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A Prophetic Analyst: Erich Fromm's Contributions to Psychoanalysis

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Before Erich Fromm there was 'one-person psychology.' Then, through a respectful, ambitious, but uncompromising revision of Freudian theory, Fromm helped lead us to our current relational perspective that considers the complexities of a 'two-person' interpersonal, contextual view of human functioning and therapeutic treatment. This book succinctly summarizes Fromm's main contributions to psychoanalysis, assessing their strengths and weaknesses and considering their utility in light of contemporary developments in...

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Overview

Before Erich Fromm there was 'one-person psychology.' Then, through a respectful, ambitious, but uncompromising revision of Freudian theory, Fromm helped lead us to our current relational perspective that considers the complexities of a 'two-person' interpersonal, contextual view of human functioning and therapeutic treatment. This book succinctly summarizes Fromm's main contributions to psychoanalysis, assessing their strengths and weaknesses and considering their utility in light of contemporary developments in psychoanalysis and related fields. It shows the vitality and relevance of Fromm's ideas for today's clinical and social problems.

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Stephen A. Mitchell
Despite his international prominence as a social theorist and cultural critic, Erich Fromm's enormous influence on the development of psychoanalytic theory and practice over the past several decades has operated behind the scenes. Cortina and Maccoby have collected a wide array of contributions on Fromm the clinician. Fromm the prophet, Fromm the Theorist, Fromm the provocateur, and Fromm the teacher that convey the manifold ways in which Erich Fromm instructed, goaded, and inspired so many of the major currents in psychoanalytic thinking in recent decades.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568216218
  • Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Series: Library of Object Relations Series
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Mauricio Cortina, M.D., is assistant professor of psychiatry at George Washington University and a faculty member at the Washington School of Psychiatry and Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy. Michael Maccoby, Ph.D., is president of the Maccoby Group of management consultants and director of the Project on Technology, Work and Character, which continues to study work and human development.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Contributors
1 Introduction: Erich Fromm's Contributions to Psychoanalysis 1
2 The Two Voices of Erich Fromm: The Prophetic and the Analytic 61
3 Beyond Freud's Instinctivism and Fromm's Existential Humanism 93
4 The Greatness and Limitations of Fromm's Thought: On Dreams 133
5 Fromm's Humanistic Ethics and the Role of the Prophet 151
6 Erich Fromm's Contribution to a Theory of the Development of the Malevolent Personality 167
7 The Relational Perspective in Fromm and in the Stone Center's Work 195
8 Fromm's Clinical Practice: Insight or New Experience? 223
9 The Analyst as a Person: Fromm's Approach to Psychoanalytic Training and Practice 235
10 Opening of Alternatives and Modification of Character Traits in Psychoanalysis 259
A Commentary 273
11 Countertransference Redefined: Some Clinical Contributions of Fromm 281
12 Freud, Fromm, and the Pathology of Normalcy 301
13 The Social Dimensions of Transference 325
14 Erich Fromm's Concept of Social Character and Its Relevance for Clinical Practice 341
15 Self Development and Psychotherapy in a Period of Rapid Social Change 361
A Commentary 402
16 Erich Fromm: A Brief Biography 415
17 Erich Fromm's Courage 427
Index 455
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