Salman Akhtar

Salman Akhtar, MD, was born in India and completed his medical and psychiatric education there. Upon arriving in the USA in 1973, he repeated his psychiatric training at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, and then obtained psychoanalytic training from the Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Institute. Currently, he is Professor of Psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College and a training and supervising analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. He has authored, edited or co-edited more than 300 publications including books on psychiatry and psychoanalysis and several collections of poetry. He is also a Scholar-in-Residence at the Inter-Act Theatre Company in Philadelphia. Salman Akhtar received the Sigourney Award in 2012.

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Sources of Suffering: Fear, Greed, Guilt, Deception, Betrayal, and Revenge

Sources of Suffering: Fear, Greed, Guilt, Deception, Betrayal, and Revenge

by Salman Akhtar

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This concise and well-written book deals with six important roots of human anguish. It divides the six areas into those primarily affecting the individual and those primarily affecting others around... (more)

Hopelessness: Developmental, Cultural, and Clinical Realms

Hopelessness: Developmental, Cultural, and Clinical Realms

Edited by Salman Akhtar, Mary Kay O'Neil

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Hope is the most reliable sustainer of life. It offers the promise of something good in the future, contributes to resilience, and keeps one going. However, there are circumstances when hope dries... (more)

Fear: A Dark Shadow Across Our Life Span

Fear: A Dark Shadow Across Our Life Span

Edited by Salman Akhtar

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Beginning with Freud’s celebrated case of Little Hans, psychoanalysts and psychotherapists have been intrigued with the topic of fear. Eclipsed in theoretical writings by the term ‘anxiety’, fear... (more)

Psychoanalytic Listening: Methods, Limits, and Innovations

Psychoanalytic Listening: Methods, Limits, and Innovations

by Salman Akhtar

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'Joseph Breuer’s celebrated patient, Anna O., designated psychoanalysis to be a "talking cure". She was correct insofar as psychoanalysis does place verbal exchange at the center stage. However, the... (more)

Mental Zoo: Animals in the Human Mind and its Pathology

Mental Zoo: Animals in the Human Mind and its Pathology

Edited by Salman Akhtar, Vamik D. Volkan

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‘Salman Akhtar and Vamik Volkan’s dynamic book, Mental Zoo, takes the reader on a panoramic tour illuminating the rich world of animals in human experience. Here Freud’s rats, wolves, and horses join... (more)

Cultural Zoo: Animals in the Human Mind and its Sublimation

Cultural Zoo: Animals in the Human Mind and its Sublimation

Edited by Salman Akhtar, Vamik D. Volkan

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‘This book is a major contribution to culture and to the psychoanalytic literature. The authors explore how animals, both wild and domesticated, have powerful symbolic meanings in our psyches,... (more)

On Freud's

On Freud's "Beyond the Pleasure Principle"

Edited by Salman Akhtar, Mary Kay O'Neil

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Freud's "Beyond the Pleasure Principle" constitutes a major landmark and a real turning point in the evolution of psychoanalytic theory. Pushing aside the primacy of the... (more)

Comprehensive Dictionary of Psychoanalysis

Comprehensive Dictionary of Psychoanalysis

by Salman Akhtar

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This book provides easy to read, concise, and clinically useful explanations of over 1800 terms and concepts from the field of psychoanalysis. A history of each term is included in its definition and... (more)

On Freud's

On Freud's "The Unconscious"

Edited by Salman Akhtar, Mary Kay O'Neil

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If there ever was one word that could represent the essence of Freud’s work, that word would be ‘unconscious’. Indeed, Freud himself regarded his 1915 paper ‘The Unconscious’ as central to clarifying... (more)

Turning Points in Dynamic Psychotherapy: Initial Assessment, Boundaries, Money, Disruptions and Suicidal Crises

Turning Points in Dynamic Psychotherapy: Initial Assessment, Boundaries, Money, Disruptions and Suicidal Crises

by Salman Akhtar

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'Putting aside the narcissistic-masochistic aspiration of authoring a text on all the intricacies of in-depth psychotherapy, I have chosen to address five areas of difficulty in this enterprise. This... (more)

Unusual Interventions: Alterations of the Frame, Method, and Relationship in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis

Unusual Interventions: Alterations of the Frame, Method, and Relationship in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis

by Salman Akhtar

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Radical departures from the set and familiar rules of technique often become necessary in the course of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. These can include conducting a session outside the office,... (more)

On Freud's

On Freud's "The Future of an Illusion"

Edited by Mary Kay O'Neil, Salman Akhtar

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"The Future of an Illusion" reveals Freud's reflections about religion as well as his hope that in the future science will go beyond religion, and reason will replace faith in God. The discussion... (more)

On Freud's

On Freud's "Negation"

Edited by Mary Kay O'Neil, Salman Akhtar

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Ever since Freud proposed that certain ideas can be permitted to become conscious only in their inverted and negative forms, interest has grown into the entire realm of the presence of absence, so to... (more)

The Geography of Meanings: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Place, Space, Land, and Dislocation

The Geography of Meanings: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Place, Space, Land, and Dislocation

Edited by Maria Teresa Savio Hooke, Salman Akhtar

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This book is a multi-faceted attempt to understand the psychological mysteries of land, space, native cultures, changing eras, and geographical dislocation. It shows us that many remote and seemingly... (more)

Betrayal: Developmental, Literary, and Clinical Realms

Betrayal: Developmental, Literary, and Clinical Realms

Edited by Salman Akhtar

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Betrayal underlies all psychic trauma, whether sexual abuse or profound neglect, violence or treachery, extramarital affair or embezzlement. When we betray others, we violate their confidence in us.... (more)

The Electrified Mind: Development, Psychopathology, and Treatment in the Era of Cell Phones and the Internet

The Electrified Mind: Development, Psychopathology, and Treatment in the Era of Cell Phones and the Internet

Edited by Salman Akhtar

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The Electrified Mind helps therapists understand and empathize with patients who rely heavily upon cell phones and the internet for the purposes of self-expression as well as for defensive avoidance... (more)

Revenge: Narcissistic Injury, Rage, and Retaliation

Revenge: Narcissistic Injury, Rage, and Retaliation

Edited by Salman Akhtar, Henri Parens

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Revenge: Narcissistic Injury, Rage, and Retaliation addresses the ubiquitous human wish to take revenge and settle scores. Featuring the contributions of eleven distinguished mental health... (more)

Intimacy and Infidelity

Intimacy and Infidelity

by Salman Akhtar, Selma Kramer

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Contents include: Fidelity: from cannibalism to imperialism and beyond; intimacy and individuation; egocentricity. (more)

Freud and the Far East: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on the People and Culture of China, Japan, and Korea

Freud and the Far East: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on the People and Culture of China, Japan, and Korea

by Salman Akhtar

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This book is a lexical ambassador with the dual responsibility of bridging the West and East and enhancing psychoanalytic conceptualization in the course of such an encounter. By juxtaposing the... (more)

Greed: Developmental, Cultural, and Clinical Realms

Greed: Developmental, Cultural, and Clinical Realms

Edited by Salman Akhtar

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Though references to it are scattered in the writings of Klein and Winnicott, the topic of greed has drawn meagre attention from contemporary psychoanalysts. This book fills that lacuna. Noting that... (more)

Guilt: Origins, Manifestations, and Management

Guilt: Origins, Manifestations, and Management

Edited by Salman Akhtar

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In this elegantly written book, eight distinguished psychoanalysts address the ubiquitous phenomenon of guilt. They describe the childhood experiences that form the bedrock of this emotion and... (more)

Good Stuff: Generosity, Resilience, Humility, Gratitude, Forgiveness, and Sacrifice

Good Stuff: Generosity, Resilience, Humility, Gratitude, Forgiveness, and Sacrifice

by Salman Akhtar

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Good Stuff is divided into two main parts; Part I addresses Positive Attributes and Part II, Positive Actions. The former contains chapters on Courage, Resilience, and Gratitude. The latter contains... (more)

The Language of Emotions: Developmental, Psychopathology, and Technique

The Language of Emotions: Developmental, Psychopathology, and Technique

by Salman Akhtar, Harold P. Blum

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This book is about affect-its origins, development and uses-and how it is viewed in a clinical setting. The authors track and further develop the recent major changes in the understanding of affect.... (more)

Real and Imaginary Fathers: Development, Transference, and Healing

Real and Imaginary Fathers: Development, Transference, and Healing

by Salman Akhtar

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In this work, Salman Akhtar looks at how many fathers unconsciously, and sometimes quite consciously, attempt to revise their own traumatized childhood by providing their children with possibilities... (more)

Immigration and Acculturation: Mourning, Adaptation, and the Next Generation

Immigration and Acculturation: Mourning, Adaptation, and the Next Generation

by Salman Akhtar

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Moving from one country to another causes a radical alteration of one's cultural and geophysical surround. Separation from friends and family, loss of valued possessions, and encountering new ways of... (more)

Between Hours: A Collection of Poems by Psychoanalysts

Between Hours: A Collection of Poems by Psychoanalysts

Edited by Salman Akhtar

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While accommodating playfulness and even a bit of audacity, both psychoanalysis and poetry deeply respect formality of structure, nuance of affect, and the multifaceted resonance of the spoken... (more)

The Mother and Her Child: Clinical Aspects of Attachment, Separation and Loss

The Mother and Her Child: Clinical Aspects of Attachment, Separation and Loss

Edited by Salman Akhtar

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This edited volume focuses upon the formation of an individual's self in the crucible of the early mother-child relationship. Bringing together contributions from distinguished psychoanalysts and... (more)

Good Feelings: Psychoanalytic Reflections on Positive Emotions and Attitudes

Good Feelings: Psychoanalytic Reflections on Positive Emotions and Attitudes

Edited by Salman Akhtar

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This tightly edited volume opens a new vista in psychoanalysis by focusing upon positive and life-enhancing emotions and attitudes. The realms it covers include love, friendship, enthusiasm, courage,... (more)

The African American Experience: Psychoanalytic Perspectives

The African American Experience: Psychoanalytic Perspectives

Edited by Salman Akhtar

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Brings together the contributions of distinguished mental health professionals and scholars of humanities to offer a multifaceted perspective on the transgenerational trauma of slavery, the hardship... (more)

The Damaged Core: Origins, Dynamics, Manifestations, and Treatment

The Damaged Core: Origins, Dynamics, Manifestations, and Treatment

by Salman Akhtar

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This comprehensive and tightly argued book deals with the process through which a coherent self evolves, the various ways such development fails to occur, and the therapeutic measures to put things... (more)

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