Family and Couple Psychoanalysis: A Global Perspective

Editor : David E. Scharff, Editor : Elizabeth Palacios

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Family and Couple Psychoanalysis: A Global Perspective

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This book explores family interaction and family psychoanalysis from varying standpoints used around the world. It illustrates these with extensive clinical cases discussed from varying perspectives. The book is the first in a series of volumes from the International Psychoanalytical Association’s Working Group on Family and Couple Psychoanalysis, drawn from its ongoing research into comparative theories and methods of working analytically with families and couples, and with varying types of family structure. It also applies lessons from family psychoanalysis to analytic theory and to the practice of individual psychoanalysis.

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‘The presentations in this book provide us with a detailed and engaging experience of the therapeutic process. They push us to widen our horizons, develop our reflexive muscle, check our omnipotence, and increase our capacity to bear uncertainty, even – and especially – when this threatens to tread uncomfortably on the dream-like stories that we might be tempted to weave to cope with the unbearable realities that are often part and parcel of the work we do. Here is a book that links us to ourselves as well as to global perspectives on couple and family psychoanalysis, one that exposes us to the new and unfamiliar as much as to what we think we know. It is a book that unites us in a shared appreciation of what it means to be human, and in the value of striving to promote the best of humanity.’
- Christopher Clulow; from the Series Editor’s Foreword

‘An important aspect to be mentioned regarding this extremely stimulating text is its potential function as a proactive generator of new ideas feeding back into the classical psychoanalytic theory it comes from. This book can rightfully be considered a “foundational contribution” to the study of family and couple psychoanalysis. A great scientific achievement for the psychoanalytic movement, and a great help for both practitioners and patients.’
- Stefano Bolognini, President of the International Psychoanalytical Association; from the Preface

‘By gathering together a variety of theoretical concepts, as well as clinical cases of couple and family psychoanalysis from around the world, this book will become an essential text for all psychoanalysts and psychotherapists. Offering an ideal of excellence in this widened practice of contemporary psychoanalysis, it will be met with interest by all those who appreciate and are involved in this area of human knowledge.’
- Valentin Barenblit, Honorary Professor, Buenos Aires University; Founder and Honorary President of IPSI, Barcelona

About the Editor(s)

David E. Scharff, MD, is Chair of the International Psychoanalytical Association’s Committee on Family and Couple Psychoanalysis; Chair of the Board, Founder and former Director of the International Psychotherapy Institute, Washington, DC; and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in China, and author and editor of numerous books and articles, including The Sexual Relationship, Object Relations Family Therapy (with Jill Savege Scharff), Object Relations Couple Therapy, The Interpersonal Unconscious, and Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy.

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Elizabeth Palacios, MD, is a psychiatrist, adult and child psychoanalyst, and a member of the Child and Adolescent Department in APM (The Psychoanalytic Association of Madrid). She trained in Argentina and Spain in Madrid’s Psychoanalytical Association, and is a member of the IPA’s Committee on Family and Couple Psychoanalysis. She is also the founder, president, professor, and supervising analyst in Aragon’s Society for the Research of Child and Adolescent Psychic Life, and a member of the Spanish Federation of Associations of Psychotherapists. She has published several books and papers on child and adolescent psychoanalysis, and is currently in private practice in Zaragoza, Spain.

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