A Psychotherapy for the People: Toward a Progressive Psychoanalysis

Author(s) : Lewis Aron, Author(s) : Karen E. Starr

A Psychotherapy for the People: Toward a Progressive Psychoanalysis

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2013
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 360
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Category 2 :
    Individual Psychotherapy
  • Catalogue No : 33362
  • ISBN 13 : 9780415529990
  • ISBN 10 : 0415529999

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Inspired by the progressive and humanistic origins of psychoanalysis, Lewis Aron and Karen Starr pursue Freud's call for a psychotherapy for the people. They present a cultural history that focuses on how psychoanalysis has always defined itself in relation to an other. At first, that other was hypnosis and suggestion; later it became psychotherapy. The authors trace a series of binary oppositions, each defined hierarchically, which have plagued the history of psychoanalysis. Tracing reverberations of racism, anti-Semitism, misogyny, and homophobia, they show that psychoanalysis, associated with phallic-masculinity, penetration, heterosexuality, autonomy, and culture, was defined in opposition to suggestion and psychotherapy, which were seen as promoting dependence, feminine passivity, and relationality. In this radical tour-de-force, Aron and Starr deconstruct these dichotomies, leading the way for a return to Freud's progressive vision, in which psychoanalysis, defined broadly and flexibly, is revitalized for a new era.

About the Author(s)

Lewis Aron, Ph.D. is director of the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. He has served as President of the Division of Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association; founding President of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP); founding President of the Division of Psychologist-Psychoanalysts of the New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA). He holds a Diplomate in Psychoanalysis from the American Board of Professional Psychology and is a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and of the Academy of Psychoanalysis. Dr. Aron is the author and editor of numerous scholarly articles and books including A Meeting of Minds. He was one of the founders, and is an Associate Editor of the journal, Psychoanalytic Dialogues and is the co-editor of the Relational Perspectives Book Series, Routledge.

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