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Underlying Assumptions in Psychoanalytic Schools
A Comparative Perspective

Edited By

Bernd Huppertz

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ISBN 9780367462567
April 5, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
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Book Description

This book offers a comparative study of the major schools of psychoanalysis by exploring their historical development, their differences and similarities, and the underlying assumptions made by each.

Encompassing the expertise of colleagues from different schools of psychoanalytic thought, each chapter explores a particular perspective, defining specific theoretical assumptions, theories of etiology, and implications for technique, as well as providing each author’s view on the historical development of key psychoanalytic concepts.

With contributions from leading authors in the field, and covering both historical and international schools, the book provides an enlightening account that will prove essential to psychoanalytic practitioners and students of psychoanalysis and the history of medicine.

Table of Contents


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Bernd Huppertz

1. Historical Introduction: The Beginnings of Psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, Metapsychology, Ego Psychoanalysis, the Developing Freudian School of Thought, and the Deviants 

Bernd Huppertz

2. Contemporary UK Freudians 

Francois Louw

3. Klein, Kleinians, and Post-Kleinians: Deeper Layers of the Mind and Projective Identification 

Tomasz Fortuna

4. Fairbairn and the Independent Tradition 

John Keene and Graham S. Clark

5. Winnicott and the Winnicottians 

Frances Thomson-Salo

6. Bion, Bionians, and Post-Bionians: The Relational and the Unrepresented 

Tomasz Fortuna

7. John Bowlby, Attachment Theory, and Attachment Based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy 

Orit Badouk Epstein

8. Lacan and the Lacanians: The Lacanian Unconscious 

Patrick Landman

9. New York Freudian Group, US Freudians, and Contemporary Freudians 

Leon Hoffman

10. American Ego Psychology 

Les Fleischer

11. Sandor Ferenczi, the Budapest School of Psychoanalysis, and the Ferenczi Tradition: The Bridge Between the "One-Person" and "Two-Person" Psychology 

Judit Mészáros

12. Interpersonal Psychoanalysis 

Miri Abramis

13. The Neo-Freudians 

Roger Frie

14. Self Psychology, Kohut and the Kohutian Perspective 

Allen Siegel

15. Post-Kohutian Self Psychology 

Amanda Kottler

16. Relational Psychoanalysis: An Assessment at this Time 

Neil Skolnick

17. Intersubjectivity: Intersubjective Systems Theory 

Joshua R. Burg

18. American Object Relations: The Assumptions of American Object Relations Theories 

Frank Summers

19. Infant Research-Rooted Therapies in the UK 

Alejandra Perez

20. Infant Research-Rooted US Therapies: History of Development of Infant Research-Rooted Theories and the Core Concept of a Developmental Theory of Psychoanalysis 

Alexandra Harris and Ed Tronick

21. Neuropsychoanalysis: A Widening Scope for Psychoanalysis 

Iréne Matthis

22. Italian Psychoanalytic Thought 

Massimo Vigna-Taglianti

23. Argentine Psychoanalysis and the Psycho-Social Perspective 

Samuel Arbiser

24. Psychoanalyses in Asia 

Koichi Togashi

25. Jung and the Jungians: The Jungian Perspective 

Isabelle Meier

26. The Post-Jungians 

Ann Addison

27. Summary and Overview 

Bernd Huppertz

28. Epilogue: Psychoanalysis and the Journey from Natural to Social Science 

Bernd Huppertz

29. Prospectus and Perspectives

Bernd Huppertz

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Bernd Huppertz is a physician in private practice. In Germany, he is a psychotherapist (child, adolescent, adult, and group), a psychiatrist, a neurologist and, formerly, a brain researcher. In 2002, he qualified to teach further education in psychiatry and psychotherapy (lecturer, teaching therapist, and supervisor) (Brandenburg Medical Association). He is also a part-time medical director of non-profit outpatient counseling/rehabilitation centers for patients affected by addiction. He is the editor of Psychotherapy in the Wake of War: Discovering Multiple Psychoanalytic Traditions and of Approaches to Psychic Trauma: Theory and Practice.


‘This book offers a broad and comprehensive view of psychoanalytic ideas and practice across the globe and eloquently demonstrates the continuing development and creativity of the scientific discipline rooted in Freud’s work. It offers expert coverage of the rich proliferation of psychoanalytic ideas providing an excellent introduction to the discipline and a very helpful source of reference to expert readers. It is brought together and integrated with great care and intelligence to make a clear statement about the continuing relevance of our discipline.’

Peter Fonagy is professor of Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Developmental Science, University College London

‘Bernd Huppertz has put together an extraordinary volume that covers the development of psychoanalytic theory and practice from Freud’s talking cure through modern relational perspectives. Each chapter is written by a renowned practitioner who describes an important innovation in theory and practice from psychoanalysis’s birth to the present. A particular strength of the volume is that it traces the evolution of psychoanalysis from a 1-person to a 2- person sensibility. This makes it an invaluable volume for teaching and learning about psychoanalytic thinking.’

Peter Buirski is dean emeritus at the Graduate School of Professional Psychology, University of Denver, and co-author of Making Sense Together, 2nd Edition

‘Huppertz demonstrates his masterful understanding of the study of the human mind as an intrinsically dynamic, perpetually evolving science in which fundamentals are fluid to interpretational biases, distinct cultural beliefs, and other influential circumstances. In the study of the theory and practice of psychological therapies, inclusive work such as this becomes critically imperative. The 29 distinct chapters illustrate psychoanalytic theory and create a cogent guide for the reader seeking to orient or refine the parameters of this science. Assumptions, confounding of opposition between psychoanalytic schools and diversified cultural influences, are powerless against the symphony of sincere insight given by dozens of prominent psychoanalytic professionals featured here, skillfully framed by Huppertz.’   

Susan P. Sherkow, training analyst and instructor at the Berkshire Psychoanalytic Institute and supervising analyst and instructor at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute

‘Huppertz has done the profession a great service by bringing together this extraordinary volume that provides clear and compelling glimpses into the underlying assumptions of many schools of psychoanalytic thought. Written by esteemed experts, this eminently readable volume captures the vitality and passion of the global psychoanalytic community. Psychoanalysis is a complex field, diverse in every way, and Huppertz conveys the richness and contemporary relevance of the field. It is an important work.’

Kerry J. Sulkowicz, president, American Psychoanalytic Association