How do the fundamental elements of experience impact on the practice of psychotherapy?
Dimensions of Psychotherapy, Dimensions of Experience explores the three basic elements of psychotherapy - time, space and number - summarising theory, setting it in context and bringing concepts to life with clinical illustrations.
Michael Stadter and David Scharff bring together contributions describing how each of these elements, as well as their simple and direct manifestations in the physical world, also combine to form the psychological dimensions of symbolic reality both in the inner world and in the transactional world. They also reveal how, in encounters between patient and therapist, the combination of inner worlds form a new, uniquely psychological, fourth dimension that saturates the activity and experience of the other three elements. This book aims to increase our understanding of the action of the three dimensions of psychotherapy by looking at the elements that constitute the setting and process in which clinicians engage every day. The contributors, all of whom are experienced psychotherapists and psychoanalysts, connect their thinking on the dimensions to clinical practice by illustrating their ideas with case material and examining their impact on general treatment issues.
This book will be useful to practicing psychotherapists and psychoanalysts and students of psychoanalysis and philosophy.
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Stadter, Scharff, Introduction: Exploring the Dimensions. Part I: Time. Stadter, Scharff, Time, Life and Psychotherapy: An Overview. Ravenscroft, Time and the Unconscious Life Cycle. Stadter, Time-near and Time-far: The Changing Shape of Time in Trauma and Psychotherapy. Johnson, Bad Infinity: Narcissism and the Problem of Time. Setton, Scharff, Time and Endurance in Psychotherapy. Part II: Space. Stadter, Scharff, Spatial Metaphor and Spatial Reality: An Overview. Anderson, Right Now I'm Sitting in the Bookshelf: Patients' Use of Physical Space in Psychotherapy. Rovner, Changing Spaces: The Impact of a Change in the Psychotherapeutic Setting. Hopper, Pandora in Time and Space. Zalusky, Telephone, Psychotherapy and the 21st Century. Scharff, Conquering Geographic Space: Teaching Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Infant Observation by Video Link. Barbour, Exploring Space in Workgroups. Part III: Number. Stadter, Scharff, Numbers in Mind, Numbers in Motion: An Introduction. Poulton, Number Theory, Intersubjectivity and Schizoid Phenomena. Bagnini, Super-vision or Space Invader? Two's Company and Three Makes for Paranoid Tendencies. Bollas, Four: On Adding Up to a Family. Scharff, Cooper, Dynamic Mathematics in Mental Experience. I: Complex Numbers Represent Psychic Object Relations. Scharff, Cooper, Dynamic Mathematics in Mental Experience. II: Numbers in Motion, a Dynamic Geography of Time and Space. Part IV: States Of Mind. Scharff, Stadter, The Fourth Dimension: State of Mind. Scharff, Scharff, Chaos Theory and Object Relations: A New Paradigm for Psychoanalysis. Hill, Hideouts and Holdouts. Ashbach, Being and Becoming. Jacobs, The Use of the Self Revisited. Stadter, Scharff, Epilogue.