Understanding and Treating Patients in Clinical Psychoanalysis: Lessons from literaturedescribes the problematic ways people learn to cope with life's fundamental challenges, such as maintaining self-esteem, bearing loss, and growing old. People tend to deal with the challenges of being human in characteristic, repetitive ways. Descriptions of these patterns in diagnostic terms can be at best dry, and at worst confusing, especially for those starting training in any of the clinical disciplines to try to appeal to a wider audience. This book illustrates each coping pattern using vivid, compelling fiction whose characters express their dilemmas in easily accessible, evocative language.Sandra Buechler uses these examples to show some of the ways we complicate our lives and, through reimagining different scenarios for these characters, she illustrates how clients can achieve greater emotional health and live their lives more productively.
Drawing on the work of Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Munro, Mann, James, O'Connor, Chopin, McCullers, Carver, and the many other authors represented here,Buechler shows how their keen observational short fiction portrays self-hurtful styles of living. Sheexplores how human beings cope using schizoid, paranoid, grandiose, hysteric, obsessive, and other defensive styles. Each is costly, in many senses, and each limits the possibility for happiness and fulfillment.
Understanding and Treating Patients in Clinical Psychoanalysisoffers insights into what living with and working with personality disorders really means through a series of examples of the major personality disorders as explained in literature. Through these fictitious examples, psychoanalysts and trainees, undergraduate and graduate students can gain a greater understanding of how someone becomes paranoid, schizoid, narcissistic, obsessive, or depressive, and how that affects them, and those around them, including the mental health professionals who work with them.
"In her latest book, Understanding and Treating Patients in Clinical Psychoanalysis: Lessons from Literature, Sandra Buechler summarizes and quotes from a myriad of the best works of fiction that depict the ways people address the challenge of being a person. The book stands out for its originality and vivid, creative style. It really is a double pleasure to read, firstly for the author's deft summaries of the stories, followed by her marvelously insightful comments and interpretations. Her choice of fictional works is every book lover's dream and she uses each one to narrate and share some important psychoanalytic concepts in a fresh and engaging way. To me, it is almost as though each illustrative story were a musical note added to the score of a symphony, with, of course, Sandra Buechler as its composer. What a masterpiece she has created. I enjoyed this book immensely and cannot recommend it highly enough."—Antonino Ferro, President of the Italian Psychoanalytic Society
Introduction: Characters in Fiction as Templates for Clinical Assessment and Treatment, 1. Schizoid Relating, 2. Paranoid Processing, 3. Humiliated Suffering, 4. Grandiose Posturing, 5. Hysterical Bargaining, 6. Obsessive, Controlling, 7. Anguished Grieving, 8. Depressive Self-Harming, 9. Generative Aging.
Sandra Buechler is a Training and Supervising analyst at the William Alanson White Institute. She is also a supervisor at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital's internship and postdoctoral programs, and a supervisor at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy. Her publications includeMaking a Difference in Patients' Lives: Emotional Experience in the Therapeutic Setting(Routledge, 2008) andStill Practicing: The Heartaches and Joys of a Clinical Career(Routledge, 2012).Clinical Values: Emotions that guide psychoanalytic treatment.(Routledge 2004).