Psychoanalysis of the Psychoanalytic Frame Revisited: A New Look at José Bleger’s Classic Work

Author(s) : Carlos Moguillansky, Author(s) : Howard B. Levine

Part of the The International Psychoanalytical Association Contemporary Freud: Turning Points and Critical Issues Series series and The International Psychoanalytical Association Psychoanalytic Classics Revisited series

Psychoanalysis of the Psychoanalytic Frame Revisited: A New Look at José Bleger’s Classic Work

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : July 2022
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 166
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 96679
  • ISBN 13 : 9781032172064
  • ISBN 10 : 9781032172
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Psychoanalysis of the Psychoanalytic Frame Revisited provides an in-depth discussion of José Bleger’s work, broadening current knowledge and focusing on his significant contribution to psychoanalytic thinking. This work should prove especially relevant in considering the implications of changes in the treatment setting forced by the Covid pandemic.

This edited collection proposes a current debate on José Bleger's ideas on the psychoanalytic setting. The contributors here provide a broad overview of current discussions about the analytic setting, its clinical expressions and its technical management, engaging and transforming the concept of "encuadre" (frame). The book covers topics including early experiences, the psychoanalytic setting, symbiosis and applications in a pandemic. A common thread, Bleger's brilliant intuition, runs through the book, and the tense relationship between the frame and the figure maintains its dynamics throughout.

Psychoanalysis of the Psychoanalytic Frame Revisited will be of great interest to psychoanalysts in practice and in training, as well as anyone seeking to understand the work of José Bleger.

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"The work of José Bleger, articulating with masterly clinical grasp sources going from Pichon-Rivière to Melanie Klein, and from Margaret Mahler to French philosophy, has steadily gained recognition since his early death. The distinguished authors of this volume generously attest to its present relevance." - Jorge L. Ahumada, Member of APA -Argentine Psychoanalytic Association, Training analyst and Former member of the board of Int. J. of Psych.

"With great expertise, Bleger investigated the relationship between the subject and institutions, showing how the family, group and social belonging were organizing factors in the personality. He discovered the importance of the psychoanalytic frame, whose apparent normality may conceal primary links which never achieved representability. His ideas greatly influenced Latin American psychoanalysis." - Jorge Luis Maldonado, member of APDEBA - Psychoanalytical Association of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Training Analyst and Former Vice president of APDEBA.

"Editors and authors of different generations and perspectives craft an illuminating context to meet José Bleger (1923-1972), whose thinking marked a turning point in the conception of the frame in psychoanalysis. Who could resist the temptation to read his seminal essay framed by such creative questions? A reference book." - Haydee Faimberg MD (IPA) Training and Supervising Analyst SPP (France) and APA (Argentina) and International Distinguished Fellow (British Society); author, The Telescoping of Generations: Listening to the Narcissistic Links Between Generations

About the Author(s)

Carlos Moguillansky is MD, Master in culture, Training Analyst, Former Scientific Secretary and President of APDEBA. He is a former member of the board of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and a current member of the IPA Publications Committee. He has also authored papers and books in Spanish, many of them are translated into English, Armenian, Russian, Portuguese and French.

Howard B. Levine is a member of the faculty at the Psychoanalytic Institute of New England East, a member of the faculty and supervising analyst at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis, and is in private practice in Brookline, Massachusetts. He is a founding member of the Group for the Study of Psychoanalytic Process and the Boston Group for Psychoanalytic Studies, Inc.

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