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Relational Perspectives Book Series

Series Editors:
  • Lewis Aron
    New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis, USA
  • Adrienne Harris
    Faculty and Supervisor, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California

Associate Editors:
  • Steven Kuchuck
    National Institute for the Psychotherapies and practicing psychoanalyst in Manhattan, New York.
  • Eyal Rozmarin
    New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, USA

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.

  • Psychoanalytic Treatment of Eating Disorders

    When Words Fail and Bodies Speak

    Edited by Tom Wooldridge

    Psychoanalytic Treatment of Eating Disorders: When Words Fail and Bodies Speak offers a compilation of some of the most innovative thinking on psychoanalytic approaches to the treatment of eating disorders available today. In its recognition of the multiple meanings of food, weight, and body shape,…

    Paperback – 2018-01-17 
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  • Memories and Monsters

    Psychology, Trauma and Narrative

    Edited by Eric R. Severson, David M. Goodman

    Memories and Monsters explores the nature of the monstrous or uncanny, and the way psychological trauma relates to memory and narration. This interdisciplinary book works on the borderland between psychology and philosophy, drawing from scholars in both fields who have helped mould the bourgeoning…

    Paperback – 2017-12-07 
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  • Dramatic Dialogue

    Contemporary Clinical Practice

    By Galit Atlas, Lewis Aron

    In Dramatic Dialogue, Atlas and Aron develop the metaphors of drama and theatre to introduce a new way of thinking about therapeutic action and therapeutic traction. This model invites the patient’s many self-states and the numerous versions of the therapist’s self onto the analytic stage to dream…

    Paperback – 2017-12-07 
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  • Race in Psychoanalysis

    Aboriginal Populations in the Mind

    By Celia Brickman

    Race in Psychoanalysis analyzes the often-unrecognized racism in psychoanalysis by examining how the colonialist discourse of late nineteenth-century anthropology made its way into Freud’s foundational texts, where it has remained and continues to exert a hidden influence. Recent racial violence,…

    Paperback – 2017-11-28 
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  • Relationships in Development

    Infancy, Intersubjectivity, and Attachment

    By Stephen Seligman

    The recent explosion of new research about infants, parental care, and infant-parent relationships has shown conclusively that human relationships are central motivators and organizers in development. Relationships in Development examines the practical implications for dynamic psychotherapy…

    Paperback – 2017-10-26 
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  • Integrating Relational Psychoanalysis and EMDR

    Embodied Experience and Clinical Practice

    By Hemda Arad

    Integrating Relational Psychoanalysis and EMDR: Embodied Experience and Clinical Practice provides contemporary theoretical and clinical links between Relational Psychoanalysis, attachment theory, neuroscience, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, all of which bring both the patient’s…

    Paperback – 2017-09-25 
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  • Reconsidering the Moveable Frame in Psychoanalysis

    Its Function and Structure in Contemporary Psychoanalytic Theory

    Edited by Isaac Tylim, Adrienne Harris

    Reconsidering the Moveable Frame in Psychoanalysis explores the idea of ‘the frame’ at a time when this concept is undergoing both systematic revival and widespread transformation. It has always been tempting to see the frame as a relatively static, finite and definable feature of psychoanalytic…

    Paperback – 2017-09-19 
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  • The Modernity of Sándor Ferenczi

    His historical and contemporary importance in psychoanalysis

    By Thierry Bokanowski

    The Modernity of Sándor Ferenczi provides a concise yet thorough overview of the life and work of Sandor Ferenczi. It seeks to help make his thought and work better known, as a controversial pioneering psychoanalyst whose importance to psychoanalysis has sometimes been wrongfully neglected and…

    Paperback – 2017-09-07 
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  • Moments of Meeting in Psychoanalysis

    Interaction and Change in the Therapeutic Encounter

    Edited by Susan Lord

    There are moments of connection between analysts and patients during any therapeutic encounter upon which the therapy can turn. Moments of Meeting in Psychoanalysis explores how analysts and therapists can experience these moments of meeting, shows how this interaction can become an enlivening and…

    Paperback – 2017-08-15
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  • The Collected Papers of Emmanuel Ghent

    Heart Melts Forward

    Edited by Victoria Demos, Adrienne Harris

    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…

    Paperback – 2017-08-01
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  • Core Competencies of Relational Psychoanalysis

    A Guide to Practice, Study and Research

    Edited by Roy E. Barsness

    Core Competencies of Relational Psychoanalysis provides a concise and clearly presented handbook for those who wish to study, practice, and teach the core competencies of Relational Psychoanalysis, offering primary skills in a straightforward and useable format. Roy E. Barsness offers his own…

    Paperback – 2017-07-11
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  • The Cut and the Building of Psychoanalysis: Volume II

    Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi

    By Carlo Bonomi

    The Cut and the Building of Psychoanalysis Volume II explores how the unformulated trauma associated with surgery performed on Emma Eckstein’s genitalia, and the hallucinations that Eckstein experienced, influenced Freud’s self-analysis, oriented his biological speculations, and significantly…

    Hardback – 2017-06-07
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  • Couples on the Couch

    Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy and the Tavistock Model

    Edited by Shelley Nathans, Milton Schaefer

    Couples on the Couch provides a clear guide to applying the Tavistock model of couple psychotherapy in clinical psychoanalytic practice, offering a compelling sampling of ideas about couple relationships and couple psychotherapy from a broadly relational psychoanalytic perspective. The book…

    Paperback – 2017-06-06
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  • The Cut and the Building of Psychoanalysis, Volume I

    Sigmund Freud and Emma Eckstein

    By Carlo Bonomi

    This volume presents a fresh perspective and new narrative of the origins of psychoanalysis, taking into account social, cultural and contemporary relational views. Exploring Freud’s unconscious communication and identification with his patients, Emma Eckstein in particular, the book sheds new…

    Paperback – 2017-05-18
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  • Psychoanalysis and Holocaust Testimony

    Unwanted Memories of Social Trauma

    Edited by Dori Laub, Andreas Hamburger

    Psychoanalytic work with socially traumatised patients is an increasingly popular vocation, but remains extremely demanding and little covered in the literature. In Psychoanalysis and Holocaust Testimony, a range of contributors draw upon their own clinical work, and on research findings from work…

    Paperback – 2017-04-06
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  • The Discovery of the Self

    A Study in Psychological Cure

    By Elizabeth Severn

    Edited by Peter L. Rudnytsky

    Elizabeth Severn, known as "R.N." in Sandor Ferenczi’s Clinical Diary, was Ferenczi’s analysand for eight years, the patient with whom he conducted his controversial experiment in mutual analysis, and a psychoanalyst in her own right who had a transformative influence on his work. The Discovery of…

    Paperback – 2017-03-14
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  • The Neuropsychodynamic Treatment of Self-Deficits

    Searching for Complementarity

    By Joseph Palombo

    The Neuropsychodynamic Treatment of Self-Deficits examines how to work psychoanalytically with patients to address the problems that result from neuropsychological impairments, exploring the latest advances in understanding and treatment, while also addressing the concerns that clinicians may have…

    Paperback – 2017-01-04
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  • Wounds of History

    Repair and Resilience in the Trans-Generational Transmission of Trauma

    Edited by Jill Salberg, Sue Grand

    Wounds of History takes a new view in psychoanalysis using a trans-generational and social/political/cultural model looking at trauma and its transmission. The view is radical in looking beyond maternal dyads and Oedipal triangles and in its portrayal of a multi-generational world that is no longer…

    Paperback – 2016-12-12
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  • Trans-generational Trauma and the Other

    Dialogues across history and difference

    Edited by Sue Grand, Jill Salberg

    Often, our trans-generational legacies are stories of 'us' and 'them' that never reach their terminus. We carry fixed narratives, and the ghosts of our perpetrators and of our victims. We long to be subjects in our own history, but keep reconstituting the Other as an object in their own history.…

    Paperback – 2016-12-12
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  • Body-Mind Dissociation in Psychoanalysis

    Development after Bion

    By Riccardo Lombardi

    The conflict and dissociation between the Body and the Mind have determinant implications in the context of our current clinical practice, and are an important source of internal and relational disturbances. Body-Mind Dissociation in Psychoanalysis proposes the concept as a new hypothesis, …

    Paperback – 2016-11-29
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  • Psychoanalysis, Trauma, and Community

    History and Contemporary Reappraisals

    Edited by Judith L. Alpert, Elizabeth R. Goren

    Trauma is one of the hottest contemporary topics within psychoanalysis, whilst many psychoanalysts are increasingly interested in applying their skills outside the traditional setting of the consulting room, especially in response to disasters, wars and serious social issues. Psychoanalysis, Trauma…

    Paperback – 2016-11-17
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  • Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Modern Jewish Philosophy

    Two Languages of Love

    By Michael Oppenheim

    Relational psychoanalysis and modern Jewish philosophy have much to say about the dynamics of human relationships, but there has been no detailed, thorough, and constructive examination that brings together these two incisive discourses. Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Modern Jewish Philosophy: Two…

    Paperback – 2016-10-13
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  • Talking about Evil

    Psychoanalytic, Social, and Cultural Perspectives

    Edited by Rina Lazar

    How can we talk about evil? How can we make sense of its presence all around us? How can we come to terms with the sad fact that our involvement in doing or enabling evil is an interminable aspect of our lives in the world? This book is an attempt to engage these questions in a new way. Written…

    Paperback – 2016-10-05
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  • Demons in the Consulting Room

    Echoes of Genocide, Slavery and Extreme Trauma in Psychoanalytic Practice

    Edited by Adrienne Harris, Margery Kalb, Susan Klebanoff

    Demons in the Consulting Room: Echoes of Genocide, Slavery and Extreme Trauma in Psychoanalytic Practice isthe second of two volumes addressing the overwhelming, often unmetabolizable feelings related to mourning, both on an individual and mass scale. Authors in this volume explore the potency of…

    Paperback – 2016-08-23
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  • The Ethical Turn

    Otherness and Subjectivity in Contemporary Psychoanalysis

    Edited by David M. Goodman, Eric R. Severson

    Levinas (1969) claims that "morality is not a branch of philosophy, but first philosophy" and if he is right about this, might ethics also serve as a first psychology? This possibility is explored by the authors in this volume who seek to bring the "ethical turn" into the world of psychoanalysis.…

    Paperback – 2016-06-29
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  • Ghosts in the Consulting Room

    Echoes of Trauma in Psychoanalysis

    Edited by Adrienne Harris, Margery Kalb, Susan Klebanoff

    Ghosts in the Consulting Room: Echoes of Trauma in Psychoanalysis is the first of two volumes that delves into the overwhelming, often unmetabolizable feelings related to mourning. The book uses clinical examples of people living in a state of liminality or ongoing melancholia. The authors reflect…

    Paperback – 2016-04-28
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  • The Dissociative Mind in Psychoanalysis

    Understanding and Working With Trauma

    Edited by Elizabeth Howell, Sheldon Itzkowitz

    The Dissociative Mind in Psychoanalysis: Understanding and Working With Trauma is an invaluable and cutting edge resource providing the current theory, practice, and research on trauma and dissociation within psychoanalysis. Elizabeth Howell and Sheldon Itzkowitz bring together experts in the field…

    Paperback – 2016-02-16
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  • Immigration in Psychoanalysis

    Locating Ourselves

    Edited by Julia Beltsiou

    Immigration in Psychoanalysis: Locating Ourselves presents a unique approach to understanding the varied and multi-layered experience of immigration, exploring how social, cultural, political, and historical contexts shape the psychological experience of immigration, and with it the encounter…

    Paperback – 2015-12-24
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  • Conservative and Radical Perspectives on Psychoanalytic Knowledge

    The Fascinated and the Disenchanted

    By Aner Govrin

    Psychoanalysis really should not exist today. Until a few years ago, most of the evidence suggested that its time was drawing to a close, and yet psychoanalysis demonstrated remarkable resilience in the face of criticism, alongside significant resurgence over the course of the last years. In "…

    Paperback – 2015-11-19
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  • The Enigma of Desire

    Sex, Longing, and Belonging in Psychoanalysis

    By Galit Atlas

    The Enigma of Desire: Sex, Longing and Belonging in Psychoanalysis, introduces new perspectives on desire and longing, in and outside of the analytic relationship. This exciting volume explores the known and unknown, ghosts and demons, sexuality and lust. Galit Atlas discusses the subjects of sex…

    Paperback – 2015-10-20
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  • Freud’s Legacy in the Global Era

    By Carlo Strenger

    Freud’s Legacy in the Global Era presents a radically new perspective on Freud’s relevance today as a forerunner of the contemporary evolutionary neurosciences also steeped in the tradition of humanistic thought. Carlo Strenger shows how globalisation has produced new theoretical, practical and…

    Paperback – 2015-08-24
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  • Relational Treatment of Trauma

    Stories of loss and hope

    By Toni Heineman

    Relational Treatment of Trauma: Stories of loss and hope is the culmination of over 35 years of psychotherapy with children and adults, many of whom have suffered the effects of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse. It addresses a gap in the literature on the treatment of trauma and chronic loss…

    Paperback – 2015-08-03
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  • The Legacy of Sandor Ferenczi

    From ghost to ancestor

    Edited by Adrienne Harris, Steven Kuchuck

    Winner of the 2016 Gradiva Award for Edited Book The Legacy of Sándor Ferenczi, first published in 1993 & edited by Lewis Aron & Adrienne Harris, was one of the first books to examine Ferenczi’s invaluable contributions to psychoanalysis and his continuing influence on contemporary…

    Paperback – 2015-05-05
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  • Somatic Experience in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

    In the expressive language of the living

    By William F Cornell

    The body, of both the patient and the analyst, is increasingly a focus of attention in contemporary psychoanalytic theory and practice, especially from a relational perspective. There is a renewed regard for the understanding of embodied experience and sexuality as essential to human vitality.…

    Paperback – 2015-04-14
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  • Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy Integration

    An evolving synergy

    Edited by Jill Bresler, Karen E. Starr

    Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy Integration traces the history of efforts to integrate psychoanalysis with other psychotherapeutic modalities, beginning with the early analysts, including Ferenczi and Rank, and continuing on to the present day. It explores the potential for integration…

    Paperback – 2015-04-01
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  • Who Is the Dreamer, Who Dreams the Dream?

    A Study of Psychic Presences

    By James S. Grotstein

    In Who Is the Dreamer Who Dreams the Dream? A Study of Psychic Presences, James Grotstein integrates some of his most important work of recent years in addressing fundamental questions of human psychology and spirituality. He explores two quintessential and interrelated psychoanalytic problems: the…

    Paperback – 2014-12-22
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  • The Healer's Bent

    Solitude and Dialogue in the Clinical Encounter

    By James McLaughlin

    Over the course of a 50-year career, James T. McLaughlin has sought to open the playing field of psychoanalytic exploration by treating unconscious processes as the very material from which we fashion meaningful lives. His unique, iconoclastic perspective, which challenged the conventions of his…

    Paperback – 2014-12-22
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  • Minding Spirituality

    By Randall Lehmann Sorenson

    In Minding Spirituality, Randall Sorenson, a clinical psychoanalyst, "invites us to take an interest in our patients' spirituality that is respectful but not diffident, curious but not reductionistic, welcoming but not indoctrinating." Out of this invitation emerges a fascinating and broadening…

    Paperback – 2014-12-01
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  • Adolescent Identities

    A Collection of Readings

    Edited by Deborah L. Browning

    Adolescent Identities draws the reader into the inner world of the adolescent to examine the process of identity formation through the various lenses of history, anthropology, sociology, psychology, and psychoanalysis. The volume reveals there is no single "normal" adolescent, nor is there a…

    Paperback – 2014-09-11
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  • September 11

    Trauma and Human Bonds

    Edited by Susan Coates, Jane Rosenthal, Daniel Schechter

    Drawing on research from a variety of domains - clinical studies of trauma, developmental psychopathology, interpersonal psychobiology, epidemiology, and social policy - September 11: Trauma and Human Bonds addresses especially the fundamental relationship of human bonds to trauma and underscores…

    Paperback – 2014-09-11
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  • The Collapse of the Self and Its Therapeutic Restoration

    By Rochelle G. K. Kainer

    The Collapse of the Self and Its Therapeutic Restoration is a rich and clinically detailed account of the therapeutic restoration of the self, and speaks to the healing process for analysts themselves that follows from Rochelle Kainer's sensitive integration of heretofore dissociated realms of…

    Paperback – 2014-09-11
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  • Sexuality, Intimacy, Power

    By Muriel Dimen

    Can contemporary psychoanalysis tell us anything about sexuality that is new and clinically meaningful?  It most certainly can, answers Muriel Dimen in Sexuality, Intimacy, Power, a compelling attempt to revivify Freud's core interest, in "sexual impulses in the ordinary sense of the term."…

    Paperback – 2014-09-11
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  • The Designed Self

    Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Identities

    By Carlo Strenger

    What can contemporary psychoanalysis bring to the understanding of Generation X, a cohort for whom the trivialization of a dizzying array of possible experiences teamed with the pressure to lead spectacular lives often leads to diffuse feelings of confusion, depression, and disorientation. …

    Paperback – 2014-09-11
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  • Bodies In Treatment

    The Unspoken Dimension

    Edited by Frances Sommer Anderson

    Bodies in Treatment is a challenging volume that brings into conceptual focus an "unspoken dimension" of clinical work - the body and nonverbal communication - that has long occupied the shadowy realm of tacit knowledge. By bringing visceral, sensory, and imagistic modes of emotional processing to…

    Paperback – 2014-09-11
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  • Looking for Ground

    Countertransference and the Problem of Value in Psychoanalysis

    By Peter G. M. Carnochan

    Despite a half-century of literature documenting the experience and meanings of countertransference in analytic practice, the concept remains a source of controversy. For Peter Carnochan, this can be addressed only by revisiting historical, epistemological, and moral issues intrinsic to the…

    Paperback – 2014-09-11
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  • Building Bridges

    The Negotiation of Paradox in Psychoanalysis

    By Stuart A. Pizer

    In Building Bridges, Stuart A. Pizer gives much-needed recognition to the central role of negotiation in the analytic relationship and in the therapeutic process. Building on a Winnicottian perspective that comprehends paradox as the condition for preserving an intrapsychic and relational "…

    Paperback – 2014-09-11
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  • Fairbairn, Then and Now

    Edited by Neil J. Skolnick, David E. Scharff

    W. R. D. Fairbairn was both a precursor and an architect of revolutionary change in psychoanalysis.  Through a handful of tightly reasoned papers written in the 1940s and 1950s, Fairbairn emerged as an incisive, albeit relatively obscure, voice in the wilderness, at considerable remove from…

    Paperback – 2014-08-12
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  • Objects of Hope

    Exploring Possibility and Limit in Psychoanalysis

    By Steven H. Cooper

    Despite the importance of the concept of hope in human affairs, psychoanalysts have long had difficulty accepting responsibility for the manner in which their various interpretive orientations and explanations of therapeutic action express their own hopes for their patients.  In Objects of…

    Paperback – 2014-06-09
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  • Unconscious Fantasies and the Relational World

    By Danielle Knafo, Kenneth Feiner

    What is the role of unconscious fantasies in psychological development, in psychopathology, and in the arts?   In Unconscious Fantasies and the Relational World, Danielle Knafo and Kenneth Feiner return to these interlinked questions with a specific goal in mind:  a contemporary…

    Paperback – 2014-06-09
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  • Comparative-Integrative Psychoanalysis

    A Relational Perspective for the Discipline's Second Century

    By Brent Willock

    Finalist for the 2007 Goethe Award for Psychoanalytic Scholarship!  This exceptionally practical and insightful new text explores the emerging field of comparative-integrative psychoanalysis. It provides an invaluable framework for approaching the currently fractious state of the…

    Paperback – 2014-06-09
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