A Clinical Introduction to Lacanian Psychoanalysis: Theory and Technique / Edition 1

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Overview

"The goal of my teaching has always been, and remains, to train analysts."

--Jacques Lacan, Seminar XI, 209

Arguably the most profound psychoanalytic thinker since Freud, and deeply influential in many fields, Jacques Lacan often seems opaque to those he most wanted to reach. These are the readers Bruce Fink addresses in this clear and practical account of Lacan's highly original approach to therapy. Written by a clinician for clinicians, Fink's Introduction is an invaluable guide to Lacanian psychoanalysis, how it's done, and how it differs from other forms of therapy. While elucidating many of Lacan's theoretical notions, the book does so from the perspective of the practitioner faced with the pressing questions of diagnosis, what therapeutic stance to adopt, how to involve the patient, and how to bring about change.

Fink provides a comprehensive overview of Lacanian analysis, explaining the analyst's aims and interventions at each point in the treatment. He uses four case studies to elucidate Lacan's unique structural approach to diagnosis. These cases, taking up both theoretical and clinical issues in Lacan's views of psychosis, perversion, and neurosis, highlight the very different approaches to treatment that different situations demand.

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Editorial Reviews

William Richardson
Professor Fink's Clinical Introduction to Lacanian Psychoanalysis addresses the clinically minded of all stripes, from the formally trained psychoanalyst to the layman who may be in, or in any way interested in, psychotherapy. His book will be particularly useful to analysts-in-training and doctoral-level students in psychology and the cognate disciplines. No previous exposure to Lacan's thinking is required.
Stanley A. Leavy
Written with a clarity and accessibility unusual in Lacanian studies, Professor Fink's book leads the reader step by step through Lacanian analysis, moving progressively toward the more problematic aspects of the theory. For students and practitioners of psychoanalysis, I'd recommend this book as the best I've seen.
Kenneth Reinhard
Bruce Fink has established his place as one of the central authorities on Lacan in this country, without peer in his familiarity with all phases of Lacan's work and in the clarity of his exegeses...Professor Fink presents something that has not yet been seen in America, and rarely approached with such perspicacity anywhere: an introduction to Lacanian psychoanalysis not only as theory, but as clinical methodology and practice.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674135369
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 318
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Fink is Professor of Psychology at Duquesne University and a practicing psychoanalyst. He is the author of The Lacanian Subject: Between Language and Jouissance, the coeditor of two collections of papers on Jacques Lacan, and the translator of Lacan's Seminar XX, Seminar VIII,and Ecrits (new complete edition).
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Table of Contents

Preface

Desire and Psychoanalytic Technique

Desire in Analysis

Engaging the Patient in the Therapeutic Process

The Analytic Relationship

Interpretation: Opening Up the Space of Desire

The Dialectic of Desire

Diagnosis and the Positioning of the Analyst

A Lacanian Approach to Diagnosis

Psychosis

Neurosis

Perversion

Psychoanalytic Technique beyond Desire

From Desire to Jouissance

Afterword

A Note on Documentation

Notes

Recommended Reading

Index

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