Independent Psychoanalysis Today

Editor : Paul Williams, Editor : John Keene, Editor : Sira Dermen

Independent Psychoanalysis Today

Book Details

  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : September 2012
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 464
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 30530
  • ISBN 13 : 9781855757370
  • ISBN 10 : 1855757370

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Independent Psychoanalysis Today is a book that shows how contemporary Independent psychoanalysts think and work. There are three themes to the book: Independent thinking including the theory of technique; exploration of clinical concepts and demonstrations of ways of working by some of the most prominent Independent clinicians practicing today; finally, the evolution and enduring impact of Independent ideas and the influence of past Independents on present ways of working.

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Contributors: Bernard Barnett, Susan Budd, Sira Dermen, Ann Horne, John Keene, Roger Kennedy, Leon Kleimberg, Gregorio Kohon, Michael Parsons, Rosine Jozef Perelberg, Caroline Polmear, Joan Raphael-Leff, Paul Williams, Kenneth Wright.

'This rich new volume of essays arrives at an auspicious moment in the history of British psychoanalytic thought. The Independent tradition in the British Psychoanalytic Society has unfortunately been linked to a time in the past when the "giants" walked the earth. This splendid collection is a clarion call to the psychoanalytic clinician, a rousing reminder that the Independents are alive and thriving. Indeed, the superb papers in this volume reflect the cutting edge of British thinking. I would highly recommend it to analysts throughout the world who seek an understanding of the current status of the Independent tradition. It will also serve as a stimulating teaching text for students.'
- Glen O. Gabbard, former Joint Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Psychoanalysis

'This book adds a new, stimulating chapter to the fascinating story of Independent psychoanalysis: a very particular phenomenon in the landscape of the psychoanalytic adventure, where love of and closeness to tradition and freedom of innovative investigation are creatively intertwined. Acknowledging the common roots of their psychoanalytic culture allows these authors to look ahead, each of them in their own personal way: the result is comparable to a luxuriant tree with many branches, exploring a variety of topics with the unmistakable attitude, style, and atmosphere of the British Middle Group. My sincere congratulations to the authors of this really wonderful book.'
- Stefano Bolognini, President of the Italian Psychoanalytic Society and President-Elect of the Intrernational Psychoanalytic Association

About the Editor(s)

Paul Williams is a training and supervising analyst with The British Psychoanalytical Society and a member of the Royal Anthropological Institute. He was a consultant psychotherapist in the British National Health Service, retiring in 2010. From 2001-2007 he was Joint Editor-in-Chief, with Glen O. Gabbard, of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis. He has published widely on the subject of severe disturbance. He lives and practises in Hampshire, UK.

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John Keene is a training and supervising analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society and is in full-time private practice. He has taught widely on clinical issues, and on the Independent Tradition and the Controversial Discussions.

Sira Dermen is a training and supervising analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society. She is Honorary Senior Consultant at the Portman Clinic and is in full-time private practice. She has written on violence and perversion.

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