This book provides a clear introduction to the main contemporary psychoanalytic theoretical perspectives.  Psychoanalysis is often thought of as an obscure and outdated method, and yet those familiar with it recognize the profound value of psychoanalytic theory and technique. Part of the obscurity may come from psychoanalytic language itself, which is often impenetrable. The complexity of the subject matter has lent itself to a confusion of tongues and yet, at base, psychoanalysis remains an earnest attempt to make sense of and ease human distress. 

Introduction to Contemporary Psychoanalysis seeks to make this rich wealth of information more accessible to clinicians and trainees. Psychoanalytic clinicians from various schools here describe the key ideas that underlie their particular perspective, helping the reader to see how they apply those ideas in their clinical work. Inviting the contributors to speak about their actual practice, rather than merely providing an overview, this book helps the reader to see common threads that run across perspectives, but also to recognize ways in which the different lenses from each of the perspectives inform interventions Through brief vignettes, the reader is offered an experience-near sense of what it might be like to apply those ideas in their own work. The contributors also note the limits or weaknesses of their particular theory, inviting the reader to consider the broader spectrum of these diverse offerings so that the benefits of each might be more visible.

Introduction to Contemporary Psychoanalysis offers readers the richness and diversity of psychoanalytic theory and technique, so that the advantages of each particular lens might be visible and accessible as a further tool in their clinical work. This novel, comparative work will be an essential text for any psychoanalyst or psychoanalytically inclined therapist in training, as well as clinicians and those who teach psychoanalytic theory and technique.

part I|66 pages

Conceptual underpinnings

chapter 1|24 pages

Contemporary Freudian approaches

ByDanielle Knafo, Seymour Moscovitz

chapter 2|20 pages

Jungian approaches to psychotherapy

ByLionel Corbett

chapter 3|20 pages

Lacan and the evolution of Hermes

ByDavid Lichtenstein

part II|45 pages

Object relations

chapter 4|22 pages

A contemporary Kleinian/Bionian perspective

ByMarilyn Charles

chapter 5|21 pages

D. W. Winnicott

Holding, playing and moving toward mutuality
ByJoyce Slochower

part III|24 pages

Building bridges

chapter 6|22 pages

Toward a new Middle Group

Lacan and Winnicott for beginners
ByDeborah Luepnitz

part IV|84 pages

Field theories

chapter 7|20 pages

Psychoanalytic field theory

ByMontana Katz

chapter 8|26 pages

Self-experience within intersubjectivity

Two clinicians’ use of self psychology
ByJeffrey Halpern, Sharone Ornstein

chapter 9|17 pages

Interpersonal psychoanalysis

ByEugenio Duarte

chapter 10|19 pages

Relational psychoanalysis

Not a theory but a framework
ByJohanna C. Malone