Here is the long-awaited new book by the influential, always provocative psychoanalyst, Roy Schafer. It focuses on a vacuum that has developed between psychoanalysis and critical thinkers in the social sciences and humanities. Schafer's goal is to weave psychoanalytic discourse into the tapestry of modern trends in intellectual history, notably linguistic and hermeneutic approaches to interpretation.The manner in which we "narrate" our lives is the central theme of psychoanalytic discourse and a critical issue for all of us, Roy Schafer argues. Narrating, giving an account, presenting a version: these terms make up the core vocabulary of the narrative approach. From this perspective, Schafer offers a new understanding of such diverse issues as men's struggle against sentimentality women and power happiness and failure and analysts'sublimated love for their patients.Whether he's redefining the self, reinterpreting Freud, or counteracting the stereotype of the aloof, authoritarian, and patriarchal analyst, Schafer's rich observations will inform and stimulate not only analysts but all those interested in psychoanalytic thought as an intellectual current of our times.
Roy Schafer, Ph.D., is a training and supervising analyst at Columbia University's Psychoanalytic centre for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. He was the first Freud Memorial Professor at University College in London and has been honoured twice by the American Psychological Association for his contributions to psychoanalysis and professional knowledge. He lectures extensively throughout the United States and abroad and is the author of, among other works, A New Language for Psychoanalysis, Aspects of Internalization, and The Analytic Attitude (Basic, 1983).
* Introduction Narrating the Self * Self-Interest, Self Interest, and the Termination of Psychoanalysis * Narratives of the Self * Self-deception, Defense, and Narration Narrating Gender * Problems in Freuds Psychology of Women * The Phallocentric Narrative of Impotence and Frigidity * The Idealization of Unhappiness and the Pursuit of Failure * Men Who Struggle Against Sentimentality * Women Lost in the Maze of Power and Rage Theories as Master Narratives * Reading Freuds Legacies * The Sense of an Answer: Clinical and Applied Psychoanalysis Compared * The Search for Common Ground Versions of Practice * Another Defense: First, the Bad News * Psychic Reality, Developmental Influences, and Unconscious Communication * Resistance: the Wrong Story? * Problems of Training Analysis * Psychoanalysis, Pseudoanalysis, and Psychotherapy * Narrating Psychotherapy * Analytic Love