Hidden Conversations: An Introduction to Communicative Psychoanalysis

Author(s) : David L. Smith

Hidden Conversations: An Introduction to Communicative Psychoanalysis

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 1991
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 318
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 1881
  • ISBN 13 : 9781855753129
  • ISBN 10 : 185575312X
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Hidden Conversations introduces Robert Langs radical reinterpretation of psychoanalysis by presenting and expanding his ideas in new and accessible ways. It is the first clear account of the theories underlying Langs approach, placing them within the context of the history of psychoanalysis and showing, for example, that Freud nearly discovered the communicative approach in the late 1890s, and that in the 1930s Ferenczi also anticipated the method.

David Livingstone Smith illustrates this communicative approach with a wealth of practical detail and clinical examples, including verbatim accounts of communicative psychoanalytical sessions with a commentary on the unconscious processes underlying them.

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'This book can be highly recommended as a clear and concise outline of Lang's work, which will enable more practitioners to examine and evaluate his challenge.'
- Phil Mollon, British Journal of Medical Psychology

'...It seemed worthwhile to go into this book in some detail, because this wants to be the wave of the future.'
- John Rowan, Self and Society

'This is written with great clarity. Smith argues for the importance of scientific scrutiny in psychoanalytic work and shows how the communicative approach lends itself to such study. His arguments for the importance of learning to perceive and decode accurately unconscious communications are compelling and constructive…This book presents many controversial and interesting ideas. I recommend it to practicing psychotherapists.'
- Anne Nightingale, British Journal of Psychiatry

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