1st Edition

The Telescoping of Generations
Listening to the Narcissistic Links Between Generations

ISBN 9781583917534
Published May 18, 2005 by Routledge
168 Pages

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Book Description

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.

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'.

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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.


"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