Best known for his contributions to the development of contemporary Intersubjectivity theory, Bernard Brandchaft has dedicated a lifetime’s worth of work toward the advancement of psychoanalytic theory and practice. Continually searching for a theoretical viewpoint that would satisfactorily explain the clinical phenomena he was encountering, his curiosity eventually led him to the work of Heinz Kohut and the then-emerging school of self psychology. However, seemingly always one step ahead of the crowd, Brandchaft constantly reformulated his ideas about and investigations into the intersubjective nature of human experiences.
This selection of papers, some of which have never before been published, is representative of various stages in the development of Brandchaft’s thinking along the road to Intersubjectivity. Moreover, commentary from Dorienne Sorter and Shelley Doctors – in addition to Bernard Brandchaft himself – examines the clinical implications of the theoretical shifts that he advocated and provides a contemporary context for the case material and conclusions each paper presents. These theoretical shifts, both clear and subtle, are thereby elucidated to form the grand narrative of a truly visionary psychoanalytic thinker.
Table of Contents:
Sorter, Doctors, Introduction. Reflections by Bernard Brandchaft. Reconsideration of Psychoanalytic Listening. The Negativism of the Negative Therapeutic Response. A Case of Intractible Depression. Bonds that Shackle. Whose Self Is It Anyway? Report on the Case of William. Codetermination and Change in Psychoanalysis. To Free the Spirit from the Cell. Structures of Pathological Accomodation and Change in Psychoanalysis. The Self and Its Objects in Developmental Trauma. Obsessional Disorders. Systems of Pathological Accomodation and Change in Psychoanalysis. Sorter, Doctors, Conclusion.
About the Author(s)
Dorienne Sorter, Ph.D., LCSW, is co-chair, faculty, and supervisor at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, New York City, and a member of the Council of the International Association of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology. She is the co-author of Forms of Intersubjectivity in Infant Research and Adult Treatment.
Shelley R. Doctors, Ph.D., is faculty and Supervising Analyst, Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, New York City, and Faculty and Supervisor, Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, Washington, DC. She is a member of the Council of the International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology and on the Advisory Council of the IARPP.
Bernard Brandchaft, M.D., is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Institute and Founding Analyst of the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, as well as Faculty Emeritus of Clinical Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine. He is the author of numerous articles and books, co-authoring (with George Atwood and Robert Stolorow) Psychoanalytic Treatment: An Intersubjective Approach (Analytic Press, 1987) and The Intersubjective Experience (Jason Aronson, 1994).