Psychoanalytic Listening: Methods, Limits, and Innovations

Author(s) : Salman Akhtar

Psychoanalytic Listening: Methods, Limits, and Innovations

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2012
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 208
  • Category :
  • Catalogue No : 33344
  • ISBN 13 : 9781780491455
  • ISBN 10 : 178049145X

Reviews and Endorsements

'In this slim but remarkable volume, Salman Akhtar has recast psychoanalysis, the renowned "talking cure", as essentially a "listening cure". Like a virtuoso musician, he guides us to better discern the sounds and silences of the analytic hour. His book is replete with experience-near vignettes and contains numerous pearls of clinical wisdom. It is bound to become another classic in the Akhtar tradition!'
- Ira Brenner, MD, Training and Supervising Analyst, Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia

'It might seem a matter to be taken for granted; of course, analysts listen to their patients. Far from being so, listening analytically is an essential skill that may take the analyst years to learn and is a skill that would seem to be unteachable. Salman Akhtar has taken up the challenge and demonstrates, in this masterful volume, how complex and multifaceted is this seemingly simple act. He reveals with brilliant clarity the many modes in which the analyst may listen to his patient and listen to himself while with his patient, and he provides the student a theoretical and practical base from which to learn to listen "like an analyst".'
- Herbert J. Schlessinger, Ph.D., Training and Supervising Analyst, Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, New York

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