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Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Passion: Meanings and Manifestations in the Clinical Setting and Beyond
Edited by Brent Willock, Rebecca Coleman Curtis, and Lori C. Bohm
Routledge / Softcover / Dec 2017
9781138562516 (ISBN-10: 1138562513)
Relational / Interpersonal Psychoanalysis
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Passion! The word brims with and exudes power, movement, intensity, vitality, desire, and fulfillment. Its multifaceted meanings include eroticism, rage, sex, suffering, drive, commitment, dedication, and love. On the one hand, it embodies a quality to be embraced and lived fully, to make life meaningful and worthwhile. On the other, it is sometimes to be treated with suspicion, reined in, subjected to the dictates of reason. While it brightens existence and its departure makes life dull, many passions may prove unbearable.

The manifold connotations of Passion make it highly relevant to psychoanalysis, yet, so far, no book has explored the many facets of this pervasive theme. This book provides a comprehensive guide that will sensitize readers to the omnipresent importance of passionate emotion in the clinical setting, and throughout all areas and times of life. It bursts with thought-provoking ideas. Challenging cases are illuminated by penetrating reflections and novel applications and combinations of theoretical perspectives.

Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Passion explores the many ways in which very strong emotions – passions - can be understood and worked with in clinical contexts. The contributions cover such key topics as psychosis and violence, emotions in childhood, sexuality, secure and insecure attachments, the role of passion in seeking meaning, passion and transition space, and transference and countertransference.

This book will be of great help to all psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists struggling to assist patients (and perhaps themselves) in locating their passions, channeling and expressing them in meaningful ways, and overcoming obstacles to their fulfillment.

Table of Contents

Introduction Rebecca Coleman Curtis

Dangerous Liasons: Encountering Erotic and Psychotic Passion

Chapter 1: The Pole Dancer: Dancing on the Edge of Boundary Violations Robert Akeret

Chapter 2: I Love You to Death Silvia Fiammenghi

Sexuality and Attachment Security

Chapter 3: What do I Really Want? Passion and Attachment Amira Simha-Alpern & Alma Krupka Klein

Chapter 4: What’s Love Got to do with it? Sexual Passion and Attachment in Psychoanalysis Mary Beth Cresci

Chapter 5: Seduced and Abandoned: Attachment Theory, Dissociated Passion, and the Mutative Impact of the Analyst’s Maternal Embrace Linda Jacobs

Chapter 6: Lessons in Romance from Middle-Aged Men who have had Affairs: The Link between Security and Sexuality Bruce Herzog

Seeking Meaning, Individuation and Fulfillment

Chapter 7: Moments of Passion Michael Stern

Chapter 8: The Marriage of Intimacy and Meaning: A Psychoanalytic-Meditative Approach to Feelings Jeffrey Rubin

Chapter 9: Mother-Daughter Love: A Passionate Attachment Gone Awry Lori C. Bohm

Passions in Childhood

Chapter 10: Passion Across the Developmental Spectrum Marcelo Rubin

Chapter 11: Passion for Pink: Colorfully Contemplating Transgender Identity Brent Willock

Overcoming Obstacles to Passion

Chapter 12: Passion Precluded: Irrelationship and the Costs of Co-Created Psychological Defenses Mark B. Borg, Jr., Grant H. Brenner, & Daniel Berry

Chapter 13: On States of Resignation and Retreat: Musings on Passion, Com-Passion and Being Ionas Sapountzis

Chapter 14: D.O.A.: The Murder of Passion Julie Lehane

Chapter 15: Relationships: Wanted Dead or Alive Gail White & Michelle Flax

Chapter 16: Passion Past in the Present: Dyadic Traumatic Reenactment in Psychoanalytically: Informed Couple Therapy with Trauma Survivors Heather MacIntosh

Using Transitional Space, Dreams, and Groups to Release Passion

Chapter 17: Lars and the Real Girl: Play and Passion in the Birth of the Self Art Caspary

Chapter 18: Passion (or Past-shunned): The Use of Fantasy to Recreate Past Loving and Sexual Self Experiences in the Present David Braucher

Chapter 19: Passionate Links: Clinical Notes on Containing Trauma and Reawakening Hope from Despair (Matthew Tedeschi)

Chapter 20: A Relational View of Passion and the Group Robert Watson

Passion for Psychoanalysis: Its Essence, Process and History

Chapter 21: The Analyst’s Passion and the Other Asymmetry Sarah Turnbull

Chapter 22: My Passion for the Origins of Psychoanalysis Carlo Bonomi

Chapter 23: Fire in the Belly: Can Love for Psychoanalysis Last? Sandra Buechler


Pursuing and Containing Passion Lori C. Bohm

About the Editors

Brent Willock is Founding President of the Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Board Member of the Canadian Institute for Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, and on the faculty of the Institute for the Advancement of Self Psychology.

Rebecca Coleman Curtis is Professor of Psychology at Adelphi University, Faculty and Supervisor at the William Alanson White Institute and Supervisor at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies.

Lori C. Bohm is Supervising Analyst, Faculty and former Director at the Center for Applied Psychoanalysis and Intensive Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Programs at the William Alanson White Institute. She is Psychotherapy Supervisor in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at the City University of New York.

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