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Relational Concepts in Psychoanalysis : An Integration
Mitchell, Stephen A., Ph.D.
Harvard University Press / Hardcover / 1988-01-01 / 0674754115
Relational / Interpersonal Psychoanalysis
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"This is a marvelous book. Mitchell argues that over the past few decades psychoanalysis has undergone a paradigm shift. The change is nothing short of a revolution in thought which radically alters our understanding of the mind and human relationships...Mitchell is a persuasive writer who skilfully draws together the central ideas from object relations theory, interpersonal psychoanalysis and the self-psychologies. He argues that despite their many differences these 'newer' traditions have one central theme in common--they all stress the central importance of personal relationships and human interaction. In this new paradigm the focus of psychoanalytic study shifts away from the vicissitudes of the instincts to persons in their interactions with others...The book is scholarly and informative, but yet it is readable, and enjoyably so. Mitchell does a wonderful job in bringing together the relational concepts embedded in the work of Bowlby, Klein, Winnicott, Fairbairn, Kohut, and others...This is an excellent book which brings together the relational concepts that now characterise psychotherapy. This is the leading edge of psychoanalysis, and Mitchell's work certainly helps it to advance."
--C. R. Whyte, British Journal of Psychiatry

"Brilliant...The gradual unfolding of Mitchell's new theory is accomplished through a dazzling series of thoughtful and penetrating critiques and integrations of psychoanalytic theorizing past and present. Mitchell is extraordinarily well read in psychoanalytic theory, and he has a wide grasp of philosophy, political theory, and literature as well. He writes with clarity and wit, making a long, largely theoretical book as easy to read as any. His text will be an important source of useful ideas and criticism for the continuing development of psychoanalytic theory. The opportunity to share in his wide and searching understanding should not be missed by anyone interested in the field." --Robert L. Hatcher, Ph.D., Psychoanalytic Books

"A well-written, incisive, and very intelligent effort at integrating compatible aspects of the many neo-Freudian psychoanalytic theorists e.g., Sullivan, Klein, Winnicott, Loewald, Schafer, Kohut, Kernberg, Gedo, and Pine...Importantly, [Mitchell] shows how far modern analytic theory has departed from Freud's original instinctual drive theory...His work is a contemporary beacon in the tumultuous seas of psychological thought since Freud. Essential reading." --Choice

"Readers will find Mitchell to be a persuasive advocate for the centrality of relational thinking in psychoanalytic theory and clinical practice...Thought-provoking...As an added bonus, Mitchell writes very well, and his use of metaphor and wit make this book a pleasure to read." --Saul E. Rosenberg, Ph.D., American Journal of Psychiatry

from the publisher

Table of Contents:

Introduction
Part One Boundaries

1. The Relational Matrix

2. "Drive" and the Relational Matrix
Part Two Sexuality

3. Drive Theory and the Metaphor of the Beast

4. Sex without Drive (Theory)
Part Three Infantilism

5. The Metaphor of the Baby

6. Clinical Implications of the Developmental Tilt
Part Four Narcissism

7. The Wings of Icarus

8. A Delicate Balance: The Clinical Play of Illusion
Part Five Continuity and Change

9. The Problem of the Will

10. Penelope's Loom: Psychopathology and the Analytic Process

References

Index

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