The Contemporary Freudian Tradition: Past and Present

Editor : Ken Robinson, Editor : Joan Schachter

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The Contemporary Freudian Tradition: Past and Present

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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : September 2020
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 370
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 95328
  • ISBN 13 : 9780367483562
  • ISBN 10 : 9780367483

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This is the first book dedicated to the Contemporary Freudian Tradition. In its introduction, and through its selection of papers, it describes the development and rich diversity of this tradition over recent decades, showing how theory and practice are inseparable in the psychoanalytic treatment of children, adolescents and adults.

The book is organized around four major concerns in the Contemporary Freudian Tradition: the nature of the Unconscious and the ways that it manifests itself; the extension of Freud's theories of development through the work of Anna Freud and later theorists; the body and psychosexuality, including the centrality of bodily experience as it is elaborated over time in the life of the individual; and aggression. It also illustrates how within the Tradition different exponents have been influenced by psychoanalytic thinking outside it, whether from the Kleinian and Independent Groups, or from French Freudian thinking. Throughout the book there is strong emphasis on the clinical setting, in, for example, the value of the Tradition's approach to the complex interrelationship of body and mind in promoting a deeper understanding of somatic symptoms and illnesses and working with them. There are four papers on the subject of dreams within the Contemporary Freudian Tradition, illustrating the continuing importance accorded to dreams and dreaming in psychoanalytic treatment.

This is the only book that describes in detail the family resemblances shared by those working psychoanalytically within the richly diverse Contemporary Freudian Tradition. It should appeal to anyone, from student onwards, who is interested in the living tradition of Freud's work as understood by one of the three major groups within British psychoanalysis.

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"This is a remarkable collection of papers. Each one is worth spending time with individually, while the collection as a whole is an invaluable survey of the Contemporary Freudian tradition. Ken Robinson and Joan Schachter, prominent members of that tradition, have put together almost 20 papers, spanning some 40 years, which address themes such as the unconscious mind; psychic development; the body and psychosexuality; and aggression and destructiveness. Some are acknowledged classics; others may take the reader into new territory. Together they show the evolution over time of Contemporary Freudian thinking and reveal the richness and diversity of what is a central current in today's psychoanalysis." - Dr Michael Parsons is a Fellow Training Analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society.

"This collection of papers of the wide family of Contemporary Freudian Analysts will help all of us, including those in the UK, to keep Freudian Thinking in a lively and creative way. The collection exemplifies the enormous wealth of Contemporary Freudian thinking. Thanks to the efforts of the editors Ken Robinson and Joan Schachter, this book should become obligatory reading for all analysts." - Dr Elisabeth Brainin, member and Training Analyst of the Viennese Psychoanalytic Society.

About the Editor(s)

Ken Robinson is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Newcastle upon Tyne and the Honorary Archivist for the British Psychoanalytical Society. He is a training analyst for trainings in child,adolescent and adult psychotherapy in the North of England and in Scotland. He lectures and teaches in the UK and Europe, and is especially interested in the developmental point of view, the nature of therapeutic action, and the history of psychoanalysis. His most recent publication is a brief history of the British Psychoanalytical Society.

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Dr Joan Schächter is a Training and Supervising Analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society. She trained in medicine and psychiatry before specialising in psychotherapy in the NHS, first in the Cassel Hospital and subsequently at Parkside Clinic where she worked as a consultant psychotherapist for twenty-four years. She also worked at the Brent Adolescent Centre for three years and was part of a research project investigating breakdown in young adults at the Anna Freud Centre. She now works in private psychoanalytic practice with adults, and is actively involved in teaching and training. She has published in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and contributed chapters to two books on A Psychoanalytic Understanding of Violence and Suicide and Female Experience: Four Generations of British Women Psychoanalysts on Work with Women.

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