Freud and the Changing World: Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Its Troubles

Author(s) : Stefano Bolognini, Author(s) : Luca Nicoli

Freud and the Changing World: Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Its Troubles

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  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : September 2024
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 240
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  • Catalogue No : 97716
  • ISBN 13 : 9781800132801
  • ISBN 10 : 1800132808

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A highly original, convivial dialogue between two leading psychoanalysts invites the reader to pause and reflect on current transformations and emotional affects in a changing world. Two analysts of different generations dialogue openly on the psychoanalytic experience, the relationship between patient and analyst, and the setting that continually comes to life in the session. Key themes discussed include social changes, the need to emotionally tune in to the distrust of today’s patients, online therapies, public mental health services, and new forms of sexuality and relationships. The heart of the book deals with major changes in psychoanalysis, whereby ‘how’ to talk to patients and how to approach them is just as important as ‘what’ is said in the consulting room. The limited use of technical terms promotes the book’s usability in every chapter and makes it accessible to every type of reader. Where technical terms are inescapable, a useful glossary is provided to explain these key concepts, providing clarity and understanding of the psychoanalytic field. The perfect book to illuminate the continuing contribution of psychoanalysis to the world.

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Freud and the Changing World: Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Its Troubles is a much-needed overview of the psychoanalytic enterprise as we know it today. Stefano Bolognini and Luca Nicoli have written a brilliant synopsis of where we stand today and where we need to go if we wish to advance our field. I highly recommend this book for all psychoanalysts and those who care about our profession.’
Glen O. Gabbard, MD, training and supervising analyst, Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, Houston, Texas

‘In this slim volume we meet Stefano Bolognini as the ego ideal for contemporary psychoanalysts. He is wise in a humane and psychoanalytic sense and integrates what is meaningful from our psychoanalytic forefathers with recent perspectives. His understanding of psychoanalytic concepts is exemplary, while his elaborations of certain ideas help the clinician understand them with greater depth. He uses his wide-ranging knowledge (from Cicero to Sylvester the cat) as bridges to elaborate psychoanalytic ideas. It is a pleasure and enlightening to spend several hours with this sagacious analyst. Luca Nicoli serves as an inspiring interlocuter.’
Fred Busch, training and supervising analyst, Boston Psychoanalytic Institute; author of many papers and eight books

‘This book, cast in the form of an intimate dialogue, stands as a delightful reminder to psychoanalysts of all levels of experience and to the general public, that far from being in crisis, or even dead, the psychoanalysis of the twenty-first century still has much to offer as both a therapy and as a powerful perspective from which to explore the human condition. As noted in the introduction, it is the “red thread of a reflection on contemporaneity [that] guides the development of all the chapters of the book: both in referring to the characteristics and critical issues that define the global context in which we live, and in pointing out clearly what it can mean to ‘do psychoanalysis’ today”.’
Howard B. Levine, editor-in-chief, The Routledge Wilfred R. Bion Studies Book Series

‘Stefano Bolognini and Luca Nicoli offer an insightful and beautifully written view of the cutting edge of psychoanalytic theory and practice. Bolognini is one of the foremost analytic thinkers writing today and a gifted teacher; Nicoli is a keenly observant questioner. In language free of technical terms and free of cliché, Bolognini describes his way of thinking about essential analytic concepts such as the unconscious, the analytic field, transference, countertransference, gender, and the self. In lively dialogue with Nicoli, he describes his way of giving these concepts life in the analytic experience and in the contemporary analytic dialogue. This book is essential reading both for those early in their development as analytic practitioners and experienced therapists and psychoanalysts.’
Thomas Ogden, author of Coming to Life in the Consulting Room and Reclaiming Unlived Life

Table of Contents

About the authors

Paul Newman, patient 2.0 and our present
Stefano Tugnoli

1. The troubles of the present
2. Being together
3. Narcissus on the couch
4. Soul and body
5. Tuning in
6. Abysses of the unconscious
7. Questions of style
8. Psychoanalytic training
9. Offline and online
10. Rough questions
11. The end of the world


About the Author(s)

Stefano Bolognini is a Psychiatrist and a Training and Supervising Analyst and is President of the Italian Psychoanalytic Society. He works and lives in Bologna, and is consultant and supervisor of the Italian National Mental Health Service. He is a member of the European Board of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis.

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Luca Nicoli, is a psychologist and psychoanalyst, a member of the Italian Psychoanalytical Society (SPI) and the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA). He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Rivista di Psicoanalisi (Italian Psychoanalytic Journal). His three books are published in Italian: Amare senza perdersi ('Loving Without Losing Ourselves', 2009), L'Arte di arrabbiarsi ('The Art of Angry', 2012), and Il Sogno ('The Dream', 2014).

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