This book brings together an engaging study, using Emmanuel Ghent’s collected papers, of theoretical and personal origins of the relational turn in psychoanalysis. Emmanuel Ghent was one of the founders of relational psychoanalysis, and his ideas have been hugely influential. However, he published sparingly and his papers are scattered across a range of sources. In this book, his key writings are reproduced, along with analyses and critiques by major contemporary psychoanalytic figures such as Adam Phillips, Jessica Benjamin, Lew Aron, Adrienne Harris and Jody Davies.
This book provides a thorough examination of the key tenets of Ghent’s thinking and the continued importance of his theoretical and clinical work for the next generation of psychoanalysts.
"Heart Melts Forward is a book, of course--and so when we consider it, we think first of Manny’s writing, which was prescient and brilliant, and which continues to serve as one of the primary inspirations of the entire relational literature. But it was because Manny was the person he was, the whole person he was, that he became as beloved and influential as he was. Luckily for us, his personhood suffuses every one of the gripping and profound articles collected here. In reading this book you will be standing on the foundation of relational psychoanalysis. But there will be more: if you didn’t know Manny, you will wish you had."-Donnel B. Stern, Ph.D., William Alanson White Institute and NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.
Table of Contents
Introduction Victoria Demos and Adrienne Harris
Part One: Core Papers and Commentaries
Emmanuel Ghent and the Origins of Relational Psychoanalysis
Credo — The Dialectics of One-Person and Two-Person Psychologies (1989)
Surrender and Self-Discovery: Ghent’s Reflections on the "Force of Growth" and What Impedes It
Masochism, Submission, Surrender—Masochism as a Perversion of Surrender (1990)
Medicine Man(nie): Commentary on Emmanuel Ghent's "Paradox and Process"
Paradox and Process (1992)
Introduction to E. Ghent, "Interaction in the Psychoanalytic Situation"
C. SETH WARREN
Interaction in the Psychoanalytic Situation (1995)
The Butterfly in the Consulting Room
Wish, Need, Drive: Motive in the Light of Dynamic Systems Theory and Edelman's Selectionist Theory (2002)
Part Two: Early Writings
Psyche and Eye (1950)
Countertransference: Its Reflection in the Process of Peer-Group Supervision
CHAIM F. SHATAN, BENJAMIN BRODY, EMMANUEL GHENT
Part Three: In Ghent’s Words
Relations: Introduction to the First IARPP Conference (2001)
On Relational Psychoanalysis: An Interview with Dr. Emmanuel Ghent/Interviewer: Lewis Aron (2000)
Part Four: Reminiscences
A Fragment of an Analysis with Mannie Ghent
Reminiscences of Mannie as a Clinical Supervisor
The Years with Ghent
Impressions of Mannie
Heart Melts Forward: Emmanuel Ghent (1925-2003)
Afterward On What We Need: A Celebration of the Work of Emmanuel Ghent
About the Editors
Victoria Demos is Supervisor at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, New York.
Adrienne Harris is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology (Adjunct) and Clinical Consultant on the Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, NYU.