of David Tuckett, later followed by Elizabeth Bott Spillius, Susan Budd and Dana Birksted-Breen. A considerable number of Associate Editors and readers have assisted the editors.

Under the guidance of Foreign Rights Editors, a considerable number of the New Library books have been published abroad, particularly in Brazil, Germany, France, Italy, Peru, Spain and Japan.

The aim of the New Library of Psychoanalysis is to maintain the high level of scholarship of the previous series, to provide a forum for increasing understanding between psychoanalysis and other disciplines and to increase the interest of the general book-reading public in psychoanalysis.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis also aims to help the various schools of psychoanalysis to better understand each other. It has published books representing all three schools of thought in British psychoanalysis, including a particularly important work edited by Pearl King and Riccardo Steiner, expounding the intellectual and organisational controversies that developed in the British psychoanalytical Society between Kleinian, Viennese and 'middle group' analysts during the Second World War.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis has also translated and published several books by Continental psychoanalysts, and it plans in the future to continue the policy of publishing books that express as clearly as possible a variety of psychoanalytic points of view.

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Subject Categories

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