The importance of knowing and being known is at the heart of the human experience and has always been the core of the psychoanalytic enterprise. Freud named his central Oedipal construct after Sophocles’ great play that dramatically encapsulated the desire, difficulty, and dangers involved in knowing and being known. Psychoanalysis’ founder developed a methodology to facilitate unconscious material becoming conscious, that is, making the unknown known to help us better understand ourselves and our relational lives, including psychic trauma, and multigenerational histories.
This book will stimulate readers to contemplate knowing and being known from multiple perspectives. It bursts with thought-provoking ideas and intriguing cases illuminated by penetrating reflections from diverse theoretical perspectives. It will sensitize readers to this theme’s omnipresent, varied importance in the clinical setting and throughout life. Accomplished contributors discuss a wide variety of fascinating topics, illustrated by rich clinical material. Their contributions are grouped under these headings: Knowing through dreams; Knowing through appearances; Dreading and longing to be known; The analyst’s ways of knowing and communicating; Knowing in the contemporary sociocultural context; The known analyst; and No longer known. Readers will find each section deeply informative, stimulating thought, insights, and ideas for clinical practice.
Psychoanalytic Explorations in Knowing and Being Known will appeal to psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers, counselors, students in these disciplines, and members of related scholarly communities.
Table of Contents
Introduction Ionas Sapountzis & Rebecca Coleman Curtis
Knowing through Dreams
Dreams: The Known, Unknown, Being Known and Learning to Know Robert I. Watson, Jr.
The Escape from Alligator Mom Robert Akeret
Failure to Launch: Waiting to be Known/Dreading Being Known Stephen Hyman
On Knowing the Future Brent Willock
Knowing Through Appearances
5. The Secrets of Eating and the Eating of Secrets: Daring to be Known Jean Petrucelli
6. The Analytic Dialogue: Looking at and Listening to Each Other Anita Weinreb Katz
Dreading and Longing to be Known
7. The Little Girl and Detective Monk Ionas Sapountzis
8. I won’t know you if you won’t know me: Irrelationship and the Benefits of Bad Relationships Mark B. Borg, Jr., Grant H. Brenner, & Daniel Berry
The Analyst’s Ways of Knowing and Communicating
9. Knowing and Being Known: The Effect of the Analyst’s Affection Dan Perlitz
10. Winnicott’s True Self/False Self Concept: Using Countertransference to Uncover the True Self MaryBeth Cresci
11. Knowing Myself Through Knowing Him Harriette Kaley
12. Spiritual Knowing, Not Knowing, and Being Known Nina Cerfolio
Knowing in the Contemporary Sociocultural Context
13. Income Inequality and Psychoanalytic Practice: An Unexamined Juxtaposition John O’Leary
14. Invisible Immigration: Family Building across Borders and Bodies Anne Malavé
15. Madoff’s Family Business: If the Sons Didn’t Know. Psychodynamics of a Financial Fraud Claudia Diez
16. Catfishing: The New Impostor Danielle Knafo
The Known Analyst
17. The Therapist Revealed: Who Knows What, When? Bruce Hammer
18. Dialectics of Desire: Longing and Fear of Being ‘Known’ in the Injured Analyst Marsha Aileen Hewitt
No Longer Known
19. The Altered Brain and the Illusion of Knowing J. Gail White & Michelle Flax
20. The Unrecognized Analyst Jeffrey Sacks
Concluding Thoughts Ionas Sapountzis
About the Editors:
Brent Willock, PhD, Founding President, Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis. Board Member, Canadian Institute for Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy; Faculty, Institute for the Advancement of Self Psychology; Advisory Board, International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.
Ionas Sapountzis, PhD, Director of the School Psychology program and faculty member and supervisor in the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Child, Adolescent and Family Psychotherapy programs, and Associate Professor at the Derner Institute, Adelphi University.
Rebecca Coleman Curtis, PhD, Supervisor of Psychotherapy with the Chinese-American Psychoanalytic Alliance and author of Desire, Self, Mind and the Psychotherapies: Unifying Psychological Science and Psychoanalysis.