De-idealizing relational Theory attempts to rectify this for the relational field. We're all invested in aspects of what we think and what we do; at best, we examine some, but never all of our assumptions and ideas. There are a range of ways in which our authors took up that challenge. Across theoretical divides, psychoanalytic writers and clinicians have too often responded to criticism with defensiveness rather than reflectivity.
De-Idealizing Relational Theory Relational Perspectives Book Series #ad - Each chapter critically assesses and examines aspects of relational theory and technique, considers its current state and its relations to other psychoanalytic approaches. Yet within the field, psychoanalysts haven’t sufficiently utilized their own methodology or subjected their own preferred approaches to systematic and critical self-examination.
To do so requires that we move beyond our own assumptions and deeply held beliefs about what moves the treatment process and how we can best function within it. Self-examination and self-critique: for psychoanalytic patients, this is the conduit to growth. To step aside from ourselves, to question the assumed, to take the critiques of others seriously, demands more than an absence of defensiveness.
Decentering Relational Theory Relational Perspectives Book SeriesRoutledge #ad - Our authors took up this challenge in different ways. Self-critique was the focus of De-Idealizing Relational Theory. The kinds of comparisons they were asked to make were challenging. Like our authors in de-idealizing, writers who contributed to Decentering were asked to move beyond their own perspective without stereotyping alternate perspectives.
Decentering relational theory pushes critique in a different direction by explicitly engaging the questions of theoretical and clinical overlap – and lack thereof – with writers from other psychoanalytic orientations. Whether to locate relational thought in a broader theoretical envelope, make links to other theories, address critiques leveled at us, or push relational thinking forward, our contributors thought outside the box.
Decentering Relational Theory Relational Perspectives Book Series #ad - We are grateful to them for having taken up this challenge. Instead, they seek to expand our understanding of the convergences and divergences between different relational perspectives and those of other theories. It addresses issues of influence, both bidirectional and unidimensional. Decentering relational theory: A Comparative Critique invites relational theorists to contemplate the influence, overlaps, and relationship between relational theory and other perspectives.
. Decentering relational Theory: A Comparative Critique will appeal to psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists across the theoretical spectrum. In part, this comparison involves critique, but in part, it does not.
The Infinity of the Unsaid Psychoanalysis in a New Key Book SeriesRoutledge #ad - The infinity of the unsaid offers an expansion of the theory of unformulated experience that has important implications for clinical thinking and practice; it will be of great interest to psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists across all schools of thought. Using new concepts of the "acceptance" and "use" of experience that "feels like me, " Stern argues for a wider conception of "meaningfulness.
Some formulated experience is verbal "articulation", but other formulations are nonverbal "realization". The theory of unformulated experience is an interpersonal/relational conception of unconscious process. Demonstrating how this can be so is at the heart of this book. In the past, the formulation of experience was most commonly understood as verbal articulation.
The Infinity of the Unsaid Psychoanalysis in a New Key Book Series #ad - That was the perspective Donnel B. Stern then goes on to house this entire set of ideas in the commodious conception of language offered by Charles Taylor, Gadamer, and Merleau-Ponty. The idea is that unconscious content is not fully formed, non-ideational, merely awaiting discovery, but is instead better understood as potential experience―a vaguely organized, global, primitive, affective state.
Stern took in 1997 in his first book, Unformulated Experience: From Dissociation to Imagination in Psychoanalysis. In this new book, stern recognizes that we need to theorize the formulation of nonverbal experience, as well.
The Unobtrusive Relational Analyst Relational Perspectives Book SeriesRoutledge #ad - For the unobtrusive relational analyst, the world and idiom of the patient becomes the defining signature of the clinical interaction and process. Being known and companioned in these areas of deep pain, shame and fragmentation is the foundation on which psychoanalytic transformation and healing rests. In a series of illuminating chapters that include vivid examples drawn from his work with individuals and with groups, Robert Grossmark illustrates the work of the unobtrusive relational analyst.
Rather than seeking to bring patients into greater dialogic relatedness, the analyst companions the patient in the flow of enactive engagement and into the damaged and constrained landscapes of their inner worlds. Both the classical stance of neutrality and abstinence and a contemporary relational approach that works with mutuality and intersubjectivity, can often ask too much of patients.
The Unobtrusive Relational Analyst Relational Perspectives Book Series #ad - Psychoanalysts increasingly find themselves working with patients and states that are not amenable to verbal and dialogic engagement. He reconfigures the role of action and enactment in psychoanalysis and group-analysis, and expands the understanding of the analyst’s subjectivity to embrace receptivity, surrender and companioning.
Offering fresh concepts regarding therapeutic action and psychoanalytic engagement, The Unobtrusive Relational Analyst will be of great interest to all psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists. The unobtrusive relational analyst introduces a new psychoanalytic register for working with such patients and states, involving a present and engaged analyst who is unobtrusive to the unfolding of the patient’s inner world and the flow of mutual enactments.
Such patients are challenging for a psychoanalytic approach that assumes that the patient relates in the verbal realm and is capable of reflective function.
Dramatic Dialogue Relational Perspectives Book SeriesRoutledge #ad - This model invites the patient’s many self-states and the numerous versions of the therapist’s self onto the analytic stage to dream a mutual dream and live together the past and the future, as they appear in the present moment. The term dramatic dialogue originated in Ferenczi’s clinical innovations and refers to the patient and therapist dramatizing and dreaming-up the full range of their multiple selves.
The book provides a rich description of contemporary clinical practice, illustrated with numerous clinical tales and detailed examination of clinical moments. Inspired by bion’s concept of "becoming-at-one" and "at-one-ment, " the authors call for a return of the soul or spirit to psychoanalysis and the generative use of the analyst’s subjectivity, including a passionate use of mind, body and soul in the pursuit of psychoanalytic truth.
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. The book brings together the relational emphasis on multiple self-states and enactment with the Bionian conceptions of reverie and dreaming-up the patient.
Dramatic Dialogue Relational Perspectives Book Series #ad - Dramatic dialogue will be of great interest to all psychoanalysts and psychotherapists. Along with atlas and aron, dissociation, which the authors elaborate and enact, readers will become immersed in a Dramatic Dialogue, waking dreaming, generative enactment, using the contemporary language of multiple self-states, and the prospective function.
Beyond Doer and Done toRoutledge #ad - Routledge. In beyond doer and done to, author of the path-breaking Bonds of Love, Jessica Benjamin, expands her theory of mutual recognition and its breakdown into the complementarity of "doer and done to. Her innovative theory charts the growth of the Third in early development through the movement between recognition and breakdown, and shows how it parallels the enactments in the psychoanalytic relationship.
Benjamin’s unique formulations of intersubjectivity make essential reading for both psychoanalytic therapists and theorists in the humanities and social sciences. Benjamin’s recognition theory illuminates the radical potential of acknowledgment in healing both individual and social trauma, in creating relational repair in the transformational space of thirdness.
Core Competencies of Relational Psychoanalysis Relational Perspectives Book SeriesRoutledge #ad - Relevant for graduate students and novice therapists as well as experienced clinicians, presents analytic technique with as clear a frame and purpose as evidenced based models, supervisors, and professors, this textbook offers a foundational curriculum for the study of Relational Psychoanalysis, and serves as a gateway into further study in Relational Psychoanalyses.
A critique of the model is offered, issues of race and culture and gender and sexuality are addressed, as well as current research on neurobiology and its impact in the development of the model. Barsness offers his own research on technique and grounds these methods with superb contributions from several master clinicians, expanding the seven primary competencies: therapeutic intent, therapeutic stance/attitude; analytic listening/attunement; working within the relational dynamic, the use of patterning and linking; the importance of working through the inevitable enactments and ruptures inherent in the work; and the use of courageous speech through disciplined spontaneity.
In addition, this book presents a history of relational Psychoanalysis, offers a study on the efficacy of Relational Psychoanalysis, proposes a new relational ethic and attends to the the importance of self-care in working within the intensity of such a model. Core competencies of relational psychoanalysis provides a concise and clearly presented handbook for those who wish to study, and teach the core competencies of Relational Psychoanalysis, practice, offering primary skills in a straightforward and useable format.
Core Competencies of Relational Psychoanalysis Relational Perspectives Book Series #ad - The reader will find the writings easy to understand and accessible, and immediately applicable within the therapeutic setting. The practical emphasis of this text will also offer non-analytic clinicians a window into the mind of the analyst, while increasing the settings and populations in which this model can be applied and facilitate integration with other therapeutic orientations.
The Power of PhenomenologyRoutledge #ad - The power of phenomenology took form when the two authors realized that a single theme has run through the course of their almost half-century-long collaboration like a red thread―namely, the power of phenomenological inquiry and understanding in a wide range of contexts. The contributions are followed, by a dialogue between the authors, one or two at a time, illustrating the dialectical process of their long collaboration.
Routledge. The unusual format seeks to bring the phenomenology of their collaborative efforts to life for the reader. This book demonstrates how they have experienced the power of phenomenology in their therapeutic work with patients, especially those struggling with horrific trauma; in their encounters with psychological and philosophical theories; and in their efforts to comprehend destructive ideologies and the collective traumas that give rise to them.
The Power of Phenomenology #ad - The power of Phenomenology presents the trajectory of this work. The power of phenomenology will appeal to psychoanalysts, psychoanalytic psychotherapists and scholars of philosophy. Each chapter begins with a contribution written by one or both authors, extending the power of phenomenological inquiry to one or more of these diverse contexts.
Relationships in Development Relational Perspectives Book SeriesRoutledge #ad - Stephen seligman offers engaging examples of infant-parent interactions as well as of psychotherapeutic process. Relationships in development offers a new integration of ideas that updates established psychoanalytic models in a new context: "Relational-developmental psychoanalysis. Seligman integrates four crucial domains: infancy Research, including attachment theory and research Developmental Psychoanalysis Relational/intersubjective Psychoanalysis Classical Freudian, Kleinian, and Object Relations theories including Winnicott.
Routledge. The fundamental issues and implications presented will also be of great importance to the wider psychodynamic and psychotherapeutic communities. 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 Relational Perspectives Book Series #ad - . Relationships in development examines the practical implications for dynamic psychotherapy with both adults and children, especially following trauma. These different fields are taken together to offer an open and flexible approach to psychodynamic therapy with a variety of patients in different socioeconomic and cultural situations.
An array of specific sources are included: developmental neuroscience, trauma and infant-parent interaction, attachment theory and research, studies of emotion, and nonlinear dynamic systems theories. Although new psychoanalytic approaches are featured, Winnicottian, the classical theories are not neglected, including the Freudian, Kleinian, and Ego Psychology orientations.
Seligman links current knowledge about early experiences and how they shape later development with the traditional psychoanalytic attention to the irrational, unconscious, turbulent, and unknowable aspects of the mind and human interaction.
Further Developments in Interpersonal Psychoanalysis, 1980s-2010s Psychoanalysis in a New Key Book SeriesRoutledge #ad - The articles selected by the editors for this second book extend the theme of transference and countertransference that was the throughline of the first book, lending even greater significance in clinical practice to the analyst’s subjectivity and its relation to the patient’s mind. This book contains those written by the third and fourth generation of interpersonal psychoanalysts.
North american psychoanalysis has long been deeply influenced and substantially changed by clinical and theoretical perspectives first introduced by interpersonal psychoanalysis. Further developments in interpersonal Psychoanalysis, 1980s-2010s is the second collection of selected classic articles of the modern era by psychoanalysts identified with the interpersonal perspective.
For those who already know the literature, the book will be useful in placing a selection of classic interpersonal articles and their writers in key historical context. One chapter after another in this book reveal ways that the analyst’s experience can lead to a greater appreciation of the patient’s unconscious experience.
Further Developments in Interpersonal Psychoanalysis, 1980s-2010s Psychoanalysis in a New Key Book Series #ad - Routledge. Yet even today, despite its origin in the 1930s, many otherwise well-read psychoanalysts and psychotherapists are not well informed about the field. The first, the interpersonal perspective in Psychoanalysis, 1960s-1990s presented articles by second and third generation interpersonalists. As in the first, levenson, mitchell, hirsch, kuriloff, fiscalini, buechler, Stern, and Wolstein; these writers are joined here by Blechner, Bonovitz, the articles in this second book include classic contributions from Bromberg, Held-Weiss, Greenberg, and White.
Along with its companion work, this book provides a superb starting point for those who are not as familiar with interpersonal psychoanalysis as they might be.
Meaning and MelancholiaRoutledge #ad - Bollas argues that this trend has culminated in the current rise of psychophobia; a fear of the mind and a rejection of depth psychologies that has paved the way for what he sees as hate based solutions to world problems, such as the victory of Trump in America and Brexit in the United Kingdom. He contends that recent decades have seen rapid and significant transformations in how we define our ‘selves’, as a new emphasis on instant connectedness has come to replace reflectiveness and introspection.
. Meaning and melancholia: life in the Age of Bewilderment sees Christopher Bollas apply his creative and innovative psychoanalytic thinking to various contemporary social, cultural and political themes. This remarkable, social policy and cultural studies, thought-provoking book will appeal to anyone interested in politics, and in the gaining of insight into the ongoing challenges faced by the Western democracies and the global community.
Meaning and Melancholia #ad - He maintains that, if we are to counter the threat to democracy posed by these changes and refind a more balanced concept of the self within society, we must put psychological insight at the heart of a new kind of analysis of culture and society. Routledge. The author traces shifts in psychological forces and ‘frames of mind’, that have resulted in a crucial ‘intellectual climate change’.
This book offers an incisive exploration of powerful trends within, and between, nations in the West over the past two hundred years.