How the Mind Works: Concepts and Cases in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

Author(s) : Kevin Volkan, Author(s) : Vamik D. Volkan

How the Mind Works: Concepts and Cases in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

Book Details

  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : 2023
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 270
  • Category :
  • Category 2 :
    Individual Psychotherapy
  • Catalogue No : 97100
  • ISBN 13 : 9781800131996
  • ISBN 10 : 9781800131

Reviews and Endorsements

Kevin and Vamik Volkan’s new book, How the Mind Works: Concepts and Cases in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, is a significant and welcome addition to the literature. It brings both depth and reach, presenting varied new perspectives without jettisoning important elements of classical approaches. Of particular value is the authors’ ability to span inner and outer, psyche and culture, unconscious fantasy and reality, intrapsychic with small and large group processes, and transgenerational traumatic elements with individual and cultural dimensions of the here and now. The authors see psychoanalysis as an ever-evolving “living profession,” and they have resisted the temptation to dogmatize while not throwing out the baby with the bathwater. This is a rich and worthwhile book.
Joseph Bobrow, PhD, psychoanalyst and author of ‘Zen and Psychotherapy: Partners in Liberation’

This textbook on psychoanalysis offers the reader both a historical lens and a current one, incorporating issues such as the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, of telephone and virtual sessions, and of the war in Ukraine. The authors’ in-depth case examples illustrate fundamental constructs of psychoanalytic principles in a clear and cogent manner. Vamık Volkan’s profound conceptualization of large-group identity gives the reader a unique understanding of human development with clarity and poignant examples. Kevin Volkan’s framing of analytic theory with a cultural lens brings clarity to dynamics familiar to all mental health professionals in an understandable manner. Each chapter contains pearls of wisdom that can be appreciated by seasoned training analysts as well as those new to analytic thinking. The meaning and limitations of confidentiality in the virtual world of today is timely and essential for all practicing analytic therapists to understand and appreciate. Addressing how organizations and groups can be understood using the analytic lens that the Volkans focus on can be of value to leaders of all types of groups, corporations, and countries. This book is a gift to all people interested in the human mind, co-authored by two gifted deep thinkers. It can’t be recommended highly enough. A text for all seasons, a book for all reasons, for everyone interested in deepening one’s understanding of analytic thinking.
Richard Beck, LCSW, BCD, CGP, AGPA-F, President, International Association for Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes, 2018–2022

In this book, Kevin Volkan and Vamık Volkan update psychoanalytic knowledge about how the mind works while preserving the basic foundation of psychoanalysis. In a clear way they illustrate the link between the psychosocial realm and clinical work, bringing our attention to how major external events play a role in shaping individuals’ internal worlds and psychological functions. Regardless what kind of theoretical or technical ideas the reader may have, he or she will find this book a significant contribution in helping clinicians solidify their therapeutic identities.
Işıl Vahip, M. D., retired professor of psychiatry, Ege University, Izmir, Turkey; a training and supervising psychoanalyst, Istanbul Psychoanalytic Association for Training, Research and Development; founder and president, Izmir Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Association

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