The Intimate Room

Theory and Technique of the Analytic Field

By Giuseppe Civitarese

© 2010 – Routledge

240 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

The Intimate Room provides an original exploration of psychoanalytic thought, showing how contemporary psychoanalysis seeks to answer the challenges raised by today’s post-modern culture.

Offering a deeply personal and insightful reading of Bion, this book acts as a stimulating guide to the development of the theory of the analytic field and both its technical and clinical implications. As such topics of discussion include:

  • the concept of the internal setting
  • the rhetoric of interpretation
  • the 'subversive' notion of Nachträglichkeit
  • the role played by characters in analytic discourse
  • the bi-personal field as virtual reality
  • new concepts of transference.

Allowing the reader to engage with the inner space of analysis, The Intimate Room will be of interest to psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and all those with an interest in the field of psychoanalysis. It will also be a useful tool in psychoanalytic and psychotherapeutic work on a day-to-day basis.

Reviews

"Not many authors would be able to negotiate a path through this complex, progressively expanding universe while at the same time maintaining a holographic and multidimensional vision of psychoanalysis. Giuseppe Civitarese is surely one of the few – the very few – who have this capability." - Antonino Ferro, From the Foreword

Table of Contents

Ferro, Foreword. Fire at the Theatre: (Un)reality of/in the Transference and Interpretation. The Symbiotic Bond and the Setting. Metalepsis or the Rhetoric of Transference Interpretation. Immersion versus Interactivity and the Analytic Field. Nachträglichkeit. Transference, USA. Difference (a certain) Identity Transference. More Affects… More Eyes: On Postmodern Issues and Deconstruction(s) in Analysis.

About the Author

Giuseppe Civitarese is a psychiatrist with a PhD in psychiatry and relational sciences. He is a Full Member of the Italian Psychoanalytic Society (SPI) and of the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA). He lives and works in Pavia, Italy.

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:
PSY026000
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis