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British Psychoanalysis: New Perspectives in the Independent Tradition
Edited by Gregorio Kohon
Routledge / Softcover / Jan 2018
9781138579057 (ISBN-10: 113857905X)
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British Psychoanalysis: New Perspectives in the Independent Tradition is a new and extended edition of The British School of Psychoanalysis: The Independent Tradition, which explored the successes and failures of the early environment; transference and counter-transference in the psychoanalytic encounter; regression in the situation of treatment, and female sexuality. Published in the mid-1980s, it had an important influence on the development of psychoanalysis both in Great Britain and abroad, was translated into several languages and became a central textbook in academic and professional courses.

This new, updated book includes not only many of the original papers, but also new chapters written for this volume by Hannah Browne, Josh Cohen, Steven Groarke, Gregorio Kohon, Rosine Perelberg and Megan Virtue. Addressing and reflecting on the four main themes of the first collection, the new papers discuss such subjects as:

• a new focus on earliest infancy
• new directions in Independent clinical thinking
• the question of therapeutic regression
• the centrality of sexual difference in Freud

They also highlight the connections between and the mutual influence of British and French psychoanalysis, now a critical subject in contemporary psychoanalytic debates.

British Psychoanalysis: New Perspectives in the Independent Tradition will be important not only to psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists and the full spectrum of professionals involved in mental health. It will be of great value in psychotherapy and counselling training and an important resource for teaching and academic activities.


"With characteristic intellectual rigour, literary elegance and generosity, Kohon presents a new version of his influential book on the Independent tradition in British psychoanalysis. He has invited contemporary psychoanalysts to reflect upon the main themes of the earlier work. Situating the book within psychoanalysis’ engagement with temporality and the concept of Nactraglikheit, the link is made with the essential papers from the rich clinical and theoretical Independent tradition whilst reconsidering them within a contemporary focus, particularly the developments in French psychoanalysis. The result is a finely woven and deeply relevant synthesis of past and present. Kohon writes of the ‘greedy intellectual curiosity’ central to psychoanalysis; his book is a beautiful example of that curiosity."-Rosemary Davies, Training Analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Thirty years later: looking back into the future Gregorio Kohon

Chapter 2: A multi-dimensional frame of reference: the Independent tradition Rosine Jozef Perelberg


Gregorio Kohon

Chapter 3: Prefatory remarks

Chapter 4: Notes on the history of the psychoanalytic movement in Great Britain

Chapter 5: Countertransference: an Independent view

Chapter 6: Concluding remarks


Chapter 7: Psychic life: a new focus on earliest infancy Josh Cohen

Chapter 8: The transformational object Christopher Bollas

Chapter 9: The concept of cumulative trauma M. Masud R. Khan

Chapter 10: Fear of breakdown Donald W. Winnicott


Chapter 11: Making sense together: new directions in Independent clinical thinking Steven Groarke

Chapter 12: ‘Slouching towards Bethlehem …’ or thinking about the unthinkable in psychoanalysis Nina E.C. Coltart

Chapter 13: Elements of the psychoanalytic relationship and their therapeutic implications John Klauber

Chapter 14: Affects and the psychoanalytic situation Adam Limentani

Chapter 15: The analyst’s act of freedom as agent of therapeutic change Neville Symington


Chapter 16: Regression: allowing the future to be re-imagined Hannah Browne

Chapter 17: The unobtrusive analyst Michael Balint

Chapter 18: Some pressures on the analyst for physical contact during the reliving of an early trauma Patrick J. Casement

Chapter 19: Problems of management in the analysis of a hallucinating hysteric Harold Stewart


Chapter 20: The centrality of sexual difference in Freud: the work of Gregorio Kohon and Juliet Mitchell Megan Virtue

Chapter 21: Reflections on Dora: the case of hysteria Gregorio Kohon

Chapter 22: The question of femininity and the theory of psychoanalysis Juliet Mitchell

About the Editor

Gregorio Kohon is a Training Analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society. His psychoanalytic publications include Reflections on the Aesthetic Experience: Psychoanalysis and the Uncanny, published by Routledge in 2016.

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