Relational Perspectives Book Series

Series Editors: Lewis Aron, Adrienne Harris

Associate Editors: Steven Kuchuck, Eyal Rozmarin

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.

  • 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…

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  • The Discovery of the Self

    A study in psychological care

    By Peter L. Rudnytsky

    Paperback – 2016-01-31 
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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 – 2016-01-23 
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  • Conservative and Radical Perspectives on Psychoanalytic Knowledge

    The Fascinated and the Disenchanted

    By Aner Govrin

    Psychoanalysis flourishes in the development of its theories and has become an enriched and multifaceted discipline, now enjoying a particularly exciting period of intellectual and clinical resurgence due to the development of various novel theories about the human mind. In Conservative and Radical…

    Paperback – 2015-11-17 
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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 – 2015-10-30 
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  • The Cut and the Building of Psychoanalysis: Volume II

    Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi

    By Carlo Bonomi

    This volume considers Freud’s psychoanalytic work alongside social and medical practices in the late 19th century, exploring the role of women and femininity in relation to Freud’s self-analysis. Drawing on his work with Emma Eckstein, as well as comparing and contrasting it with the theory and…

    Hardback – 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 – 2015-08-21
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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

    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 clinicians and scholars. Building on that pioneering…

    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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  • 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…

    Hardback – 2015-02-23
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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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  • Getting From Here to There

    Analytic Love, Analytic Process

    By Sheldon Bach

    It is clinical work with the most difficult patients - those with severe narcissistic, sadomasochistic, and borderline disorders - that poses the greatest challenge to the therapist's guiding assumptions about clinical process; indeed, such work often leads therapists to question beliefs and…

    Paperback – 2014-06-09
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  • Traumatic Ruptures: Abandonment and Betrayal in the Analytic Relationship

    Edited by Robin A. Deutsch

    For much of its history, psychoanalysis has been strangely silent about sudden ruptures in the analytic relationship and their immediate and far-reaching effects for those involved. Such issues of betrayal and abandonment – the death of an analyst, a patient’s suicide, an ethical violation –…

    Paperback – 2014-05-07
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  • Cyclical Psychodynamics and the Contextual Self

    The Inner World, the Intimate World, and the World of Culture and Society

    By Paul L. Wachtel

    Cyclical Psychodynamics and the Contextual Self articulates in new ways the essential features and most recent extensions of Paul Wachtel's powerfully integrative theory of cyclical psychodynamics. Wachtel is widely regarded as the leading advocate for integrative thinking in personality theory and…

    Paperback – 2014-04-17
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  • A Relational Psychoanalytic Approach to Couples Psychotherapy

    By Philip A. Ringstrom

    Winner of the 2014 Goethe Award for Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Scholarship! A Relational Psychoanalytic Approach to Couples Psychotherapy presents an original model of couples treatment integrating ideas from a host of authors in relational psychoanalysis. It also includes other…

    Paperback – 2014-03-12
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  • The Embodied Analyst

    From Freud and Reich to relationality

    By Jon Sletvold

    The Embodied Analyst brings together the history of embodied analysis found in the work of Freud and Reich and contemporary relational analysis, particularly as influenced by infant research. By integrating the ‘old’ embodied and the ‘new’ relational traditions, the book contributes to a new…

    Paperback – 2014-01-21
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  • The Origins of Attachment

    Infant Research and Adult Treatment

    By Beatrice Beebe, Frank M. Lachmann

    The Origins of Attachment: Infant Research and Adult Treatment addresses the origins of attachment in mother-infant face-to-face communication. New patterns of relational disturbance in infancy are described. These aspects of communication are out of conscious awareness. They provide clinicians…

    Paperback – 2013-11-19
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  • Clinical Implications of the Psychoanalyst’s Life Experience

    When the Personal Becomes Professional

    Edited by Steven Kuchuck

    Clinical Implications of the Psychoanalyst’s Life Experience explores how leaders in the fields of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy address the phenomena of the psychoanalyst’s personal life and psychology. In this edited book, each author describes pivotal childhood and adult life events and…

    Paperback – 2013-11-04
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  • Traumatic Narcissism

    Relational Systems of Subjugation

    By Daniel Shaw

    In this volume, Traumatic Narcissism: Relational Systems of Subjugation, Daniel Shaw presents a way of understanding the traumatic impact of narcissism as it is engendered developmentally, and as it is enacted relationally. Focusing on the dynamics of narcissism in interpersonal relations, Shaw…

    Paperback – 2013-09-17
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  • The Play Within the Play: The Enacted Dimension of Psychoanalytic Process

    By Gil Katz

    In The Play within the Play: The Enacted Dimension of Psychoanalytic Process Gil Katz presents and illustrates the "enacted dimension of psychoanalytic process." He clarifies that enactment is not simply an overt event but an unconscious, continuously evolving, dynamically meaningful process.…

    Paperback – 2013-09-10
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  • A Psychotherapy for the People

    Toward a Progressive Psychoanalysis

    By Lewis Aron, Karen Starr

    How did psychoanalysis come to define itself as being different from psychotherapy? How have racism, homophobia, misogyny and anti-Semitism converged in the creation of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis? Is psychoanalysis psychotherapy? Is psychoanalysis a "Jewish science"? Inspired by the…

    Paperback – 2012-12-03
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  • The Silent Past and the Invisible Present

    Memory, Trauma, and Representation in Psychotherapy

    By Paul Renn

    Drawing on research in the fields of cognitive and developmental psychology, attachment, trauma, and neuroscience, as well as 20 years in forensic and private practice, Paul Renn deftly illustrates the ways in which this research may be used to inform an integrated empirical/hermeneutic model…

    Paperback – 2012-01-20
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  • Individualizing Gender and Sexuality

    Theory and Practice

    By Nancy J. Chodorow

    Nancy Chodorow, in her groundbreaking book The Reproduction of Mothering, quite simply changed the conversation in at least three areas of study: psychoanalysis, women's studies, and sociology. In her latest book, Individualizing Gender and Sexuality, she examines the complexity and…

    Paperback – 2011-10-04
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  • Relational Psychoanalysis, Volume 4

    Expansion of Theory

    Edited by Lewis Aron, Adrienne Harris

    Building on the success and importance of three previous volumes, Relational Psychoanalysis continues to expand and develop the relational turn. Under the keen editorship of Lewis Aron and Adrienne Harris, and comprised of the contributions of many of the leading voices in the relational…

    Paperback – 2011-09-02
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  • Relational Psychoanalysis, Volume 5

    Evolution of Process

    Edited by Lewis Aron, Adrienne Harris

    Building on the success and importance of three previous volumes, Relational Psychoanalysis continues to expand and develop the relational turn. Under the keen editorship of Lewis Aron and Adrienne Harris, and comprised of the contributions of many of the leading voices in the relational…

    Paperback – 2011-09-02
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  • Understanding and Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder

    A Relational Approach

    By Elizabeth F. Howell

    Building on the comprehensive theoretical model of dissociation elegantly developed in The Dissociative Mind, Elizabeth Howell makes another invaluable contribution to the clinical understanding of dissociative states with Understanding and Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder.…

    Paperback – 2011-04-21
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  • With Culture in Mind

    Psychoanalytic Stories

    Edited by Muriel Dimen

    This is a new kind of anthology. More conversation than collection, it locates the psychic and the social in clinical moments illuminating the analyst's struggle to grasp a patient's internal life as voiced through individual political, social, and material contexts. Each chapter is a single…

    Paperback – 2011-04-12
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  • Toward Mutual Recognition

    Relational Psychoanalysis and the Christian Narrative

    By Marie T. Hoffman

    Ever since its nascent days, psychoanalysis has enjoyed an uneasy coexistence with religion. However, in recent decades, many analysts have been more interested in the healing potential of both psychoanalytic and religious experience and have explored how their respective narrative underpinnings…

    Paperback – 2010-12-13
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  • A Disturbance in the Field

    Essays in Transference-Countertransference Engagement

    By Steven H. Cooper

    The field, as Steven Cooper describes it, is comprised of the inextricably related worlds of internalized object relations and interpersonal interaction. Furthermore, the analytic dyad is neither static nor smooth sailing. Eventually, the rigorous work of psychoanalysis will offer a fraught…

    Paperback – 2010-07-19
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  • First Do No Harm

    The Paradoxical Encounters of Psychoanalysis, Warmaking, and Resistance

    Edited by Adrienne Harris, Steven Botticelli

    At the outset of World War I - the "Great War" - Freud supported the Austro-Hungarian Empire for which his sons fought. But the cruel truths of that bloody conflict, wrought on the psyches as much as the bodies of the soldiers returning from the battlefield, caused him to rethink his stance and…

    Paperback – 2010-07-08
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  • Uprooted Minds

    Surviving the Politics of Terror in the Americas

    By Nancy Caro Hollander

    In our post-9/11 environment, our sense of relative security and stability as privileged subjects living in the heart of Empire has been profoundly shaken. Hollander explores the forces that have brought us to this critical juncture, analyzing the role played by the neoliberal economic paradigm and…

    Paperback – 2010-07-01
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  • Good Enough Endings

    Breaks, Interruptions, and Terminations from Contemporary Relational Perspectives

    Edited by Jill Salberg

    In the relational literature, the subject of termination - the ending of an analysis - has received scant attention, and traditional Freudian or ego-psychological criteria are not always enough to assess the readiness to terminate therapy in the coconstructed, intersubjective analytic relationship.…

    Paperback – 2010-03-25
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  • Invasive Objects

    Minds Under Siege

    By Paul Williams

    The "Director" controls Ms. B’s life. He flatters her, beguiles her, derides her. His instructions pervade each aspect of her life, including her analytic sessions, during which he suggests promiscuous and dangerous things for Ms. B to say and do, when he suspects that her isolated state is being…

    Paperback – 2010-01-29
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  • Sabert Basescu

    Selected Papers on Human Nature and Psychoanalysis

    Edited by George Goldstein, Helen Golden

    An influential part of the New York psychoanalytic scene for more than 50 years, Sabert "Sabe" Basescu is regarded as an outstanding analyst and a significant proponent of the integration of existentialism and phenomenology into psychoanalytic theory and practice. Existential themes serve as a…

    Paperback – 2009-12-21
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