The Evolution of Psychoanalysis: Contemporary Theory and Practice

The Evolution of Psychoanalysis: Contemporary Theory and Practice

The Evolution of Psychoanalysis: Contemporary Theory and Practice

The Evolution of Psychoanalysis: Contemporary Theory and Practice

Synopsis

An unusual treatise and a masterful book.Doris K. Silverman.One of the world's leading psychoanalytic scholars offers a state-of-the-art guide to the most significant developments of the past quarter of a centurya period marked both by great creativity and great turmoil. Addressing an impressive range of topics, Gedo considers the philosophic and conceptual foundations of psychoanalysis; challenges to therapeutics and metapsychology; advances in infant research and our understanding of the neurobiological bases of the self; and theoretical and practical developments in ego psychology, self psychology, the Kleinian tradition, and French psychoanalysis. He concludes by highlighting the emergence of a new consensus on technique, and a new paradigm of self-organization.A brilliant, outspoken, and uncompromising exegesis of psychoanalysis in its every dimension. . . . Clearly written, lively, irreverent, and idiosyncratic, this is both a major contribution to the field, and a pleasure to read.Edgar A.Levenson

Excerpt

The current profusion of psychoanalytic publications -- even if one confines attention to the literature available in English -- would seem to make futile any efforts to master the intellectual history of our recent past. To reduce the material to manageable proportions, it is necessary, first of all, to establish some firm terminus after which one's account will begin. In other words, the date of first publication of the monographs to be surveyed will be one factor to dictate my choices. Because I expected to complete this work by the end of 1998, it seemed reasonable to focus on the twenty-five year period that would then terminate -- that is, to consider only books published since 1973. This decision is less arbitrary than it may appear to be, for I published my first book (Gedo and Goldberg 1973) in that year; as an active contributor to the literature, I believe I have had to do so much reading that I am particularly well prepared to serve as guide to the significant works of the period in which I labored.

Although the books I have selected range in their date of publication from 1974 to 1997, this circumstance does not mean that I have surveyed the production of that quarter century in its entirety. This volume has been in preparation for several years, and I have pursued my reading for it topic by topic. As a result, the terminal point of my review is somewhat different in every chapter. To put this another way:

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