Miss-ing: Psychoanalysis 2.0

Author(s) : Bruce Fink

Miss-ing: Psychoanalysis 2.0

Book Details

  • Publisher : Aeon Books
  • Published : May 2024
  • Pages : 352
  • Category :
    Lacanian Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 97766
  • ISBN 13 : 9781801521338
  • ISBN 10 : 1801521336
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A collection of essays and pensées from a noted psychoanalyst and Lacanian thinker.

Inspired by Jacques Lacan's idea in his Seminar VI that "Human beings cannot help but consider themselves to be [. . .] missing something" this series of essays explores the idea of lack under multiple themes.

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This superb collection of papers offers not only focused discussions of specific topics in Lacanian psychoanalysis but also a general introduction to the Lacanian psychoanalytic approach. The book will be of special interest to those trained in other modalities of the talking therapies, as Fink compares and contrasts Lacanian perspectives with mainstream object relations paradigms, showing areas of intersection and difference. Highly recommended for anyone working today in the field of analytic and psychotherapeutic practice.
Darian Leader, psychoanalyst at the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research, London

From a place of lack, from what is missing, from a thing of nothing, there emerges the creative power of transformation. With originality, verve, and wit, this clinically perceptive, compelling book by Bruce Fink, a distinguished psychoanalyst and eminent theoretician, generously reveals the ins and outs of the life-changing potential of psychoanalytic work. Precise, readable, teachable, illuminating -unmissable!
Patricia Gherovici, psychoanalyst and author

With Miss-ing: Psychoanalysis 2.0, the brilliant psychoanalyst and translator Bruce Fink deftly demonstrates how various forms of 'missing' are central to human existence. From repression to love to the artifices of the imaginary to supervision, with his usual clarity and engaging writing Fink makes no misstep in covering a wide variety of topics crucial to psychoanalytic theory and practice. To miss out on this book would be a big mistaker!
Stephanie Swales, Lacanian psychoanalyst and Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Dallas

This generous collection of essays, interviews, and epigrams exhibits all the virtues that have enabled Bruce Fink to become by far the most esteemed scholar, translator, and practitioner working in the Lacanian field today. Whether reflecting on clinical issues, theoretical questions, or the challenges of translating Lacan into English, his views are invariably insightful, consistently accessible, and subtly beguiling. For these reasons, and because I cannot find anything amiss in this book's thoroughly enjoyable survey of misses, I have no misgivings about stating that it is not to be missed!
Dany Nobus, Professor of Psychoanalytic Psychology, Brunel University London

Table of Contents

1. On the Value of the Lacanian Approach to Analytic Practice

2. Transference Revisited: How Neurotic and Psychotic Patients Use Us Differently

3. The Many Faces of the Imaginary

Miss-ing You
4. Love, Warts and All

Mutual Missing (Mis[T] Sexual Relationship)
5. Notions of Love in Lacan’s Later Work

Something is a-Miss
6. Why People Aren’t What They Seem to Be, or What Freud Teaches Us About Repression

Case Dis-miss(ed)
7. The Slings and Arrows of Outrageous Fortune

8. What Makes Translating Lacan’s Work So Difficult
9. Lacan in “Translation”

10. The Emphasis on the Unconscious Is Back
11. A Lacanian Approach to Freud
12. Why Freud? Why Psychoanalysis?

13. Comments at the Book Launch for A Clinical Introduction to Freud (2017)
14. Introduction to Seminar VI
15. Brief Remarks Made at the 25th Anniversary of A Clinical Introduction to Lacanian Psychoanalysis

16. Review of Elisabeth Roudinesco's Biography Entitled Jacques Lacan (New York: Columbia University Press, 1997)

17. A Few Notes on Supervision
18. Afterthoughts: Maxims and Quotes


About the Author(s)

Bruce Fink is a Lacanian psychoanalyst and supervisor who trained in France with the psychoanalytic institute Jacques Lacan created shortly before his death, the Ecole de la Cause Freudienne in Paris. He has translated several of Lacan's works into English - including Ecrits, The Names-of-the-Father, The Triumph of Religion, and Seminars VI, VIII, XVI, and XX - and is the author of numerous books on Lacan, including The Lacanian Subject, A Clinical Introduction to Lacanian Psychoanalysis, Lacan to the Letter, Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Technique, Against Understanding (2 volumes), and Lacan on Love. More recently, he published A Clinical Introduction to Freud: Techniques for Everyday Practice. A board member of the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center, he has also penned several mysteries involving a character loosely based on Jacques Lacan: The Psychoanalytic Adventures of Inspector Canal, Death by Analysis, Odor di Murderer/Scent of a Killer, The Purloined Love, and most recently The Da Vinci Staircase: Love and Turbulence in the Loire Valley. His books have been translated into over a dozen languages.

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