An Experience-based Vision of Psychoanalytic Theory and Practice

Author(s) : Joseph D. Lichtenberg, Author(s) : James L. Fosshage, Author(s) : Frank Lachmann

An Experience-based Vision of Psychoanalytic Theory and Practice

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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : March 2021
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 142
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 95528
  • ISBN 13 : 9780367543471
  • ISBN 10 : 9780367543

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An Experience-based Vision of Psychoanalytic Theory and Practice looks at each individual as a motivated doer doing, seeking, feeling, and intending, and relates development, sense of self, and identity to changes that are brought about in analytic psychotherapy.

Based on conceptualizing experience as it is lived from infancy throughout life, this book identifies three major pathways to development and applies Lichtenberg, Lachmann, and Fosshage's experience-based vision to psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Using detailed clinical narratives and vignettes, as well as organizational studies, the book takes up the distinction between a person's responding to a failure in achieving a goal with disappointment and seeking an alternative path, or with disillusion and a collapse in motivation.

From the variety of topics covered, the reader will get a broad overview of an experience-based analytic conception of motivation begun with Lichtenberg's seven motivational systems. This title will be of great interest to established psychoanalysts, as well as those training in psychoanalysis and clinical counselling psychology programs.

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"It's hard to imagine that in this seventh co-authored book, Lichtenberg, Lachmann, and Fosshage have managed to create a thoroughly fresh vision of the psychoanalytic engagement, distinct not only from what other contributors have brought to us, but also distinct from their own past writings. Presenting, as they themselves write, '...a new synthesis of motivation, development, nonlinear emotional influences, and relational aspects of the psychoanalytic process...' Lichtenberg, Lachmann, and Fosshage now move to an enhanced focus on lived experience, on what it feels like for the 'doer-doing' as he or she moves into relating, creating, living, and breathing. Their novel and expert focus on the nonverbal, their exquisite elaborations on affect-tone and ambiance, generates a new appreciation of what the trio have already brought to us in terms of motivation and development. For example, I call attention to the clinical and conceptual distinction they make between disappointment and disillusionment. And, as always, there is an abundance of beautifully rendered clinical material. In all, this is a fascinating volume. It is ground-breaking and truly interdisciplinary in the best sense of the term. I can only add: these three have done it again!" - Estelle Shane, PhD, Board Member and Training and Supervising Analyst, Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles.

About the Author(s)

Joseph D. Lichtenberg, M.D., is Editor-in-Chief of Psychoanalytic Inquiry, Director Emeritus of the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, past President of the International Council for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, and member of the Program Committee of the American Psychoanalytic Association. He has authored and edited numerous books and articles, including Craft and Spirit: A Guide to the Exploratory Psychotherapies (Analytic Press, 2005) and Sensuality and Sexuality across the Divide of Shame (Analytic Press, 2007).

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James L. Fosshage, Ph.D., is past President of the International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology; Cofounder, Board Director, and faculty member, National Institute for the Psychotherapies, NYC; founding faculty member, Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, NYC; and Clinical Professor of Psychology, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. He has authored over ninety psychoanalytic publications, including six books.

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Frank M. Lachmann, Ph.D., is a founding faculty member of the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, Training and Supervising Analyst, Postgraduate Center for Mental Health, and Clinical Assistant Professor at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. He has contributed over 100 articles to the journal literature, and is author of Transforming Aggression (Aronson, 2000), and co-author of Self and Motivational Systems (Analytic Press, 1992), The Clinical Exchange (Analytic Press, 1996), and Infant Research and Adult Treatment (Analytic Press, 2002).

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