Psychoanalytic Credo: Personal and Professional Journeys of Psychoanalysts

Editor : Jill Salberg

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Psychoanalytic Credo: Personal and Professional Journeys of Psychoanalysts

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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : February 2022
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 2252
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  • Catalogue No : 96031
  • ISBN 13 : 9781032054728
  • ISBN 10 : 1032054727
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Developing a psychoanalytic credo, a set of beliefs that inform how you listen and approach the analytic enterprise with patients, is in many ways the scaffolding of psychoanalytic training. Drawing upon Mannie Ghent's original Credo essay, twenty-seven psychoanalysts were asked to write their credo and/or their psychoanalytic journey.

This book represents a multi-theoretical and multi-generational grouping, trained at different institutes, during different eras (grouped by decades 1960-2000) and across cultures. They are drawn from analysts identified with Relational, Object Relations, Contemporary Freudians and Kleinian/Bionian perspectives as well as those who don't easily fit categorization.

This book serves to provide companionship to analysts in training, as part of reading lists in institutes as well as analysts post-training and yet still evolving in their psychoanalytic journey.

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"Psychoanalytic Credo is an extraordinary psychoanalytic book. Editor Jill Salberg has assembled a group of highly influential psychoanalysts who have played a major role in shaping what we think of as contemporary psychoanalytic thought. They are wonderfully candid in describing their personal journeys. Indeed, many of them are personal friends of mine, yet I found myself reading fascinating stories that I had never heard before. All describe their struggles to define what kind of analyst they would ultimately become. I was deeply moved as I heard their stories and found myself identifying with so much of what they said. This book is a must read for those who care about the future of psychoanalysis. I consider Psychoanalytic Credos one of the major contributions to our field." - Glen O. Gabbard, MD, Author of Love and Hate in the Analytic Setting

"Psychoanalytic Credo is a beautiful and embracing book. Inviting analysts to reflect upon their evolving mission and vision, its query is located at the nexus of ethics, theory, culture, reason and faith. In welcoming commentary from diverse perspectives, international thinkers, eminent elders and from more youthful social critics, this text is both broad and deep. Salberg’s notion should be taken up by us all:  let’s keep writing, reading, and teaching these credos throughout our professional lives." - Dr. Sue Grand, faculty and supervisor at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis; a fellow at the Institute for Psychology and the Other, and a visiting scholar at the Psychoanalytic Institute for Northern California. 

"Jill Salberg provides a rare opportunity to listen in as 27 psychoanalysts, spanning 5 decades, across 4 continents, share how they think about their development and work. The credos assembled here vividly convey the fashioning of psychoanalytic identities and what each analyst holds dear. A wonderful way to hear the prosody of psychoanalytic practices." - Dodi Goldman is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the William Alanson White Institute and author of A Beholder’s Share: essays on Winnicott and the psychoanalytic imagination

"In Jill Salberg’s lovingly curated collection of credos, we have a veritable Canterbury Tales of psychoanalysis. Each voice in turn holds us in its spell as we hear of the roads these pilgrims have traveled. To accompany all twenty-seven wayfarers on their journeys spanning more than fifty years of psychoanalytic history is to witness the intergenerational transmission of ideas as well as the transmigration of souls in our field." - Peter L. Rudnytsky, University of Florida and Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute.

About the Editor(s)

Jill Salberg, Ph.D., is an adjunct clinical associate professor at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and a member of the faculty at the Stephen A. Mitchell Center for Relational Psychoanalysis. In addition, she is on the faculty of the National Institute for the Psychotherapies and a training supervisor at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy. She has published articles in Psychoanalytic Dialogues and Studies in Gender and Sexuality and has contributed chapters to The Jewish World of Sigmund Freud and Answering a Question with a Question: Judaism and Contemporary Psychoanalysis.

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