Destructiveness, Intersubjectivity and Trauma: The Identity Crisis of Modern Psychoanalysis

Author(s) : Werner Bohleber

Part of The Developments in Psychoanalysis series - more in this series

Destructiveness, Intersubjectivity and Trauma: The Identity Crisis of Modern Psychoanalysis

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2010
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 272
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  • Catalogue No : 27806
  • ISBN 13 : 9781855756724
  • ISBN 10 : 1855756722
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'At last we have a book that provides a comprehensive overview and assessment of the intersubjective turn in psychoanalysis, showing its logical and clinical limitations and exploring its social and cultural determinants. Bohleber emphasizes the clinical importance of real traumatic experience along with the analysis of the transference as he reviews and broadens psychoanalytic theories of memory in relation to advances in cognitive psychology and neuroscience. Psychoanalytic ideas on personality, adolescence and identity are re-thought and updated. Bohleber brilliantly presents a unique understanding of malignant narcissism and prejudice in relation to European anti-Semitism and to contemporary religiously inspired terrorist violence.'

- Cyril Levitt, Dr Phil, Professor and former Chair Department of Sociology, McMaster University Hamilton, Ontario. Psychoanalyst in private practice, Toronto, Ontario

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'Bohleber's thoroughly theoretically grounded psychoanalytic approach gives one hope for the future of the discipline. The book is highly intelligent, makes psychoanalysis relevant to some of the deepest intellectual quandaries of our generation including the nature of the bipersonal field, the impact of interpersonal violence on human development, the ideologies that permit and possibly fuel such violence and the cultural forces that are unconsciously at work making all of us potential perpetrators as well as victims.

Bohleber's book is a gem. It is the product of one of the most creative psychoanalytic minds of our generation. It purposefully avoids the extreme, is rooted in a balanced portrayal that eschews rhetoric or other attempts at short-circuiting serious balanced enquiry. It stands as a testament to the values within psychoanalysis that it celebrates, to resist idealisation and the destructiveness which it skirts.'
- Peter Fonagy PhD FBA, Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis, Head of the Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, University College London, Chief Executive, The Anna Freud Centre, London

About the Author(s)

Werner Bohleber, Dr Phil, is psychoanalyst in private practice in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He is a training and supervising analyst, and a former President of the German Psychoanalytical Association (DPV).

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