This book focuses on the question of the theory of therapeutic action underlying the multiple perspectives in psychoanalysis. The question of how psychoanalysis effects therapeutic change and the methods by which this change is achieved is answered from the perspectives of: ego psychology and modern conflict theory, classical theory, contemporary object relations theory and neo-Kleinian theory, attachment theory, and self psychological theory, as well as total composite theory and pluralistic perspectives. The volume concludes with an exploration of how these theories of therapeutic action diverge and converge, and ultimately what holds these diverse approaches within the boundaries of psychoanalysis.
Christopher Christian, PhD, is member, Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies; graduate of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR), New York; assistant professor of psychology, New School for Social Research; and director of the New School/Beth Israel Center for Clinical Training and Research at the Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. He has a private practice in Manhattan. Michael J. Diamond, PhD, is training and supervising analyst and faculty member, Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies; faculty member, Wright Institute, Los Angeles; and associate clinical professor of psychiatry, University of California, Los Angeles. His major publications are on psychoanalytic technique, psychoanalytic gender theory, treatment of early trauma and dissociation, and fathering and masculinity.