Psychoanalysis Comparable and Incomparable: The Evolution of a Method to Describe and Compare Psychoanalytic Approaches

Editor : David Tuckett

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Psychoanalysis Comparable and Incomparable: The Evolution of a Method to Describe and Compare Psychoanalytic Approaches

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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : January 2008
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 26953
  • ISBN 13 : 9780415451437
  • ISBN 10 : 0415451434
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How do we know when what is happening between two people should be called psychoanalysis? What is a psychoanalytic process and how do we know when one is taking place? Psychoanalysis Comparable and Incomparable describes the rationale and ongoing development of a six year programme of highly original meetings conducted by the European Psychoanalytic Federation Working party on comparative clinical methods. The project comprises over seventy cases discussed by more than five hundred experienced psychoanalysts over the course of sixty workshops. Authored by a group of leading European psychoanalysts, this book explores ways for psychoanalysts using different approaches to learn from each other when they present their work to each other, and provides tools for the individual practitioner to examine and improve his own approach. As described in detail in its pages, sticking to the task led to some surprising experiences, raising fundamental questions about the way clinical discussion and supervision are conducted in psychoanalysis. Well known by many in the psychoanalytic community and the object of much interest and debate, this project is described by those who have had the closest contact with it and will satisfy a widely held curiosity in psychoanalysts and psychotherapists throughout the world.

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As described in detail in its pages, sticking to the task led to some surprising experiences, raising fundamental questions about the way clinical discussion and supervision are conducted in psychoanalysis. Well known by many in the psychoanalytic community and the object of much interest and debate, this project is described by those who have had the closest contact with it and will satisfy a widely held curiosity in psychoanalysts and psychotherapists throughout the world.

'This extraordinary volume describes the enormous progress made by an ongoing international scientific effort to help analysts identify a core of the psychoanalytic process that is compatible with the variety of theories and techniques that now exists in the international community...I know of no project more important than this one for the future of psychoanalysis. Each chapter is filled with ideas, and every working analyst will come away from this book stimulated to think in new and interesting ways about his or her own clinical activity.'
- Arnold M. Cooper, Professor Emeritus in Consultation-Liaison psychiatry at the Weill Cornell Medical College and the Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic

Table of Contents
Birksted Breen, Introductory Foreword. Tuckett, On Difference, Discussing Differences and Comparison: An Introduction. Denis, In Praise of Empiricism. Bohm, Before the Method, Underestimating the Problem and the Meeting in Prague. Jemstedt, The Sorrento Experience: Chaos Replaced by Too Much Structure. Hinz, Some Reflections on the Problems of Comparison and Difference in the Light of Doubts and Enthusiasms. Tuckett, Reflection and Evolution: Developing the 2-Step Method. Birksted Breen, Ferro, Mariotti, Work in Progress: Using the 2-Step Method. Schubert, Experiences of Participating: Group Processes and Group Dynamics. Basile, Ferro, Some Surprises: A New Style for Case Discussion? Tuckett, Reflection and Comparison: Some Final Remarks. Tuckett, Appendix: The Origins of the EPF "New" Scientific Policy and Early History of the Working Party.

The contributors to this book are a group of leading European Psychoanalysts asked by the European Psychoanalytic Federation (EPF) to form a working party devoted to understanding and comparing the different ways psychoanalysts work. They include among their number the current and former Editor of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and the former editor of the Revue Francaise de Psychoanalyse. Between them they have contributed numerous books and scientific articles in English and other languages.

About the Editor(s)

David Tuckett is Fellow of the Institute of Psychoanalysis and Professor at University College London, UK. Recently honoured with a Sigourney Award for Psychoanalysis, the highest prize in the field, Professor Tuckett has brought together his initial training as an Economist with his subsequent work in Sociology and Psychoanalysis to initiate a new line of research; the significance of which has been recognised with recent invitations to speak at the Global Economic Symposium and the Global Risks Network of the World Economic Forum. Previously Principal of the Health Education Studies Unit at Cambridge University and Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, he is the author of many papers and several highly successful books.

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