Bad Feelings: Selected Psychoanalytic Essays

Author(s) : Roy Schafer

Bad Feelings: Selected Psychoanalytic Essays

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2003
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 184
  • Category :
  • Catalogue No : 17901
  • ISBN 13 : 9781855759190
  • ISBN 10 : 1855759195

Reviews and Endorsements

'Roy Schafer has written a cameo masterpiece. Beautifully clear, clinically incisive and intensely human, this is a book by a deep Freudian thinker whose work has been influenced by a profound understanding of successive waves in the modern revolution in psychoanalytic thinking...Beset by painful feelings, one of which is the feeling hopeless about being able to get rid of their emotional pain, patients throw obstacles in the way of analysis but hope against all hope that their analysts will stand fast. Thus, troubled persons depend on their analysts to maintain their analytic position through thick and thin.

In today's personally and culturally troubled times all of us can be helped to find and hold our analytic attitude by reading this book and particularly Schafer's powerful analysis of the way our feelings as analysts, formed in the hot house of clinical encounters, can influence not only our interventions but our conceptualizations as well. Highly recommended.'
- Professor David Tuckett, University College London

'For several years Schafer has been trying to integrate the clinical approach of the contemporary British Kleinians with the contemporary Freudian and ego psychological structure he has long helped to build. Bad Feelings is the evidence of his success. By focussing on painful affects and our defences against them, this master clinician has found the natural bridge across which the two traditions can meet. Replete with generous and self-observant clinical illustrations, along with practical wisdom and advice, Bad Feelings provides a unique window into the envy, humiliation, disappointment and despair suffered by both patient and analyst. Schafer's clinical integrations advance the dialogue across an historical gulf, and we are all the beneficiaries of his work.'
- Henry F. Smith, M.D., Editor of The Psychoanalytic Quarterly

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