Building Bridges: The Negotiation of Paradox in Psychoanalysis / Edition 1

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In Building Bridges, Stuart A. Pizer gives much-needed recognition to the central role of negotiation in the analytic relationship and in the therapeutic process. Building on a Winnicottian perspective that comprehends paradox as the condition for preserving an intrapsychic and relational "potential space," Pizer explores how the straddling of paradox requires an ongoing process of negotiation and demonstrates how such negotiation articulates the creative potential within the potential space of analysis.
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"In this deeply thoughtful, moving book, Pizer lays bare the subjectivity and reflectiveness of the analyst with rare honesty and great breadth of understanding. By elaborating his own unique understanding of paradox and recognition in the context of a generous but critical reflection on the work of his colleagues in relational psychoanalysis, Pizer offers a valuable framework for this emerging perspective. At the same time, his discussion of negotiating the 'crunches' within the analytic relationship illuminates so skillfully the daily experience of our practice - the personal agonies and empathies, the missteps as well as the successes, the love and the hate of this intimate work - that I would commend it to all as a compassionate guide to the analytic journey."

- Jessica Benjamin, Ph.D., author of Shadow of the Other

"Pizer’s highly developed view of the psychoanalytic encounter in terms of paradox has enormous value. He is radical in his uncompromising insistence that psychic life is characterized by unresolved, perhaps insoluble, contradictions. At the same time, he is exquisitely sensitive to the process of negotiation by which paradox is continuously managed intrapsychically and in interpersonal relations. No clinician can afford to overlook Pizer’s unique perspective on the way in which analytic work unfolds.”

- Owen Renik, M.D., San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute

"Building Bridges examines contemporary approaches to the understanding of the psychoanalytic process. Pizer fully acknowledges and documents the impossible dilemmas implicit in psychoanalytic treatment. In doing so he provides a theoretical framework for moving far beyond traditional ideas of conflict resolution. Readers will find this book to be a very thoughtful contribution to psychoanalytic technique."

- Arnold H. Modell, M.D., Harvard Medical School

“[Building Bridges] enriched my work and my thinking about my work. Its clinical material is offered in generous portions and with remarkable candor and feelings.”

- Donnel Stern, Ph.D., JAPA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881631708
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series, #11
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Stuart A. Pizer, Ph.D., is supervising analyst and faculty member of the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis and instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School. He is a contributing editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and an editorial reader for The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. A member of the New York Freudian Society, Dr. Pizer is founding chair of the ethics committee of The Psychoanalytic Consortium.
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Table of Contents

Pt. I Paradox and Negotiation in Development and Analysis
1 The Negotiation of Paradox in the Analytic Process 1
2 "I Wish You Were My Father!": Negotiating Potential Space 27
3 Multiplicity, Paradox, and the Creative Self 51
4 The Capacity to Tolerate Paradox: Bridging Multiplicity Within the Self 61
5 Facing the Nonnegotiable 97
Pt. II Paradox and Negotiation in Wider Contexts: Genders, Species, Nations
6 A Wider Context ... and a Critique of "Tribal" Gender Categories 137
7 Paradox and Negotiation in a Wider Context: Species 161
8 Paradox and Negotiation in a Wider Context: Nations 175
Epilogue: "The Scent of a Spring Day" 197
References 207
Index 215
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