The Ego and Analysis of Defense, by Paul Gray, without a doubt represents a major advance in analytic technique. This book, together with the series of seminal journal articles he published over the past 30 years are a testament to Gray's pioneering intellect. They have stirred up enormous interest and controversy about the most important part of psychoanalytic technique: how the analyst listens. This second edition of Gray's book contains four additional papers, two of them known to his readership from their ...
The Ego and Analysis of Defense, by Paul Gray, without a doubt represents a major advance in analytic technique. This book, together with the series of seminal journal articles he published over the past 30 years are a testament to Gray's pioneering intellect. They have stirred up enormous interest and controversy about the most important part of psychoanalytic technique: how the analyst listens. This second edition of Gray's book contains four additional papers, two of them known to his readership from their publication in 1996 and 2000. The two others contain ideas not published before.
Paul Gray shows just what it takes to carry out the analysis of the ego, most of all the analysis of defense. An acknowledged master practitioner and teacher, he practices what he teaches, maximizing the patient's experiencing the flow of moments in the here-and-now clinical setting and relationship. This he does by steadily using and developing the patient's own powers of self-observation. An added benefit is an excellent section on supervision. Combining a firm allegiance to psychoanalytic tradition with expertise on the cutting edge of clinical work, Paul Gray's book meets a basic need that will be felt for as long as psychoanalysis lives; it is the need to maintain a focus 'not on the life,' as he says, but on the psyche that both makes that life and copes with it, often all too blindly.
Paul Gray challenges us to get rid of the last vestiges of our hypnotic-authoritarian roots and to refine a technique emphasizing the collaborative analytic effort to comprehend the patient's mind at work. The Ego and Analysis of Defense will be read with admiration for Dr. Gray's scholarship and creativity; at the end the reader will find Gray's position compelling, his argument sound. He is one of a small group of psychoanalysts who have earned the rank of master.
Paul Gray earned his B.A. and M.D. degrees at the University of Chicago. As a training and supervising analyst with the Baltimore-Washington Institute for Psychoanalysis for many years, he taught candidates and graduates, as well as social workers and psychiatric residents in the community. Elected twice as Councillor-at-Large, Dr. Gray was active with the American Psychoanalytic Association. For more than thirty years he was a regular participant in the semi-annual conferences of the Center for Advanced Psychoanalytic Studies, held in Princeton, NJ. In 1997, Dr. Gray gave the Freud Memorial Lecture at the New York Psychoanalytic Society. In 2000, he received the American Psychoanalytic Association Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychoanalytic Education, and was the recipient of the Mary S. Sigourney Trust Honorary Award for Outstanding Contribution to Psychoanalysis.
Chapter 1 Foreword to the Second Edition
Chapter 2 Foreword
Chapter 3 Preface
Chapter 4 Acknowledgments
Part 5 Part I: Technique
Chapter 6 The Capacity for Viewing Intrapsychic Activity
Chapter 7 ''Developmental Lag'' in the Evolution of Technique
Chapter 8 On Helping Analysands Observe Intrapsychic Activity
Chapter 9 The Nature of Therapeutic Action in Psychoanalysis
Chapter 10 The Analysis of the Ego's Inhibiting Superego Activities
Chapter 11 The Analysis of the Ego's Permissive Superego
Chapter 12 Memory as Resistance, and the Telling of a Dream
Part 13 Part II: Teaching and Supervisory Guidelines
Chapter 14 A Guide to Analysis of the Ego in Conflict
Chapter 15 Brief Psychotherapy, Dynamic Psychotherapy, and Psychoanalysis
Chapter 16 The Ego's Predictable Response to the Unfamiliar Analytic Situation
Chapter 17 A Brief Historical Perspective Regarding Defenses against Instinctual Drive Derivatives Reaching Consciousness
Chapter 18 Reflections on Supervision
Chapter 19 Elements of Supervision
Chapter 20 A Conversation with Paul Gray
Chapter 21 Undoing the Lag in the Technique of Conflict and Defense Analysis
Chapter 22 Facilitating the Analysis of Conflicted Drive Derivatives of Aggression
Chapter 23 Close Process Attention and Termination
Chapter 24 References
Chapter 25 Credits
Chapter 26 Index
Chapter 27 About the Author