There couldn't be a more appropriate method for illustrating the dynamics of psychoanalysis than the vehicle of story. In this book, Kerry L. Malawista, Anne J. Adelman, and Catherine L. Anderson share amusing, poignant, and sometimes difficult stories from their personal and professional lives, inviting readers to explore the complex underpinnings of the psychoanalytic profession and its esoteric theories. Through their narratives, these practicing analysts show how to incorporate psychodynamic concepts and identify common truths at the root of shared experience. Their approach demystifies dense material and the emotional consequences of deep clinical work. The book covers psychodynamic theory, the development of ideas, various techniques, the challenges of treatment, and the experiences of trauma and loss. Each section begins with a brief memoir by one of the authors and leads into a discussion of related concepts. Overall the text follows a developmental trajectory, opening with stories from early childhood and concluding with present encounters. The result is a unique approach enabling the absorption of psychodynamic concepts as they unfold across the life span.
Kerry L. Malawista is a training/supervising analyst with the Contemporary Freudian Society. She is co-chair of the New Directions Writing Program and is in private practice in Potomac, Maryland, and McLean, Virginia. Anne J. Adelman is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst with the Co ntemporary Freudian Society. She is a faculty member of the New Directions Writing Program and maintains a private practice in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Catherine L. Anderson is a psychologist and psychoanalyst with the Contemporary Freudian Society. She is co-chair of the New Directions Writing Program and practices in Bethesda, Maryland.
Acknowledgments Introduction Part I: Theory 1. Popped Analysts Reflect on Screen Memories 2. Play with Me Analysts Reflect on Symbolic Representation 3. The Calling Analysts Reflect on Magical Thinking 4. New Furniture Analysts Reflect on Superego Development 5. Woodbridge Analysts Reflect on Dream Theory 6. Wearing My Tutu to Analysis Analysts Reflect on Transference and Enactment Part II: Development 7. Ode to a Tissue Analysts Reflect on Transitional Objects and Phenomena 8. Mommy Broke It! Analysts Reflect on Castration Anxiety 9. Bumps and All Analysts Reflect on Early Adolescence 10. First Party Analysts Reflect on Emergent Adolescent Sexuality 11. Custodial Care Analysts Reflect on the Transition to Adulthood 12. Nestled Analysts Reflect on Motherhood as a Developmental Phase Part III: Technique 13. Graham Crackers Analysts Reflect on Beginning the Treatment 14. In My Eyes Analysts Reflect on the Holding Environment 15. How to Save a Life Analysts Reflect on Interpretation and Insight 16. Friends of the Heart Analysts Reflect on Termination Part IV: Treatment Challenges 17. Joining the Pain Analysts Reflect on Countertransference 18. The Taxi Analysts Reflect on Race and Racism 19. My Best Friend, Fiona Analysts Reflect on Boundary Violations in Treatment Part V: When the World Shatters 20. Into the Kitchen Analysts Reflect on a Patient's Memory of Trauma and Betrayal 21. The Bird Box Analysts Reflect on Transgenerational Transmission of Trauma 22. Phantom Limb Analysts Reflect on Immediate Loss 23. The Question Analysts Reflect on Memory and Grief Conclusion References Index