Over the course of the past 15 years, there has been a vast sea change in American psychoanalysis. It takes the form of a broad movement away from classical psychoanalytic theorizing grounded in Freud's drive theory toward models of mind and development grounded in object relations concepts. In clinical practice, there has been a corresponding movement away from the classical principles of neutrality, abstinence and anonymity toward an interactive vision of the analytic situation that places the analytic relationship, with its powerful, reciprocal affective currents, in the foreground. These developments have been evident in virtually all schools of psychoanalysis in America, from the most traditional to the most radical.
The wellspring of these innovations is the work of a group of psychoanalysts who have struggled to integrate aspects of interpersonal psychoanalysis, various British object relations theories, and psychoanalytic feminism. Although not self-selected as a school, these theorists have generated a distinct tradition of psychoanalytic thought and clinical practice that has become extremely influential within psychoanalysis in the United States.
Relational Psychoanalysis: The Emergence of a Tradition brings together for the first time the seminal papers of the major authors within this tradition. Each paper is accompanied by an introduction, in which the editors place it in its historical context, and a new afterward, in which the author suggests subsequent developments in his or her thinking. This book is an invaluable resource for any clinical practitioner, teacher or student of psychoanalysis interested in exploring the exciting developments of recent years.
Eigen, The Area of Faith in Winnicott, Lacan and Bion. Hoffman, The Patient as Interpreter of the Analyst's Experience. Stern, Unformulated Experience: From Familiar Chaos to Creative Disorder. Chodorow, Toward a Relational Individualism: The Mediation of Self Through Psychoanalysis. Greenberg, Theoretical Models and the Analyst's Neutrality. Mitchell, The Wings of Icarus: Illusion and the Problem of Narcissism. Benjamin, Recognition and Destruction: An Outline of Intersubjectivity. Ghent, Masochism, Submission, Surrender:Masochism as a Perversion of Surrender. Aron, The Patient's Experience of the Analyst's Subjectivity. Davies & Frawley, Dissociative Processes and Transference-Countertransference Paradigms in the Psychoanalytically Oriented Treatment of Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse. Harris, Gender as Contradiction. Pizer, The Negotiation of Paradox in the Analytic Process. Stolorow & Atwood, Three Realms of the Unconscious. Bromberg, Shadow and Substance: A Relational Perspective on Clinical Process. Renik, Analytic Interaction: Conceptualizing Technique in Light of the Analyst's Irreducible Subjectivity. Spezzano, A Relational Model of Inquiry and Truth: The Place of Psychoanalysis in Human Conversation. Ogden, The Analytic Third: Working with Intersubjective Clinical Facts.