Traditional psychoanalysis views relationships as forged through individual drives--a satisfaction and fulfillment of needs and desires. Rucker and Lombardi contend, however, that all relationships cannot be explained so simply; rather, they argue that human relationships carry meanings which cannot be reduced solely to the psychic contributions of each of the individuals involved. Instead, Subject Relations discusses the existence of a related unconscious rooted in mutual subjective experience.
The authors cite numerous clinical examples that show how the unconscious material generated by human interrelatedness comes to light. Drawing on the work of Matte-Blanco as well as traditional object relations theorists such as Melanie Klein, D.W. Winnicott, and Thomas Ogden, the authors examine how identifications that exist through unconscious processes manifest themselves in psychoanalytic theory and practice.

chapter 1|21 pages

Resurrecting the Unconscious in Contemporary Psychoanalysis

ByKaren Lombardi

chapter 2|13 pages

Dialogues of the Unconscious

ByNaomi Rucker, Karen Lombardi

chapter 3|13 pages

Sounds of Silence

Parallel Dreaming and the Mutual Dream
ByKaren Lombardi, Naomi Rucker

chapter 4|12 pages

The Unconscious Catch in Psychoanalytic Supervision

ByNaomi Rucker, Karen Lombardi

chapter 5|12 pages

The Mutual Creation of Temporal Experience

ByKaren Lombardi

chapter 6|18 pages

The Prenatal Anlage of Psychic Life

ByNaomi Rucker

chapter 7|13 pages

Subject Relations as Seen through Prenatal Observation

ByKaren Lombardi

chapter 8|13 pages

Mother as Object, Mother as Subject

ByKaren Lombardi

chapter 9|16 pages

Intimate Subjects

ByNaomi Rucker

chapter 10|12 pages

Words to the Wise on the Wisdom in Subject Relations

ByNaomi Rucker

chapter 11|23 pages

The Political and the Personal

Cultural Expressions of Identification and Disidentification
ByKaren Lombardi, Naomi Rucker