Identification in Psychoanalysis: A Comprehensive Introduction

Author(s) : Jean Florence

Identification in Psychoanalysis: A Comprehensive Introduction

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : April 2021
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 234
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 95576
  • ISBN 13 : 9780367354855
  • ISBN 10 : 9780367354
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This fascinating book offers an in-depth exploration of the gradual development of the concept of identification as it has evolved in the Freudian tradition of psychoanalysis.

Featuring a detailed review of the key Freudian texts, referencing them in their original German, this volume demonstrates how psychoanalysis sheds light on the richness and complexity of the identification process in human psychology, at both the individual and collective levels. The author closely follows the various reformulations of the theory - undertaken by Freud in the course of three different periods - and contextualises them within her clinical experience with various pathologies and her observations of the development of individuals, revealing throughout the great extent to which this fundamental process is unconscious.

Providing a critical examination of a fundamental Freudian concept, this volume is not only a teaching manual serving specifically to train psychoanalysts and psychotherapists but is also an important read for anyone interested in human sciences, philosophy and the history of psychoanalysis.

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"This book covers new ground within psychoanalytical scholarship. As few psychoanalysts, if any, have written systematically about this subject, Professeur Florence's work fills an important gap in the literature." - Brett Kahr, practising psychoanlayst, UK.

About the Author(s)

Jean Florence is a psychotherapies based in Belgium. As a professor at the UCL between 1973 and 2007, he taught psychology, the psychology of dramatic art, and clinical psychology and psychoanalysis and became Professor Emeritus in 2007. He was President of the Belgian School of Psychoanalysis from 1982 to 1990 and from 1993 to 1997.

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