Paradigms in Psychoanalysis: An Integration

Author(s) : Marco Bacciagaluppi

Paradigms in Psychoanalysis: An Integration

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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2012
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 320
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  • Catalogue No : 31979
  • ISBN 13 : 9781780490243
  • ISBN 10 : 1780490240

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This book aims at making explicit the scientific theories, termed paradigms, that the author has found useful in psychoanalysis. It lists nine paradigms: genetics, neurobiology, attachment theory, infant research, trauma, their relational model, the family system, the socio-cultural level, and prehistory. These nine paradigms are presented in as many chapters.

Special attention is devoted to attachment theory, which the author considers to be the most powerful conceptual tool at the disposal of the psychoanalyst. He also covers trauma, the relational model – with special reference to Ferenczi, Bowlby and Fromm. He explores the effect of cultural evolution, with the advent of agriculture, on family and character structures and the resulting discontinuity with the individual, or group’s inborn needs, giving rise to an unnatural environment, and thus to psychopathology and pathology at a social level, such as war.

The consequence of these combined factors gives rise to the need for psychotherapy, this is explored, together with the role of the therapist and the therapy of psychoses, The author believes that, at a social level, psychotherapy may contribute the re-emergence of society’s innate cooperative and care-giving maternal culture.

This title will be found to be of great interest to the psychoanalyst and psychotherapist alike.

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'Paradigms in Psychoanalysis is a tour de force in which the author weaves together the story of the unique contributions of Fromm, Ferenczi, and Bowlby - the radicals ostracised by psychoanalysis - who have provided the cornerstone, along with Sullivan, of contemporary relational psychoanalysis. Bacciagaluppi has skilfully linked the work of these pioneers to contemporary developments in neuroscience, infant research, attachment theory, and the contribution they make to our understanding of relational trauma. He argues that the origins of the "relational turn in psychoanalysis" are identified in Ferenczi, namely (1) the loving approach to the patient, (2) the possibility that the analyst can make mistakes and the necessity to acknowledge them, and (3) the reciprocity of the analyst-patient relationship, illustrating this in numerous clinical examples. It is an ambitious project that is not only a historical analysis, but also informs us, as clinicians, about these critical antecedents to the relational approach, putting it into both a social and cultural context demonstrating unequivocally that "attachment theory is the most powerful conceptual tool we have at our disposal in psychoanalysis".'
- Kate White, a founding member of The Bowlby Centre, London, and Acting Editor of Attachment: New Directions in Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

'In his brilliant new book, Marco Bacciagaluppi shows how psychoanalysis may have been rescued from the tomb of its own creation, especially by three early rebels - Ferenczi, Fromm, and Bowlby.'
- Richard Brockman, MD, Associate Clinical Professor, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

'Marco Bacciagaluppi ably leads us through the scientific neighbourhoods that border psychoanalytic thought and shows how they both inform and may be informed by psychoanalysis. I highly recommend this superb volume.'
- Mark Erickson, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of Washington School of Medicine

'This is a kind of work that will remain for years in the reading list of psychoanalytic schools on both sides of the Atlantic, and also in the bookshelves of clinicians interested in understanding the guiding principles of their work.'
- Carlo Filiaci, Past Secretary, AAPDP (American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry)

'The author turns out to be a specialist especially in Erich Fromm. Actually, both have in common the capacity to see beyond one's own nose and integrate other approaches and paradigms - as for instance Bowlby's attachment theory or the findings of the neurosciences.'
- Rainer Funk, Literary Executor of Erich Fromm, Tübingen, Germany

'Paradigms in Psychoanalysis is a masterful attempt by Dr Bacciagaluppi to integrate the various models of the mind in a cohesive manner, accessible to researchers and practitioners alike.'
- Clarice J. Kestenbaum, MD, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University

'The knowledge base that supports the clinical practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy has expanded greatly over the past century, and Paradigms is built upon foundational work that has stood the test of time.'
- Gerald P. Perman, MD, Editor, Academy Forum

About the Author(s)

Marco Bacciagaluppi graduated at the University of Milan Medical School and then received postgraduate training in genetics and radiobiology at the Department of Genetics of the University of Pavia, in psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Milan and at New York Medical College, and in sociology at the New School for Social Research, New York. After psychoanalytic training, since 1999 he has co-operated in organising thirteen Joint Meetings between the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry (AAPDP) and the Organizzazione di Psicoanalisti Italiani – Federazione e Registro (OPIFER). He is a Fellow of AAPDP, Founding President of OPIFER, Honorary Member of the International Erich Fromm Society (IEFS), Member of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) Section on Psychotherapy, and Member of the Associazione Culturale Sándor Ferenczi (ACSF). He has recently published Paradigms in Psychoanalysis (Karnac Books, 2012).

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