Psychoanalysis: Perspectives, Techniques and Socio-Psychological Implications


This book presents contemporary psychoanalytic perspectives, ideas, concepts and socio-psychological implications of living in the modern world, both within the therapy room and outside. Since its inception, and as with any conceptual framework of human perception and motivation that frames how the world is experienced, psychoanalysis has evolved in both theory and application to now featuring a pluralism of models as opposed to a single, unitary theory.

The chapters are diverse in the conceptualisation of various psychoanalytic topics such as the therapeutic process, psychoanalytic supervision, the social and personal unconscious, sexuality and perversion, reproduction, counter-transference, the guilt-ridden patient, and loss and trauma. The chapters cover a broad range of theoretical approaches to the human experience and the world at large, from object relations theories to the modern day notion of self and self-realisation, to intersubjectivity and the real relationship between supervision and relational theories in understanding difficult moments in therapy and beyond. This book is a must read, suitable for both students and practitioners of psychoanalysis.
(Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

pp. vii-ix

Chapter 1
Perversion Today – A Lacanian Perspective
(Anne Worthington, Centre for Psychoanalysis, Middlesex University, London, England)
pp. 1-16

Chapter 2
Guilt and the Experience of the Other
(Frank Summers, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, USA)
pp. 17-30

Chapter 3
Psychoanalytic Sensibility in a Behavioural World: Supervising Intern Counselling Psychologists in Aotearoa, New Zealand
(Mark R. Thorpe, Department of Psychology, Auckland University, New Zealand)
pp. 31-50

Chapter 4
Trauma or Loss: Interviews with Holocaust Survivors
(C. Fred Alford, Professor of Government and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, University of Maryland, USA)
pp. 51-64

Chapter 5
Some Thoughts about the Individual and the Social Unconscious
(Siegfried Zepf, Former Director of the Institute for Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatic Medicine, University of Saarland, Germany)
pp. 65-88

Chapter 6
The use of Attachment Theory and the Concept of the Corrective Emotional Experience in the Real Relationship in Psychoanalytic Supervision
(Zelda G. Knight, Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Johannesburg, South Africa)
pp. 89-106

Chapter 7
Cushioned Patient, Turmoiled Therapist: Awareness and use of Countertransference and Enactment as Part of the Therapeutic Process
(Melissa Card, University of Johannesburg, South Africa)
pp. 107-128

Chapter 8
Some Articulations between the Symbolic Exchange in Archaic Societies and the Donation of Biological Material in Contemporary Societies: The Psychoanalytic View
(Simone Perelson, Maria Isabel Fortes, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
pp. 129-140

pp. 141-151

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