Psychoanalytic Theory: Perspectives, Techniques and Social Implications


Phillip T. Fenton (Editor)

Series: Psychology Research Progress
BISAC: PSY026000

From the inception of psychoanalysis as an exploration of unconscious motivations and the power of fantasy life, the field has adopted a Cartesian worldview. From this perspective, the focus of analysis was the “intraspychic,” what is called the “internal world,” consisting primarily of fantasies and dreams in opposition to the “external world” of perceptions and interpersonal relationships. The recognition of the bias toward the “internal” as opposed to the interpersonal motivated the development of alternative theories, primarily object relations and relational analysis, to bring together the “intrapsychic” with the interpersonal.

Such a view accepts uncritically the existence of an “intrapsychic” realm somehow separated from an “external world” to which it must be joined. In this way, even the relational perspective unwittingly accepts the Cartesian subject-object split. These theories are attempting to heal a rift their Cartesian assumption has created. This book begins by discussing psychoanalysis as way of being-in-the-world. It then discusses psychoanalysis and the inverted totalitarianism of neoliberal capitalism; mass production and individuality; violations of human rights; different types of traumatization; understanding workplace stress; some new thoughts about the real relationship in psychoanalytic supervision. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Beyond Inside and Outside: Psychoanalysis As Ways of Being-in-the-World (pp. 1-22)
Frank Summers, Ph.D., ABPP (Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, USA, and others)

Chapter 2 – Psychoanalysis and the Inverted Totalitarianism of Neoliberal Capitalism: Challenges of Couch and Culture (pp. 23-40)
Ryan LaMothe, Ph.D. (Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, St. Meinrad, IN, USA)

Chapter 3 – Mass Production and Individuality: The Challenges of Art Nouveau and Psychoanalysis (pp. 41-56)
Orsolya Hunyady, Ph.D. and Pascal Sauvayre, Ph.D. (William Alanson White Institute, NY, USA)

Chapter 4 – Violations of Human Rights: Trauma and Social Trauma – Can We Forgive? (pp. 57-70)
Ruth Lijtmaer, Ph.D. (Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis of New Jersey (CPPNJ), Ridgewood, New Jersey, USA)

Chapter 5 – Different Types of Traumatization –Inner Pressure, Affect Regulation, Interpersonal and Social Consequences: Implications of Psychoanalytic Theory on the Understanding of Individual, Social and Cultural Phenomena (pp. 71-110)
Karoline Parth, Armina Hrusto-Lemes and Henriette Loeffler-Stastka (Department of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, Medical University Vienna, Austria)

Chapter 6 – Understanding Workplace Stress (pp. 111-184)
Bruce D. Lachter (Psychiatrist in Private Psychoanalytic Therapy Practice on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia)

Chapter 7 – The Therapist‘s Experience of Therapeutic Relationship at the Time of Termination (pp. 185-206)
Evangelia Fragkiadaki and Sofia Triliva (School of Pedagogical and Technological Education, Crete, Greece)

Chapter 8 – Some New Thoughts about the Real Relationship in Psychoanalytic Supervision (pp. 207-224)
Zelda G. Knight (Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities, Auckland Park Kingsway Campus, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa)


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