In this clear and thoughtful book, an international group of distinguished authors explore the central issues and future directions facing psychoanalytic theory and practice.
The book explores four main questions in the development of psychoanalysis; what psychoanalysis is as an endeavour now and what it may be in the future; the effect of social issues on psychoanalysis and of psychoanalysis on social issues, such as race and gender; the importance of psychoanalytic institutes on shaping future psychoanalytic theory and practice; and the likely major issues that will be shaping psychoanalysis in years to come.
Including contributions from within every school of psychoanalytic thought, this book is essential reading for psychoanalysts, psychoanalytic psychotherapists, and all who are curious about the future directions of the profession.
‘In this rich and vitally important edited book, Fred Busch, one of the most influential and creative writers in psychoanalysis today, has brought together an international group of widely respected analysts to address a broad landscape of contemporary psychoanalytic issues. This timely book is distinguished both by a level of clarity that reaches far beyond psychoanalytic tribalism and wise, discerning thought that will serve as a catalyst for further analytic progress.
Michael J. Diamond, training and supervising analyst, Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies; author, Masculinity and Its Discontents and Ruptures in the American Psyche: Containing Destructive Populism in Perilous Times
‘There are books that one has to pay attention to when reading them, and others that draw your attention. Psychoanalysis at the Crossroads belongs to this second class. In it, Fred Bush brings together prestigious colleagues from around the world who write about current issues that have to do with theoretical, clinical, and institutional concerns. There are multiple perspectives on each of the issues that makes it a book for real exchange. Psychoanalysis at the Crossroads is a symphonic work that shows the strength of our discipline and its continuous growth.’
Claudia Lucia Borensztejn, training analyst at the Argentine Psychoanalytic Association (APA). Ex-president of APA 2016- 2020. Editor of Diccionario de Psicoanálisis Argentino. Latinoamérican. Board representative in IPA 2021-2023
‘Eloquent and compelling. With this new collection of essays, written by psychoanalysts from diverse and contradictory perspectives, Fred Busch challenges us to meet at this contemporary crossroads… a current fork on the road…to Thebes? … and take it as an opportunity to rethink the psychoanalytic tapestry, not only by speaking in one’s own direction, but also by listening to others. Otherwise, we are ineluctably doomed.’
Ellen Sparer, training analyst and director of Training of the Paris Institute of Psychoanalysis, S.P.P.
Table of Contents
Part One: What is Basic in Psychoanalytic Technique and Theory?
1. Waking a Sleeping Beauty
2. New Forms of Psychopathology in a Changing World: a Challenge for Psychoanalysis in the Twenty-First Century
3. A Turn Towards or a Turn Away? Why and How Resistance to Unbearable Ideas Evoked in the Analyst's Presence Must be the Cornerstone of Psychoanalytic Work
4. The Relational Unconscious: A Core Element of Intersubjectivity, Thirdness, and Clinical Process
5. How to Grow a Psychoanalytic Forest: A Challenge Going Forward
6. Affirming: "That's Not Psychoanalysis!": On the Value of the Politically Incorrect Act of Attempting to Define the Limits of our Field
7. Psychoanalysis and its Future: Destiny at the Crossroads
8. Technique at the Crossroads
9. Those Who Listen
10. Crossroads, Cloverleaf Overpass, or Skein: The Relationship Between Some Neurocognitive Research and the Development of the Unconscious Mind
Part Two: Psychoanalysis and Social Issues
11. Difference: Our Legacy and Our Future
12. Conviction, Lies and Denialism: Psychoanalytic Reflections
13. First Do No Harm
14. On Whiteness, Racial Rhetoric, Identity Politics, and Critical Race Theory: A Critical Moment in American Psychoanalysis
Part Three: The Role of Psychoanalytic Institutes
15. The Training and Supervising Analyst System in the United States, Current Issues
16. Why Does Psychoanalytic Education Cause Such Dissension?
17. Psychoanalytic Institutes and their Discontents
H. Schmuel Erlich
18. A Perspective from Buenos Aires
Part Four: New Directions
19. The Self as Mental Agent: Explorations of a Long-Neglected Concept
20. Another Perspective on Dreams: The Dream as an Experience
21. Intersections Between the Feminine and the Infantile
About the Editor:
Fred Busch has published numerous articles on psychoanalytic technique, and he has been invited to present papers and clinical workshops nationally and internationally. His last four books are as follows: Creating a Psychoanalytic Mind (2014); The Analyst’s Reveries: Explorations in Bion’s Enigmatic Concept (2019); Dear Candidate (2020); A Fresh Look at Psychoanalytic Technique (2021).