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The Search for a Relational Home: An intersubjective view of therapeutic action
Jaenicke, Chris
Routledge / The Analytic Press / Softcover / 2014-10-01 / 1138797006
Self Psychology / Intersubjectivity / Relational / Interpersonal Psychoanalysis
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In The Search for a Relational Home, Chris Jaenicke gives the reader an inside view of what actually happens in psychotherapy and how change occurs. He describes how both participants – the patient and the therapist – feel, and how they affect each other. The reader is encouraged to vicariously partake in the process from the perspective of his or her own life experiences.

The book describes the nature of therapeutic action through a radicalized version of intersubjective systems theory. It demonstrates how psychotherapy is an outcome of a highly personal encounter between two unique human beings, and how, while the goal of psychoanalysis is to help the patient, this can only be achieved inasmuch as both participants are willing to undergo transformation. Jaenicke clarifies how both successes and failures as well as personal strengths and weaknesses play a constitutive part in the psychotherapeutic process. The Search for a Relational Home also provides theoretical and practical guidelines for supervision.

Jaenicke presents here a unique approach to the process of psychotherapy which will be vital reading for psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and those in training as well as students in all fields of mental health.


'The Search for a Relational Home: An Intersubjective View of Therapeutic Action is a book aimed at showing how an understanding of the patient-analyst dyad as a complex dynamic system deepens our grasp of the therapeutic process and therapeutic change. What is unique about the book is its emphasis on the critical importance of failure, both the patient’s and analyst’s, in furthering the therapeutic process. In his inimitable evocative and reader-friendly language, and with characteristic openness about his own emotional experiences, Jaenicke shows how the strengths and weaknesses, limitations, and sufferings of both participants become entangled and worked through. Punctuated with rich clinical illustrations, the book offers much wisdom to seasoned practitioners and trainees alike.' - Robert D. Stolorow, PhD, author, World, Affectivity, Trauma: Heidegger and Post-Cartesian Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2011).

‘Chris Jaenicke’s The Search for a Relational Home is the third volume of his wonderful trilogy, devoted to an intersubjective view of the psychotherapeutic process. This excellent book, like its predecessors, is written in an informal, engaging style, and yet it deals with such profound and complex issues as the nature of cure and failure (offering an experiential redefinition of these concepts), the inevitable role of the analyst’s personal subjectivity in every therapeutic process, and the "best kept secret" of our field – that psychotherapy transforms not only the patient but also the therapist. I consider Chris’s work to be an outstanding contribution to the most progressive developments that are occurring in contemporary psychoanalysis.’ – George E. Atwood, PhD, Professor of Clinical Psychology (Emeritus), Rutgers University, USA


Acknowledgments. Basic Premises: Thoughts on Success, Failure and Cure in Psychoanalysis. Rafaela: A Case Description. Ending Treatment: Rafaela Redux. The Shadow Man: A Case Description. Supervision from an Intersubjective Perspective. Epilogue. References. Index.

About the Author:

Chris Jaenicke is a faculty member and training and supervising analyst at the Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Psychoanalyse und Psychotherapie, e.V. Berlin. He is in private practice in Berlin, Germany, and is the author of several previous books, including Change in Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2011).

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