Contemporary psychoanalysts are eclectic and believe they use the best ideas from each of our numerous competing theoretic models. However, there is confusion and controversy about what constitutes 'best.' Critical differences between these theories are about inferences concerning the disguised meaning of what patients tell us. There can be no meaning without context but we have never developed a consensus about how we establish context (contextualization). This book offers a number of detailed clinical examples to illustrate how confusion about contextualization serves as the source of some of our most important disagreements.
Dale Boesky is the past editor-in-chief of The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. He is a training and supervising analyst at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute.
Part 1 Acknowledgements Part 2 Preface Chapter 3 Introduction Part 4 Clinical Examples Chapter 5 Psychoanalytic Controversies Contextualized: A Model of Clinical Disputes Chapter 6 Comparative Psychoanalysis: What Should We Compare? Chapter 7 Memory Recovery as Viewed in One-Person Compared with Two-Person Theoretical Models Chapter 8 Free Associations: Which Ones Count? Part 9 Associations, Contextualization and Hermeneutics Chapter 10 Another Kind of Incompleteness: Associations and Interpretation Chapter 11 Contextualizing Criteria Chapter 12 Contextualization and Hermeneutics