Robert Langs has long been one of the most individual and controversial psychoanalytic theorists. In this book, he concentrates on one of the most prominent areas of his thought: his insistence upon adherence to strict rules for boundaries (or "frames") in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.Starting from the statement that "Throughout the history of the universe, frames, contexts, rules, and boundaries have been vital aspects of the development and very existence of both physical structures and living organisms," Langs goes on to examine the profile of the issues of boundaries in psychoanalytic thought. He discusses Freud's technique papers on the subject, and goes on to elucidate his own approach, rooted in his thinking on evolutionary and adaptive processes which he has discussed in his previous work. Throughout the book, Langs gives both theoretical discussions and practical groundings of his ideas. As with his previous book, Doing Supervision and Being Supervised (1994), Robert Langs here brings his unique energy and viewpoint to bear on an important but little-examined topic.

part One|1 pages

The Universal Attributes of Therapy Frames

chapter Chapter One|21 pages

Nature framing nature

chapter Chapter Two|13 pages

Frames and conscious and unconscious experience

chapter Chapter Three|11 pages

The basic ground rules of psychotherapy

chapter Chapter Four|19 pages

Formulating and intervening with respect to frames

chapter Chapter Five|19 pages

Secured and modified frames

chapter Chapter Six|18 pages

Frames and the evolution of the two-system mind

part Two|1 pages

The Specific Ground Rules

chapter Chapter Seven|7 pages

The secured settings in private practice

chapter Chapter Eight|20 pages

Deviant settings in private practice

chapter Chapter Nine|17 pages

The setting in public situations

chapter Chapter Ten|12 pages

The time dimension

chapter Chapter Eleven|15 pages

The first session and fees

chapter Chapter Twelve|14 pages

Total privacy and total confidentiality

chapter Chapter Thirteen|15 pages

Neutrality and relative anonymity

chapter Chapter Fourteen|9 pages

Issues in managing the frame