Bad Feelings: Selected Psychoanalytic Essays

Author(s) : Roy Schafer

Bad Feelings: Selected Psychoanalytic Essays

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2003
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 184
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  • Catalogue No : 17901
  • ISBN 13 : 9781855759190
  • ISBN 10 : 1855759195
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Everyone experiences "bad" feelings - guilt, shame, humiliation, envy and more. Yet despite the fact that such emotions are a common occurrence, these painful feelings are often labelled as wrong, a moralistic determination that can complicate existing problems in the individual's emotional life. Through careful research and assessment of psychoanalytical methods, this book offers a new understanding of how painful emotional states can find relief through the talking cure.

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'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

About the Author(s)

Roy Schafer has sixty years of experience as a psychoanalytic therapist, during which time he has been an active teacher in his own Institutes and a guest lecturer and teacher in many others in the U.S. He has contributed to numerous English language psychoanalytic journals and his books and articles have been translated into several languages. He has held academic positions as Clinical Professor at Yale and Cornell University Medical Schools. He was the first Freud Memorial Professor 1975-76 at University College London. He has received many honours from his colleagues and in 2009 the International Psychoanalytical Association honoured him with its prestigious Scientific Achievement Award.

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