Decentering relational theory: A Comparative Critique invites relational theorists to contemplate the influence, overlaps, and relationship between relational theory and other perspectives. The kinds of comparisons they were asked to make were challenging. Our authors took up this challenge in different ways.
We are grateful to them for having taken up this challenge. Whether to locate relational thought in a broader theoretical envelope, address critiques leveled at us, or push relational thinking forward, make links to other theories, our contributors thought outside the box. It addresses issues of influence, both bidirectional and unidimensional.
Decentering Relational Theory Relational Perspectives Book Series #ad - . Decentering relational Theory: A Comparative Critique will appeal to psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists across the theoretical spectrum. Instead, they seek to expand our understanding of the convergences and divergences between different relational perspectives and those of other theories.
Like our authors in de-idealizing, writers who contributed to Decentering were asked to move beyond their own perspective without stereotyping alternate perspectives.
De-Idealizing Relational Theory Relational Perspectives Book SeriesRoutledge #ad - Unsurprisingly, no single essay examined the totality of relational thinking, its theoretical and clinical implications. Some more directly critiqued aspects of relational theory and technique Berman, Stern. De-idealizing relational Theory attempts to rectify this for the relational field. Across theoretical divides, psychoanalytic writers and clinicians have too often responded to criticism with defensiveness rather than reflectivity.
Taken together these essays represent a significant effort at self-critique and we are enormously proud of it. Some took up specific aspects of relational technique and unpacked their roots and evolution Mark, Cooper. Some revisted the assumptions that underlay early relational thinking and expanded their sources Greenberg & Aron.
Yet within the field, psychoanalysts haven’t sufficiently utilized their own methodology or subjected their own preferred approaches to systematic and critical self-examination. It requires that we step into the shoes of the psychoanalytic Other and suspend not only our theories, but our emotional investment in them.
De-Idealizing Relational Theory Relational Perspectives Book Series #ad - And some took on a broader critique of relational theory or technique Layton, Slochower. To do so requires that we move beyond our own assumptions and deeply held beliefs about what moves the treatment process and how we can best function within it. Each chapter critically assesses and examines aspects of relational theory and technique, considers its current state and its relations to other psychoanalytic approaches.
We're all invested in aspects of what we think and what we do; at best, we examine some, but never all of our assumptions and ideas.
The Infinity of the Unsaid Psychoanalysis in a New Key Book SeriesRoutledge #ad - Stern took in 1997 in his first book, Unformulated Experience: From Dissociation to Imagination in Psychoanalysis. Using new concepts of the "acceptance" and "use" of experience that "feels like me, " Stern argues for a wider conception of "meaningfulness. Some formulated experience is verbal "articulation", but other formulations are nonverbal "realization".
. In the past, the formulation of experience was most commonly understood as verbal articulation. Demonstrating how this can be so is at the heart of this book. The infinity of the unsaid offers an expansion of the theory of unformulated experience that has important implications for clinical thinking and practice; it will be of great interest to psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists across all schools of thought.
The Infinity of the Unsaid Psychoanalysis in a New Key Book Series #ad - Stern then goes on to house this entire set of ideas in the commodious conception of language offered by Charles Taylor, Gadamer, and Merleau-Ponty. The idea is that unconscious content is not fully formed, primitive, merely awaiting discovery, global, non-ideational, but is instead better understood as potential experience―a vaguely organized, affective state.
That was the perspective Donnel B. In this new book, stern recognizes that we need to theorize the formulation of nonverbal experience, as well. The theory of unformulated experience is an interpersonal/relational conception of unconscious process.
The Unobtrusive Relational Analyst Relational Perspectives Book SeriesRoutledge #ad - Psychoanalysts increasingly find themselves working with patients and states that are not amenable to verbal and dialogic engagement. Both the classical stance of neutrality and abstinence and a contemporary relational approach that works with mutuality and intersubjectivity, can often ask too much of patients.
For the unobtrusive relational analyst, the world and idiom of the patient becomes the defining signature of the clinical interaction and process. Offering fresh concepts regarding therapeutic action and psychoanalytic engagement, The Unobtrusive Relational Analyst will be of great interest to all psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists.
The Unobtrusive Relational Analyst Relational Perspectives Book Series #ad - The unobtrusive relational analyst introduces a new psychoanalytic register for working with such patients and states, involving a present and engaged analyst who is unobtrusive to the unfolding of the patient’s inner world and the flow of mutual enactments. Rather than seeking to bring patients into greater dialogic relatedness, the analyst companions the patient in the flow of enactive engagement and into the damaged and constrained landscapes of their inner worlds.
He reconfigures the role of action and enactment in psychoanalysis and group-analysis, and expands the understanding of the analyst’s subjectivity to embrace receptivity, surrender and companioning. In a series of illuminating chapters that include vivid examples drawn from his work with individuals and with groups, Robert Grossmark illustrates the work of the unobtrusive relational analyst.
Such patients are challenging for a psychoanalytic approach that assumes that the patient relates in the verbal realm and is capable of reflective function. Being known and companioned in these areas of deep pain, shame and fragmentation is the foundation on which psychoanalytic transformation and healing rests.
Dramatic Dialogue Relational Perspectives Book SeriesRoutledge #ad - The book provides a rich description of contemporary clinical practice, illustrated with numerous clinical tales and detailed examination of clinical moments. Inspired by bion’s concept of "becoming-at-one" and "at-one-ment, including a passionate use of mind, " the authors call for a return of the soul or spirit to psychoanalysis and the generative use of the analyst’s subjectivity, body and soul in the pursuit of psychoanalytic truth.
In dramatic dialogue, atlas and Aron develop the metaphors of drama and theatre to introduce a new way of thinking about therapeutic action and therapeutic traction. Along with atlas and aron, readers will become immersed in a Dramatic Dialogue, which the authors elaborate and enact, waking dreaming, dissociation, generative enactment, using the contemporary language of multiple self-states, and the prospective function.
Dramatic Dialogue Relational Perspectives Book Series #ad - This model invites the patient’s many self-states and the numerous versions of the therapist’s self onto the analytic stage to dream a mutual dream and live together the past and the future, as they appear in the present moment. The term dramatic dialogue originated in Ferenczi’s clinical innovations and refers to the patient and therapist dramatizing and dreaming-up the full range of their multiple selves.
The book brings together the relational emphasis on multiple self-states and enactment with the Bionian conceptions of reverie and dreaming-up the patient. Dramatic dialogue will be of great interest to all psychoanalysts and psychotherapists.
Beyond Doer and Done toRoutledge #ad - Routledge. Benjamin’s unique formulations of intersubjectivity make essential reading for both psychoanalytic therapists and theorists in the humanities and social sciences. In beyond doer and done to, jessica benjamin, author of the path-breaking Bonds of Love, expands her theory of mutual recognition and its breakdown into the complementarity of "doer and done to.
Beyond Doer and Done to #ad - Her innovative theory charts the growth of the Third in early development through the movement between recognition and breakdown, and shows how it parallels the enactments in the psychoanalytic relationship. Benjamin’s recognition theory illuminates the radical potential of acknowledgment in healing both individual and social trauma, in creating relational repair in the transformational space of thirdness.
Core Competencies of Relational Psychoanalysis Relational Perspectives Book SeriesRoutledge #ad - Core competencies of relational psychoanalysis is inspired by Barsness’ students; he was motivated to create a primary text that could assist them in understanding the often complex and abstract models of Relational Psychoanalysis. In addition, offers a study on the efficacy of relational Psychoanalysis, this book presents a history of Relational Psychoanalysis, proposes a new relational ethic and attends to the the importance of self-care in working within the intensity of such a model.
The practical emphasis of this text will also offer non-analytic clinicians a window into the mind of the analyst, while increasing the settings and populations in which this model can be applied and facilitate integration with other therapeutic orientations. A critique of the model is offered, issues of race and culture and gender and sexuality are addressed, as well as current research on neurobiology and its impact in the development of the model.
Core Competencies of Relational Psychoanalysis Relational Perspectives Book Series #ad - Routledge. Core competencies of relational psychoanalysis provides a concise and clearly presented handbook for those who wish to study, practice, and teach the core competencies of Relational Psychoanalysis, offering primary skills in a straightforward and useable format. Barsness offers his own research on technique and grounds these methods with superb contributions from several master clinicians, therapeutic stance/attitude; analytic listening/attunement; working within the relational dynamic, expanding the seven primary competencies: therapeutic intent, the use of patterning and linking; the importance of working through the inevitable enactments and ruptures inherent in the work; and the use of courageous speech through disciplined spontaneity.
Relevant for graduate students and novice therapists as well as experienced clinicians, this textbook offers a foundational curriculum for the study of Relational Psychoanalysis, supervisors, and professors, presents analytic technique with as clear a frame and purpose as evidenced based models, and serves as a gateway into further study in Relational Psychoanalyses.
The Power of PhenomenologyRoutledge #ad - The contributions are followed, by a dialogue between the authors, one or two at a time, illustrating the dialectical process of their long collaboration. The power of phenomenology took form when the two authors realized that a single theme has run through the course of their almost half-century-long collaboration like a red thread―namely, the power of phenomenological inquiry and understanding in a wide range of contexts.
The power of phenomenology will appeal to psychoanalysts, psychoanalytic psychotherapists and scholars of philosophy. Each chapter begins with a contribution written by one or both authors, extending the power of phenomenological inquiry to one or more of these diverse contexts. The unusual format seeks to bring the phenomenology of their collaborative efforts to life for the reader.
The Power of Phenomenology #ad - Routledge. This book demonstrates how they have experienced the power of phenomenology in their therapeutic work with patients, especially those struggling with horrific trauma; in their encounters with psychological and philosophical theories; and in their efforts to comprehend destructive ideologies and the collective traumas that give rise to them.
The power of Phenomenology presents the trajectory of this work.
Intersubjective Self PsychologyRoutledge #ad - Intersubjective self psychology provides a unified and comprehensive model of psychological life with specific, practical applications that are clinically informative and therapeutically powerful. Through a rigorous application of the ISP model, each chapter sheds light on the complex dynamic field within which self-experience and selfobject experience of patient and analyst/therapist unfold and are sustained.
Retaining kohut’s emphasis on the self and selfobject experience, the book conceptualizes the therapeutic situation as a bi-directional field of needed and dreaded selfobject experiences of both patient and analyst. Readers will gain an in depth understanding of one of the most clinically relevant analytic theories of the past half-century, fully updated and informed by recent discoveries and developments in the field of Intersubjectivity Theory.
. Routledge. Most importantly, couples treatment, the volume provides detailed chapters on the clinical treatment principles of Intersubjective Self Psychology and their application to a variety of clinical situations and diagnostic categories such as trauma, mourning, addiction, sexuality, child therapy, suicide and sever pathology.
Intersubjective Self Psychology #ad - The book represents a highly useful resource for psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists around the world. Intersubjective self psychology: A Primer offers a comprehensive overview of the theory of Intersubjective Self Psychology and its clinical applications. This useful clinical tool will support and inform everyday psychotherapeutic work.
The isp perspective allows the therapist to focus on the patient’s strengths, without neglecting work with the repetitive transferences, referred to as the Leading Edge, or Trailing Edge.
Immigration in Psychoanalysis Relational Perspectives Book SeriesRoutledge #ad - Through personal accounts full of wisdom and nuance, the stories of immigration come to life and become accessible to the reader. Routledge. Immigration in psychoanalysis: locating ourselves presents a unique approach to understanding the varied and multi-layered experience of immigration, political, and historical contexts shape the psychological experience of immigration, cultural, exploring how social, and with it the encounter between foreign-born patients and their psychotherapists.
Intended for clinicians, students, self and identity, immigrant studies, and academics interested in contemporary psychoanalytic perspectives on the topic of immigration, this book serves as a resource for clinical practice and can be read in courses on psychoanalysis, culture and human development, race and ethnic relations, cultural psychology, and immigrants and mental health.
Immigration in Psychoanalysis Relational Perspectives Book Series #ad - Beltsiou brings together a diverse group of contributors, including Ghislaine Boulanger, Eva Hoffman and Dori Laub, to discuss their own identity as immigrants and how it informs their work. They explore the complexity and the contradictions of the immigration process - the tension between loss and hope, the idealization and denigration of the other/stranger, future and past, and what it takes to tolerate the existential dialectic between separateness and belonging.
Traumatic Narcissism Relational Perspectives Book SeriesRoutledge #ad - Daniel shaw illustrates the workings of this relational system of subjugation in a variety of contexts: theorizing traumatic narcissism as an intergenerationally transmitted relational/developmental trauma; and exploring the clinician's experience working with the adult children of traumatizing narcissists.
Routledge. Although primarily intended for the professional psychoanalyst and psychotherapist, this is also a book that therapy patients and lay readers will find highly readable and illuminating. Bringing together theories of trauma and attachment, intersubjectivity and complementarity, but as the result of the specific trauma of subjugation, Shaw demonstrates how narcissism can best be understood not merely as character, and the rich clinical sensibility of the Relational Psychoanalysis tradition, in which one person is required to become the object for a significant other who demands hegemonic subjectivity.
Focusing on the dynamics of narcissism in interpersonal relations, Shaw describes the relational system of what he terms the 'traumatizing narcissist' as a system of subjugation – the objectification of one person in a relationship as the means of enforcing the dominance of the subjectivity of the other.
Traumatic Narcissism Relational Perspectives Book Series #ad - Traumatic narcissism presents therapeutic clinical opportunities not only for psychoanalysts of different schools, but for all mental health professionals working with a wide variety of modalities. Routledge. In this volume, daniel shaw presents a way of understanding the traumatic impact of narcissism as it is engendered developmentally, Traumatic Narcissism: Relational Systems of Subjugation, and as it is enacted relationally.
He explores the relationship of cult leaders and their followers, and examines how traumatic narcissism has lingered vestigially in some aspects of the psychoanalytic profession.