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On Freud's "Constructions in Analysis"

Editor : Sergio Lewkowicz, Editor : Thierry Bokanowski, Author(s) : Georges Pragier

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In Constructions in Analysis Freud introduces the notion of constructions, different from interpretation, and considers it necessary - under certain conditions - to reconstruct a part of the infantile history of the subject. The difference between construction and reconstruction as well as which should be the limit of the intervention of the analyst in order to avoid a proposal far removed from the patient discourse, are a part of present debates on this subject. The editors, together with the contributors to this volume, accepted the challenge to consider Freudian ideas and its implications nowadays.

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Contributors: David Bell, Michèle Bertrand, Harold P. Blum, Thierry Bokanowski, Stefano Bolognini, Jorge Canestri, Elias Mallet da Rocha Barros, Elizabeth Lima da Rocha Barros, Abel Fainstein, Howard B. Levine, Sergio Lewkowicz, Georges Pragier, Jacques Press, Mikael Sundén

The authors, from different regions of the International Psychoanalytical Association, address the intriguing questions that this fundamental paper implies, such as: Interpret? Construct? Deconstruct? Re-construct? On that very general basis, how are we to differentiate between interpretation and construction? From a technical point of view, should the one be contrasted with the other? Does construction not also imply de-construction, with the subsequent need to reconstruct? What role does the counter-transference play in the work of construction? This volume shows the importance and complexity of this concept for psychoanalytic thought.

'This book is another remarkable contribution to the process of assessing Freud´s seminal ideas from a contemporary perspective. The editors and the authors succeed in offering to the reader a comprehensive overview, departing from different theoretical points of view, of one of Freud´s most challenging concepts: constructions in analysis. Once again, eighty years after Freud's original paper, this book demonstrates the usefulness of Freud's concept and the different ways it can be seen and used. The reader will be able to get a really contemporary flavour of it, which makes the reading of this book a rewarding and stimulating experience.'
- Claudio Laks Eizirik, former president of the International Psychoanalytical Association

Notes about the author(s):

Sérgio Lewkowicz is currently the Scientific Director of the Porto Alegre Psychoanalytical Society; Psychiatry and Training and Supervising Analyst for the Porto Alegre Psychoanalytical Society; Publications Director of the Porto Alegre Psychoanalytical Society; Professor and Supervisor for Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy in the Psychiatry Department, Medical School of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul; Member of the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA) Publications Committee; Member of the Programme Committee of the 43rd Congress of the IPA in New Orleans (2004); former President of the Society of Psychiatry of Rio Grande do Sul; former Editor of the Psychiatry Journal of Rio Grande do Sul; and he has published papers on psychoanalytic technique.

Thierry Bokanowski is a training and supervising analyst of the Paris Psychoanalytical Society (SPP) and a member of the International Psychoanalytical Association; a former secretary of the executive committee of the Paris Psychoanalytical Institute; and former editor of La Revue française de Psychanalyse, he is the current President of the Scientific Committee of the Paris Psychoanalytical Society. He has published several papers in various psychoanalytical journals, including the International Journal of Psychoanalysis. His books include Sándor Ferenczi, and De la pratique analytique, translated under the title The Practice of Psychoanalysis.

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