Psychoanalysis in a New Key Book Series

Series Editor: Donnel B. Stern

When music is played in a new key, the melody does not change, but the notes that make up the composition do: change in the context of continuity, continuity that perseveres through change. Psychoanalysis in a New Key publishes books that share the aims psychoanalysts have always had, but that approach them differently. The books in the series are not expected to advance any particular theoretical agenda, although to this date most have been written by analysts from the Interpersonal and Relational orientations.

The most important contribution of a psychoanalytic book is the communication of something that nudges the reader’s grasp of clinical theory and practice in an unexpected direction. Psychoanalysis in a New Key creates a deliberate focus on innovative and unsettling clinical thinking. Because that kind of thinking is encouraged by exploration of the sometimes surprising contributions to psychoanalysis of ideas and findings from other fields, Psychoanalysis in a New Key particularly encourages interdisciplinary studies. Books in the series have married psychoanalysis with dissociation, trauma theory, sociology, and criminology. The series is open to the consideration of studies examining the relationship between psychoanalysis and any other field – for instance, biology, literary and art criticism, philosophy, systems theory, anthropology, and political theory.

But innovation also takes place within the boundaries of psychoanalysis, and Psychoanalysis in a New Key therefore also presents work that reformulates thought and practice without leaving the precincts of the field. Books in the series focus, for example, on the significance of personal values in psychoanalytic practice, on the complex interrelationship between the analyst’s clinical work and personal life, on the consequences for the clinical situation when patient and analyst are from different cultures, and on the need for psychoanalysts to accept the degree to which they knowingly satisfy their own wishes during treatment hours, often to the patient’s detriment.


When music is played in a new key, the melody does not change, but the notes that make up the composition do: change in the context of continuity, continuity that perseveres through change. Psychoanalysis in a New Key publishes books that share the aims psychoanalysts have always had, but that approach them differently. The books in the series are not expected to advance any particular theoretical agenda, although to this date most have been written by analysts from the Interpersonal and Relational orientations.

The most important contribution of a psychoanalytic book is the communication of something that nudges the reader’s grasp of clinical theory and practice in an unexpected direction. Psychoanalysis in a New Key creates a deliberate focus on innovative and unsettling clinical thinking. Because that kind of thinking is encouraged by exploration of the sometimes surprising contributions to psychoanalysis of ideas and findings from other fields, Psychoanalysis in a New Key particularly encourages interdisciplinary studies. Books in the series have married psychoanalysis with dissociation, trauma theory, sociology, and criminology. The series is open to the consideration of studies examining the relationship between psychoanalysis and any other field – for instance, biology, literary and art criticism, philosophy, systems theory, anthropology, and political theory.

But innovation also takes place within the boundaries of psychoanalysis, and Psychoanalysis in a New Key therefore also presents work that reformulates thought and practice without leaving the precincts of the field. Books in the series focus, for example, on the significance of personal values in psychoanalytic practice, on the complex interrelationship between the analyst’s clinical work and personal life, on the consequences for the clinical situation when patient and analyst are from different cultures, and on the need for psychoanalysts to accept the degree to which they knowingly satisfy their own wishes during treatment hours, often to the patient’s detriment.

  • Entering Night Country

    Psychoanalytic Reflections on Loss and Resilience

    By Stephanie Brody

    None of us will escape the experience of personal loss, illness, aging, or mortality. Yet, psychoanalysis seems to shy away from a discussion of these core human experiences. Existential vulnerability is painful and we all avoid this awareness in different ways. However, when analysts fail to…

    Paperback – 2015-12-15 
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  • On the Lyricism of the Mind

    Psychoanalysis and literature

    By Dana Amir

    On the Lyricism of the Mind: Psychoanalysis and Literature explores the lyrical dimension (or the lyricism) of the psychic space. It is not presented as an artistic disposition, but rather as a universal psychic quality which enables the recovery and recuperation of the self. The specific nature of…

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  • Relational Freedom

    Emergent Properties of the Interpersonal Field

    By Donnel B. Stern

    Relational Freedom: Emergent Properties of the Interpersonal Field addresses the interpersonal field in clinical psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, especially the emergent qualities of the field. The book builds on the foundation of unformulated experience, dissociation, and enactment defined and…

    Paperback – 2015-06-16
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  • Psychoanalysis and the Artistic Endeavor

    Conversations with literary and visual artists

    By Lois Oppenheim

    Psychoanalysis and the Artistic Endeavor offers an intriguing window onto the creative thinking of several well-known and highly creative individuals. Internationally renowned writers, painters, choreographers, and others converse with the author about their work and how it has been informed by…

    Paperback – 2015-01-29
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  • Micro-trauma

    A Psychoanalytic Understanding of Cumulative Psychic Injury

    By Margaret Crastnopol

    Micro-trauma: A psychoanalytic understanding of cumulative psychic injury explores the "micro-traumatic" or small, subtle psychic hurts that build up to undermine a person’s sense of self-worth, skewing his or her character and compromising his or her relatedness to others. These injuries amount to…

    Paperback – 2015-01-22
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  • Understanding and Treating Patients in Clinical Psychoanalysis

    Lessons from Literature

    By Sandra Buechler

    Understanding and Treating Patients in Clinical Psychoanalysis: Lessons from Literature describes the problematic ways people learn to cope with life’s fundamental challenges, such as maintaining self-esteem, bearing loss, and growing old. People tend to deal with the challenges of being human in…

    Paperback – 2014-10-23
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  • The Interpersonal Tradition

    The origins of psychoanalytic subjectivity

    By Irwin Hirsch

    In The Interpersonal Tradition: The Origins of Psychoanalytic Subjectivity, Irwin Hirsch offers an overview of psychoanalytic history and in particular the evolution of Interpersonal thinking, which has become central to much contemporary psychoanalytic theory and practice. This book of Hirsch’s…

    Paperback – 2014-09-24
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  • What Do Mothers Want?

    Developmental Perspectives, Clinical Challenges

    Edited by Sheila F. Brown

    What do mothers want and need from their parenting partners, their extended families, their friends, colleagues, and communities? And what can mental health professionals do to help them meet their daunting responsibilities in the contemporary world? The talented contributors to What Do Mothers…

    Paperback – 2014-09-11
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  • Body-States:Interpersonal and Relational Perspectives on the Treatment of Eating Disorders

    Edited by Jean Petrucelli

    In this edited volume, Jean Petrucelli brings together the work of talented clinicians and researchers steeped in working with eating disordered patients for the past 10 to 35 years. Eating disorders are about body-states and their relational meanings. The split of mindbody functioning is enacted…

    Paperback – 2014-08-27
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  • The One and the Many

    Relational Approaches to Group Psychotherapy

    Edited by Robert Grossmark, Fred Wright

    The One and the Many: Relational Approaches to Group Psychotherapy applies advances in relational psychoanalysis to the theory and practice of group psychotherapy. In this volume Robert Grossmark and Fred Wright bring together leading writers in the group psychotherapy field, both psychoanalysts…

    Paperback – 2014-07-23
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  • Prologue to Violence

    Child Abuse, Dissociation, and Crime

    By Abby Stein

    Despite mounting references to the "transgenerational transmission of violence," we still lack a compelling understanding of the linkage between the interpersonal violence of early life and the criminal violence of adulthood. In Prologue to Violence, Abby Stein draws on the gripping narratives of…

    Paperback – 2014-06-09
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  • Wounded By Reality

    Understanding and Treating Adult Onset Trauma

    By Ghislaine Boulanger

    The culmination of three decades of studying and treating survivors of adult onset trauma, Wounded by Reality is the first systematic attempt to differentiate adult onset trauma from childhood trauma, with which it is frequently confused. When catastrophic events overtake adult lives, they often…

    Paperback – 2014-06-09
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  • Mended by the Muse: Creative Transformations of Trauma

    By Sophia Richman

    Mended by the Muse: Creative Transformations of Trauma is an in-depth exploration of the relationship between trauma and creativity. It is about art in the service of healing, mourning, and memorialization. This book addresses the questions of how artistic expression facilitates the healing process…

    Paperback – 2014-04-07
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  • Cupid's Knife: Women's Anger and Agency in Violent Relationships

    By Abby Stein

    Much domestic violence literature has called attention to the fact that women's material needs for shelter, daycare, employment, and legal protection may render them helpless to leave toxic relationships. Yet, even with the provision of these, many women remain tightly wound in their abusers'…

    Paperback – 2013-11-12
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  • Contemporary Psychoanalysis and the Legacy of the Third Reich

    History, Memory, Tradition

    By Emily A. Kuriloff

    For most of the twentieth century, Jewish and/or politically leftist European psychoanalysts rarely linked their personal trauma history to their professional lives, for they hoped their theory—their Truth—would transcend subjectivity and achieve a universality not unlike the advances in the "hard"…

    Paperback – 2013-08-06
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  • Love and Loss in Life and in Treatment

    By Linda B. Sherby

    Have you ever wondered what a therapist really thinks? Have you ever wondered if a therapist truly cares about her patients? Have you tried to imagine the unimaginable, the loss of the person most dear to you? Is it true that `tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all? `…

    Paperback – 2013-03-27
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  • Imagination from Fantasy to Delusion

    By Lois Oppenheim

    In Imagination from Fantasy to Delusion, Lois Oppenheim illustrates the enhancement of self that creativity affords, the relationship of imagination to the self as agent. The premise of this book is twofold: First, that the imaginary is real. Where it differs from what we commonly take to be…

    Paperback – 2012-07-03
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  • Still Practicing

    The Heartaches and Joys of a Clinical Career

    By Sandra Buechler

    "Still practicing" has several meanings. Still practicing suggests that the balance of heartaches and joys must not deter us from pursuing a clinical practice. At the same time, still practicing suggests that for the clinician "practice" never "makes perfect." We continue to refine our clinical…

    Paperback – 2012-04-06
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  • Dancing with the Unconscious

    The Art of Psychoanalysis and the Psychoanalysis of Art

    By Danielle Knafo

    In writing and lecturing over the past two decades on the relationship between psychoanalysis and art, Danielle Knafo has demonstrated the many ways in which these two disciplines inform and illuminate each other. This book continues that discussion, emphasizing how the creative process in…

    Paperback – 2012-03-05
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  • Money Talks

    in Therapy, Society, and Life

    Edited by Brenda Berger, Stephanie Newman

    Sometimes referred to as "the last taboo," money has remained something of a secret within psychoanalysis. Ironically, while it is an ingredient in almost every encounter between analyst and patient, the analyst's personal feelings about money are rarely discussed openly or in any great…

    Paperback – 2011-07-28
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  • Partners in Thought

    Working with Unformulated Experience, Dissociation, and Enactment

    By Donnel B. Stern

    Building on the innovative work of Unformulated Experience, Donnel B. Stern continues his exploration of the creation of meaning in clinical psychoanalysis with Partners in Thought. The chapters in this fascinating book are undergirded by the concept that the meanings which arise from…

    Paperback – 2009-08-21
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  • Sex Changes

    Transformations in Society and Psychoanalysis

    By Mark J. Blechner

    The last half-century has seen enormous changes in society’s attitude toward sexuality. In the 1950s, homosexuals in the United States were routinely arrested; today, homosexual activity between consenting adults is legal in every state, with same-sex marriage legal in Massachusetts and …

    Paperback – 2009-02-20
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  • Heterosexual Masculinities

    Contemporary Perspectives from Psychoanalytic Gender Theory

    Edited by Bruce Reis, Robert Grossmark

    In recent years there have been substantial changes in approaches to how genders are made and what functions genders fulfill. Most of the scholarly focus in this area has been in the areas of feminist, gay, and lesbian studies, and heterosexual masculinity - which tended to be defined by lack and…

    Paperback – 2009-02-17
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  • The Consulting Room and Beyond

    Psychoanalytic Work and Its Reverberations in the Analyst's Life

    By Therese Ragen

    The Consulting Room and Beyond is not a typical example of clinical writing in the field of psychoanalysis. Therese Ragen, pushing the boundaries of the genre, thoughtfully explores in a very immediate way the intersubjective nature of psychoanalysis, particularly looking at the role of the…

    Paperback – 2008-09-10
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  • Making a Difference in Patients' Lives

    Emotional Experience in the Therapeutic Setting

    By Sandra Buechler

    Winner of the 2009 Gradiva Award for Outstanding Psychoanalytic Publication! Within the title of her book, Making a Difference in Patients' Lives, Sandra Buechler echoes the hope of all clinicians.  But, she counters, experience soon convinces most of us that insight, on its own…

    Paperback – 2008-04-24
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  • Coasting in the Countertransference

    Conflicts of Self Interest between Analyst and Patient

    By Irwin Hirsch

    Winner of the 2009 Goethe Award for Psychoanalytic Scholarship! Irwin Hirsch, author of Coasting in the Countertransference, asserts that countertransference experience always has the potential to be used productively to benefit patients. However, he also observes that it…

    Paperback – 2008-02-12
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  • Prelogical Experience

    An Inquiry into Dreams and Other Creative Processes

    By Edward S. Tauber, Maurice R. Green

    One of the foundational texts of interpersonal psychoanalysis, Prelogical Experience (1959) is a pioneering attempt to elaborate an interpersonal theory of personality that encompasses the nonpropositional, nonverbal dimension of human experience.  Prelogical processes, the authors hold,…

    Paperback – 2005-11-29
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  • The Fallacy of Understanding & The Ambiguity of Change

    By Edgar Levenson

    In The Fallacy of Understanding (1972) and The Ambiguity of Change (1983), Edgar Levenson elaborated the many ways in which the psychoanalyst and the patient interact - unconsciously, continuously, inevitably.  For Levenson, it was impossible for the analyst not to interact with the patient,…

    Paperback – 2005-10-14
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  • Clinical Values

    Emotions That Guide Psychoanalytic Treatment

    By Sandra Buechler

    In this refreshingly honest and open book, Sandra Buechler looks at therapeutic process issues from the standpoint of the human qualities and human resourcefulness that the therapist brings to each clinical encounter.  Her concern is with the clinical values that shape the psychoanalytically…

    Paperback – 2004-07-13
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