Affect in Psychoanalysis: A Clinical Synthesis

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Analytic Press, Feb 1, 2003 - Psychology - 250 pages
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Drawing on the writings of Freud, Fairbairn, Klein, Sullivan, and Winnicott, Charles Spezzano offers a radical redefinition of the analytic process as the intersubjective elaboration and regulation of affect. The plight of analytic patients, he holds, is imprisonment within crude fantasy elaborations of developmentally significant feeling states. Analytic treatment fosters the patient's capacity to keep alive in consciousness, and hence reflect on, these previously warded-off affective states; it thereby provides a second chance to achieve competence in using feeling states to understand the self within its relational landscape.

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From the review of this book in the International Journal of Psychoanalysis: "If psychoanalysis is worth doing then its worth rests on the fact that it makes a unique and substantial contribution to discussion of human affective life, says Charles Spezzano. Having set this challenge to himself, he undertakes the task of proving that psychoanalysis is worth doing and he succeeds...makes a unique and substantial contribution to the psychoanalytic literature."  

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An embarrassment to the Psychoanalytic Profession. My goodness!!!!!!!!!

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Charles Spezzano, Ph.D., is a member of the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies, and the International Psychoanalytic Association.  He is a contributing editor to Psychoanalytic Dialogues and is on the editorial board of JAPA.  He is coeditor, with Gerald J. Gargiulo, of Soul on the Couch: Spirituality, Religion, and Morality in Contemporary Psychoanalysis (Analytic Press, 1997).

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