Psychoanalysis, Class and Politics: Encounters in the Clinical Setting

Editor : Lynne Layton, Editor : Susan Gutwill, Editor : Nancy Caro Hollander

Psychoanalysis, Class and Politics: Encounters in the Clinical Setting

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Do political concerns belong in psychodynamic treatment? How do class and politics shape the unconscious? The effects of an increasingly polarized, insecure and threatening world mean that the ideologically enforced split between the political order and personal life is becoming difficult to sustain. This book explores the impact of the social and political domains at the individual level. The contributions included in this volume describe how issues of class and politics, and the intense emotions they engender, emerge in the clinical setting and how psychotherapists can respectfully address them rather than deny their significance. They demonstrate how clinicians need to take into account the complex convergences between psychic and social reality in the clinical setting in order to help their patients understand the anxiety, fear, insecurity and anger caused by the complex relations of class and power.

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This examination of the psychodynamics of terror and aggression and the unconscious defences employed to deny reality offers powerful insights into the microscopic unconscious ways that ideology is enacted and lived. "Psychoanalysis, Class and Politics" will be of interest to all mental health professionals interested in improving their understanding of the ideological factors that impede or facilitate critical and engaged citizenship. It has a valuable contribution to make to the psychoanalytic enterprise, as well as to related scholarly and professional disciplines.

Contents: "Layton, Hollander, Gutwill," Psychoanalysis, Class and Politics: Encounters in the Clinical Setting. "Samuels," Introduction Working Directly with Political, Social and Cultural Material in the Therapy Session. "Dimen," Money, Love, and Hate: Contradiction and Paradox in Psychoanalysis. "Layton," That Place Gives Me the Heebie Jeebies. "Peltz," The Manic Society. "Hollander, Gutwill," Despair and Hope in a Culture of Denial. "Gutwill, Hollander," Class and Splitting in the Clinical Setting: The Ideological Dance in the Transference and Countertransference. "Layton," Attacks on Linking: The Unconscious Pull to Dissociate Individuals from their Social Context. "Walls," The Normative Unconscious and the Political Contexts of Change in Psychotherapy. "Walls," Racism, Classism, Psychosis and Self-image in the Analysis of a Woman. "Katz," The Beheading of America: Reclaiming Our Minds. "Hollander," Psychoanalysis and the Problem of the Bystander in Times of Terror. "Altman, Benjamin, Jacobs, Wachtel, "Is Politics the Last Taboo in Psychoanalysis? A Roundtable Discussion. "Geffner," Moderated. "Dimen," Response to Roundtable: Something's Gone Missing. "Samuels," Response to Roundtable: Politics and/or/in/for Psychoanalysis. "White," Response to Roundtable: What Dare We (Not) Do? Psychoanalysis: A Voice in Politics? "Geffner," Political Identity: A Personal Postscript.

About the Editor(s)

Nancy Caro Hollander, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita at California State University, faculty and member of the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies, and is in clinical practice in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-author of Psychoanalysis, Class, and Politics: Encounters in the Clinical Setting (Routledge, 2006).

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