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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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 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)

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)

Matters of Life and Death: Psychoanalytic Reflections

Matters of Life and Death: Psychoanalytic Reflections

by Salman Akhtar

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The author's focus in this book is upon the intrapsychic vicissitudes of what it means to be truly alive and how death accompanies us at each step of our life's journey. He attempts to show that,... (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)

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)

Broken Structures: Severe Personality Disorders and Their Treatment

Broken Structures: Severe Personality Disorders and Their Treatment

by Salman Akhtar

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This book integrates psychiatry and psychoanalysis to present deeper and sounder clinical profiles of the personality disorders than have been hitherto available. (more)

Inner Torment: Living Between Conflict and Fragmentation

Inner Torment: Living Between Conflict and Fragmentation

by Salman Akhtar

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Fragmentation, feeling torn apart by conflict, self-loathing, and loneliness, are some forms of inner torment that characterize the mental lives of many patients who seek psychotherapy. This text... (more)

Immigration and Identity: Turmoil, Treatment and Transformation

Immigration and Identity: Turmoil, Treatment and Transformation

by Salman Akhtar

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Why do people migrate from one country to another? What is the difference between an immigrant and an exile? What determines the psychological outcome of immigration? Can one ever mourn the loss of... (more)

The Colors of Childhood: Separation-Individuation Across Cultural, Racial and Ethnic Diversity

The Colors of Childhood: Separation-Individuation Across Cultural, Racial and Ethnic Diversity

by Salman Akhtar, Selma Kramer

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Starting from a separation-individuation perspective, this text discusses cultural issues in child rearing and clinical practice. Included are chapters on African-American, Japanese, and South... (more)

Does God Help?: Developmental and Clinical Aspects of Religious Belief

Does God Help?: Developmental and Clinical Aspects of Religious Belief

by Salman Akhtar, Henri Parens

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Can psychoanalysis lead us toward understanding the roots and nature of religious belief? In this text, five classical psychoanalysts representing five different religious faiths share their... (more)

New Clinical Realms: Pushing the Envelope of Theory and Technique

New Clinical Realms: Pushing the Envelope of Theory and Technique

by Salman Akhtar

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Focusing on facets of mental functioning and psychopathology that remain largely unrecognized in psychiatric and psychoanalytic literature, this work raises intriguing questions about man's... (more)

Beyond the Symbiotic Orbit: Advances in Separation-Individuation

Beyond the Symbiotic Orbit: Advances in Separation-Individuation

Edited by Salman Akhtar, Henri Parens

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In this tribute to Selma Kramer, eminent child analyst and colleague and close friend of the late Margaret Mahler, senior analysts explore the continuing relevance of Mahler's... (more)

The Birth of Hatred: Developmental, Clinical and Technical Aspects of Intense Aggression

The Birth of Hatred: Developmental, Clinical and Technical Aspects of Intense Aggression

Edited by Salman Akhtar

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This work describes the problem of hatred and intense aggression, which are often directed against someone who is also loved. Analysts and developmental theorists discuss the development of hatred... (more)

A Quest for Answers: A Primer of Understanding and Treating Severe Personality Disorders

A Quest for Answers: A Primer of Understanding and Treating Severe Personality Disorders

by Salman Akhtar

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This text examines severe personality disorders from various angles. It covers: diagnosis and differential diagnosis; structure and dynamics; origins and development; evaluation and triage;... (more)

Mahler and Kohut: Perspectives on Development, Psychopathology and Technique

Mahler and Kohut: Perspectives on Development, Psychopathology and Technique

Edited by Selma Kramer, Salman Akhtar

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Aims to clarify the similarities and differences in the ideas of Margaret Mahler and Heinz Kohut, with regard to the mutuality and complexity of the interaction between the parents and the child in... (more)

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