Taking Risks from the Unconscious tells the story of a remarkably successful psychoanalysis from the point of view of both analyst and patient. The analyst, Dr. Marcus, describes the risk he undertook in acquiescing to his patient's desire for an interaction in which their 'true selves' could meet explicitly. By making his interventions directly from his unconscious, Dr. Marcus enabled a new kind of enactment to take place, based on implicit relational knowing. In this book he describes his approach, and his co-author-the patient and also herself a practicing psychoanalyst-presents her own history and her own view of what transpired in the analysis.
Donald M. Marcus, M.D. is a training and supervising analyst at the New Center for Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles and also at the Psychoanalytic Center of California where he was a founding member. He had his premedical studies at NYU and MIT and received his M.D. from Indiana University School of Medicine. Following residencies in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry, he had his psychoanalytic training at what was then the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute. After becoming a graduate analyst he had a Kleinian analysis and supervision with Wilfred Bion, who had a powerful influence on his thinking. He is now in private practice in Los Angeles.