This book provides easy to read, concise, and clinically useful explanations of over 1000 terms and concepts from the field of psychoanalysis. A history of each term is included in its definition and so is the name of its originator. The attempt is made to demonstrate how the meanings of the term under consideration might have changed, with new connotations accruing with the passage of time and with growth of knowledge. Where indicated and possible, the glossary includes diverse perspectives on a given idea and highlights how different analysts have used the same term for different purposes and with different theoretical aims in mind.
Ranging from ‘abreaction’ and ‘abstinence’ , ‘basic rule’ and ‘beta elements’, and ‘clarification’ and ‘conflict’ through ‘ metapsychology’ and ‘malignant narcissism’ to ‘ xenophobia’ and ‘zoophilia’ , the terms and ideas covered in the book make for a panoramic view of the psychoanalytic universe. The collection is wide-ranging, eclectic, and fundamentally generous: it includes old, new, controversial, odd-sounding, familiar, unfamiliar, all sorts of terms and phrases from the one hundredyears history of psychoanalysis. While generally crisp and pithy, a definition here and there also includes an enderaing anecdote, a wry remark regarding the hidden ironies in the concept at hand, and a deliciously surprising linkage with another idea in the book.
The book differs from the psychoanalytic glossaries published so far in five important ways:
• First and foremost, with the exception of Charles Rycroft’s 1976 book , all these glossaries are edited volumes.
• Second, none of the previous glossaries are as inclusive of analytic ideas from diverse ‘schools’ and from an internationally representative group of analytic theorists and innovators.
• Third, there is a steadfastly clinical undertone to this book, something that the other books in this genre lack.
• Fourth, the list of terms included is much more comprehensive and up-to-date.
• Finally, the deft admixture of scholarly attitude with an occasional playfulness, even impishness, marks this book as a truly unique contribution.
About the Editor:
Salman Akhtar, MD is Professor of Psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College and Training and Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia.He has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the International Journal of Psychoanalysis. His more that 250 scientific publications include the books 'Broken Structures' (1992), 'Quest for Answers' (1995), 'Inner Torment' (1999), 'Immigration and Identity' (1999), 'New Clinical Realms' (2003), 'Objects of Our Desire' (2005), and 'Regarding Others' (2006). In addition, he has edited or co-edited twenty two books on diverse topics in psychiatry and psychoanalysis Dr Akhtar is the recipient of the Best Paper of the Year Award from the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association (1995), the Margaret Mahler Literature Prize (1996), The Irma Bland Award for Teaching Residents (2004) and Kun Po soo Award for Contributions to Transcultural Psychiatry (2004) from the American Psychiatric Association, the Edith Sabshin Award for Teaching (2000) from the American Psychoanalytic Association, and the Sigmund Freud Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychoanalysis (2000) from the American Society of Psychoanalytic Physicians. An internationally sought lecturer, Dr Akhtar is the Scholar-in-Residence at the Inter-Act Theatre Company in Philadelphia and the author of six published volumes of poetry