Tradition and Change in Psychoanalysis

Author(s) : Roy Schafer

Tradition and Change in Psychoanalysis

Book Details

  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : 1997
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 292
  • Category :
    Reprinting
  • Category 2 :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 2539
  • ISBN 13 : 9781855751552
  • ISBN 10 : 1855751550

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This book traces a line of continuity in psychoanalysis back to Freud and his immediate followers, and describes the major transformations that followed, particularly in the works of Heinz Hartmann and the ego psychologists, and Hanna Segal and the contemporary Kleinians of London.

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'Psychoanalysis is changing. Roy Schafer, a major participant in that change, examines both psychoanalysis and his own ideas in this book. He traces lines of continuity back to Freud and his immediate followers, and describes the major transformations that followed, particularly in the works of Heinz Hartmann and the ego psychologists, Hanna Segal and the contemporary Kleiniens of London, and Schafer himself.

'Schafer approaches psychoanalysis from a post-modernist perspective: no assumption can be accepted unexamined and no conclusion can be final. No single approach can be complete, and although some interpretations may be wrong, there is never a single a single correct one. He contrasts those analysts who see the past as a resource for understanding the present with those that see the present as a source of material for reconstructing the past, once again demonstrating his adeptness at both of these approaches.'
- Robert Michels, M.D.

'The essays in this book reveal the depth of Schafer's hermeneutic and pragmatist vision of truth and scientific progress. (They are) careful, precise, respectful yet fresh in vision.'
- Adrienne Harris, PhD.

'Roy Schafer's oeuvre has been characterized by continuous growth and innovation. This quality of expression is fueled not only by his brilliant scientific mind but also his firm commitment to Freud's idea of an analytic curiosity, a sustained scientific exploration unrestrained by convention or prevalent socio-cultural mores. Schafer himself says it well: "Being curious is what goes best with being consistently analytic". Now, in this splendid new book he takes his pioneering discussions on female psychology even further. He demonstrates the limits long imposed by the binary thinking of psychoanalysis. Here is a man who does understand "what women want".'
- Marianne Goldberger, M.D.

About the Author(s)

Roy Schafer has sixty years of experience as a psychoanalytic therapist, during which time he has been an active teacher in his own Institutes and a guest lecturer and teacher in many others in the U.S. He has contributed to numerous English language psychoanalytic journals and his books and articles have been translated into several languages. He has held academic positions as Clinical Professor at Yale and Cornell University Medical Schools. He was the first Freud Memorial Professor 1975-76 at University College London. He has received many honours from his colleagues and in 2009 the International Psychoanalytical Association honoured him with its prestigious Scientific Achievement Award.

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