Freud and Beyond

Freud and Beyond

A History of Modern Psychoanalytic Thought

Book - 1995
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Freud's concepts have become a part of our psychological vocabulary: unconscious thoughts and feelings, conflict, the meaning of dreams, the sensuality of childhood. But psychoanalytic thinking has undergone an enormous expansion and transformation over the past fifty years. With Freud and Beyond, Stephen A. Mitchell and Margaret J. Black make contemporary psychoanalytic thinking--the body of work that has been done since Freud--available for the first time. Richly illustrated with case examples, this lively, jargon-free introduction makes modern psychoanalytic thought accessible at last.
Publisher: New York : BasicBooks, [1995]
Copyright Date: ©1995
ISBN: 9780465014057
Branch Call Number: 150.195 Mit
Characteristics: xxiii, 293 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Black, Margaret J.


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this is a wonderful book which leads one to the hope that it is not yet all over for psychoanalysis' influence on the therapy of the millions. I had always suspected, but here it is proven, with clear and basic lines of logic, why and how Mr. Stack Sullivan went astray, in his theorizing on the human personality. The same is achieved with Sigmund Freud, an easier target than Sullivan, for many reasons adumbrated here. Carl Jung is ignored, so is Reich. Mr. Jung went cosmic, after leaving Freud, though his improvements on the leader's structural model were an alteration the father figure could not accept. Dr. Reich found his orgone therapy, thus, becoming irrelevant( it was too far out for the rest of them. in addition, his style of relating with the rest of them tended to alienate nearly everyone, and when he needed help to survive the inevitable politicization, there was no one there for him. His discovery of the character armour is highly regarded, however, here..some tears are shed for the early passing (1925) of Karl Abraham, and genuine regret is voiced at the leaving of the movement of Sandor Ferenszi. Karen Horney gets some respect, so do Anna Freud and Melanie Klein. But the improvements on them, and on Erich Fromm, are what should interest the depth- of- meaning- reader. Kohut is discussed, Kernberg, also. I have a family member who exhibits dissociative tendencies. I can now believe that is due to his schooling in the theories of Harry Stack Sullivan, in school, in California, during the 80s. Phew! thought it was organic! Even here, though, some valuable contributions from Stack are included. My point is dissociation is the condition, and the teachings of a Sullivan may initially have pleased one portion of the ego, but unfortunately have done nothing to ameliorate the split, the core malconditioning. Not to worry, though, as the object relations approach of Fairbairn, Guntrip, and Winnicott as well as Balint, should do the trick. Otherwise, one runs the risk of a continual returning to the parameters of the Oedipus Complex, whilst accusing others of being 'brilliant, but too many games.'

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