Listed below are books received in the CPC Library this fall. Most of these were recommended for purchase by our members. We hope you will find something interesting to borrow over the holidays.
Sustaining Psychoanalysis: International Symposium, Master Class of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Seoul: Korean Association of Psychoanalysis, 2011. BF173.K6 S8 2011
This symposium catalog, acquired for the CPC library by Dr. Richard Lightbody, contains the proceedings of a conference held in Seoul Korea on September 23–25, 2011. The conference commemorated the 31st anniversary of the Korean Association of Psychoanalysis, which came into existence in 1980 as the six-member Seoul Psychoanalytic Study Group. The title, Sustaining Psychoanalysis, refers to Freud’s remarks at the establishment of the IPA that psychoanalysis cannot be advanced without first being sustained. From this symposium catalog it is possible to trace the history of the establishment of psychoanalysis in Korea from a six-member group to a national organization, and finally to the beginning of psychoanalyst training in Korea in collaboration with the IPA Korea Sponsoring Committee chaired by Dr. Lightbody. CPC member Arthur Rosenbaum was one of the invited scholars who helped develop the Korean Psychoanalytic Study Group, and Jaehak Yu, chair of the Education Committee in Seoul is a graduate of the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center. Dr Yu’s appointment as an IPA Training Analyst is pending approval by the IPA Board in January.
Contributions by David Sachs, Robert Michels, Nadine Levinson, Calvin Colaruso, Jaehak Yu , Do-Un Jeong, Georg Bruns, Tak Yoo Hong, Mee-Kyung Kim, and Maria Teresa Hooke, are abstracts of the papers delivered at the conference. Some of the topics are:
- Methods of evaluation of the effectiveness of psychotherapy
- The inner attitude of the analyst and projective identification
- The future of psychoanalytic psychotherapy
- Trends in psychoanalysis in Europe
- Freuds’s analytical theories
- Current concepts of borderline psychopathology
The book is visually much more interesting than the usual symposium catalog with original illustrations, a large font, and generous white space, and the CPC copy is signed by Dr. Do-Un Jeong, President of the Korean Study Group.
This summary is excerpted from Montana Katz’s review in Psychoanalytic Quarterly, Vol. 79, Pg. 1144.
“The Work of Confluence consists of a collection of ten previously published essays as well as a foreword by Claudio Laks Eizirik and final comments by the editor, Leticia Glocer.
The innovative and truly path-breaking work of Madeleine and Willy Baranger is scantily known and poorly understood amongst North American psychoanalysts, while in Europe and South America their unique psychoanalytic perspective is highly valued. Over half a century ago, they described a new psychoanalytic model involving a particular kind of space they called the analytic field. In The Work of Confluence: Listening and Interpreting in the Psychoanalytic Field, important clinical and theoretical applications of this model are explored.
This is an unusual, challenging, and deeply rewarding book. The writing itself is highly original, elegant, clear, and thoroughly engrossing. This collection is essential reading for anyone interested in the fundamental tenets of psychoanalysis and their clinical application.”
This book was reviewed by Peter Blos in Psychoanalytic Quarterly, Vol. 69, Pg. 183.
“Despite the many contributors, the monograph achieves a consistently readable style: there is little psychoanalytic jargon, the material is experiential and descriptive, and considerable respect is given to both therapists and non-therapists who collaborate and struggle to help these youngsters. The book begins with a clear description by M. Laufer of their observations and ideas about the challenges of adolescent development and the consequences when the tasks are
aborted or avoided. It is really, he suggests, a ‘breakdown of a process of development,’ which has its antecedents in earlier neglected developmental failures; in his view it is a last opportunity for assistance before lifelong, significant distortions of character occur.”
McWilliams, Nancy. Psychoanalytic Diagnosis, 2nd ed.: Understanding Personality Structure in the Clinical Process. Guilford Publishers, 2010. Rc489.T95 M38 2011
This second edition incorporates current advances in neuroscience and infant research, and reflects the effect of the ‘relational turn’ in contemporary psychoanalysis. It is a dependable resource for beginning therapists, a valuable teaching tool, and a comprehensive reference for seasoned clinicians.
A person must choose a course of action knowing there are undesirable consequences as well as benefits, and all the consequences cannot be known. The action taken may be physical behavior, speaking out, or remaining silent. Even inaction is a consequential choice. Roy Schafer regards this type of situation as tragically knotted.
Thompson, M. Guy. The Ethic of Honesty: the Fundamental Rule of Psychoanalysis. Rodopi, 2003 BF175.T6 2004
The “Ethic of Honesty” discusses eight fundamental principles (or rules) of analytic technique. These eight principles, in chapter sequence, are as follows: the fundamental rule, free association, neutrality, abstinence, transference, countertransference, therapeutic ambition, and working through. Proper understanding and application of these principles lead, in the author’s view, to the “good psychoanalytic experience.” The eight principles all derive from Freud’s “Papers on Technique,” especially the “Recommendation” papers.