"By applying his vast scholarship, resonant with the whole history of psychoanalytic thought, to social issues, cultural matters, philosophy, and critical theory, Roy Schafer has created a captivating work."
- Donald M. Kaplan, M.D., New York University
"A superb and far-ranging book by one of the truly original thinkers in psychoanalysis."
- Leo Goldberger, New York University, Contemporary Thought
"Roy Schafer is an analyst of great intellectual sophistication and creativity, and in his extremely cogent argument for an interdisciplinary approach to psychoanalytic discourse he has made a new and compelling theoretical and clinical statement. Readers will be struck by the author's eloquent explication of theories as master narratives and will be deeply moved by his rendering of therapeutic possibility, of the hope and dreams, not of what might have been, but of what might yet come to be."
- Ethel S. Person, M.D., Columbia University
"A fascinating and informative book by a gifted and innovative psychoanalyst."
- Joseph Sandler, M.D., University of London
Here is the long-awaited new book by the influential, always provocative psychoanalyst, Roy Schafer. It focuses on a vacuum that has developed between psychoanalysis and critical thinkers in the social sciences and humanities. Schafer's goal is to weave psychoanalytic discourse into the tapestry of modern trends in intellectual history, notably linguistic and hermeneutic approaches to interpretation.The manner in which we "narrate" our lives is the central theme of psychoanalytic discourse and a critical issue for all of us, Roy Schafer argues. Narrating, giving an account, presenting a version: these terms make up the core vocabulary of the narrative approach. From this perspective, Schafer offers a new understanding of such diverse issues as men's struggle against sentimentality; women and power; happiness and failure; and analysts' sublimated love for their patients.Whether he's redefining the self, reinterpreting Freud, or counteracting the stereotype of the aloof, authoritarian, and patriarchal analyst, Schafer's rich observations will inform and stimulate not only analysts but all those interested in psychoanalytic thought as an intellectual current of our times.
Roy Schafer, Ph.D., is a training and supervising analyst at Columbia University's Psychoanalytic Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. He was the first Freud Memorial Professor at University College in London and has been honored twice by the American Psychological Association for his contributions to psychoanalysis and professional knowledge. He lectures extensively throughout the United States and abroad and is the author of, among other works, A New Language for Psychoanalysis, Aspects of Internalization, and The Analytic Attitude (Basic, 1983).
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