Psychoanalytic Treatment: An Intersubjective Approach

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Analytic Press, 2000 - Psychology - 197 pages
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Psychoanalytic Treatment: An Intersubjective Approach fleshes out the implications for psychoanalytic understanding and treatment of adopting a consistently intersubjective perspective.  In the course of the study, the intersubjective viewpoint is demonstrated to illuminate a wide array of clinical phenomena, including transference and resistance, conflict formation, therapeutic action, affective and self development, and borderline and psychotic states.  As a consequence, the authors demonstrate that an intersubjective approach greatly facilitates empathic access to the patient's subjective world and, in the same measure, greatly enhances the scope and therapeutic effectiveness of psychoanalysis.  Psychoanalytic Treatment is another step in the ongoing development of intersubjectivity theory, as born out in Structures of Subjectivity (1984), Contexts of Being (1992), and Working Intersubjectively (1997), all published by the Analytic Press

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A very clear and accessible account of the intersubjective-sysems approach to psychoanalysis. This book takes a consistently phenomenological approach to understanding and treating emotional disturbances. Reading it I was reminded of the early work of R. D. Laing as well as Ludwig Binswanger's non Cartesian approach to Freud's work.
The author's describe how they draw on the work of Heinz Kohut and how they have broadened his ideas regarding selfobject transferences.
This is a must read for anyone interested in going beyond the Cartesian confines of Freud and towards a more open and personal approach to understanding and accepting the subjective and inter subjective contexts that make up human experience.

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