Psychoanalysts working in clinical situations are constantly confronted with the struggle between conservative forces and those which enable something new to develop. Continuity and change, stasis and transformation, are the major themes discussed in The Work of Psychoanalysis, and address the fundamental question: How does and how can change take place?
The Work of Psychoanalysis explores the underlying coherence of the complex linked issues of theory and practice. Drawing on clinical cases from her own experience in the consulting room Dana Birksted-Breen focuses on what takes place between patient and analyst, giving a picture of the interlocking and overlapping vertices that make up the work needed in psychoanalysis. Some of the key topics covered include: sexuality; aspects of female identity; eating disorders; time; dreams; disturbances in modalities of thought; and terminating psychoanalysis.
This book draws different traditions into a coherent theoretical position with consequences for the mode of working analytically. The Work of Psychoanalysis will appeal to psychoanalysts and academics in psychoanalysis, psychotherapists, as well as postgraduate students studying courses in these fields.
Introduction Chapter 1 Setting the Scene Chapter 2 Modalities of Thought and Sexual Identity Chapter 3 The Feminine and Unconscious Representation of Femininity, a duality at the heart of femininity Chapter 4 Sexuality in the consulting room Chapter 5 Bulimia Nervosa and Anorexia in the Transference Chapter 6 Phallus, Penis and Mental Space Chapter 7 Time and the Apres-Coup Chapter 8 The Work of Interpretation Chapter 9 Reverberation Time, Dreaming and the Capacity to Dream Chapter 10 Taking Time, The Tempo of Psychoanalysis Chapter 11 Bi-ocularity, the Functioning Mind of the Psychoanalyst Chapter 12 Termination in Process References