'Psychoanalysis has, from its inception, been a discipline concerned with overcoming the ill effects of certain social taboos. Given this focus, it might be assumed that psychoanalysis and its practitioners are free of the constraints imposed by restrictive taboos. This book challenges this idea by examining a sampling of the taboos that are rife in the field. It is not intended to offer a complete summary of all of the forbidden ideas, clinical procedures, behaviors and institutional practices in psychoanalysis, but rather to raise consciousness about the fact that even within a field which encourages freedom of expression, many issues remain difficult to fully discuss both in the consulting room and in professional discourse. The book provides a refreshing, thoughtful, honest look at many of the taboos present in psychoanalysis, even at this moment of greatly improved communication between the various theoretical schools in the field. Reading it provides a sense of freedom for the reader, as speaking of forbidden thoughts always does.
Lori C. Bohm, Ph.D. Supervising Analyst and Faculty, William Alanson White Institute; Supervisor of Psychotherapy, Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program, City College of New York and St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital Center; private practice in New York City and Hastings-on-Hudson. Rebecca Curtis, Ph.D. Director of Research and Supervisor, William Alanson White Institute; Professor of Psychology, Derner Institute, Adelphi University; Editor of 'Self-Defeating Behaviors, The Relational Self' and 'How People Change'. Brent Willock, Ph.D. President: Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis; Ontario Society for Contemporary Psychoanalysis. Faculty: Toronto Child Psychoanalytic Program; Institute for the Advancement of Self Psychology. Advisory Board, International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.
ContentsOn TabooExpressions of ErosTranscending Traditional Thought: Buddhism and SpiritualityFinancial AffairsConfidentiality - Too Much or Too Little?Facing Real World IssuesSelf-Disclosure: To Do or Not to Do?Proscribed Interventions