Family Therapy Beyond Postmodernism: Practice Challenges Theory

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Overview

Postmodernist ideas are widely used in family therapy. However, it is argued that these ideas have their limits in meeting the richness and complexity of human experience. Psychoanalysis provides an alternative understanding, which may be used alongside other systemic ideas. Family Therapy, Postmodernism and Psychoanalysis examines postmodernism and its expression in family therapy, raising questions about realities and realness, the subjective process of truth and the experience of self. It identifies difficulties in any sole reliance on narrative and social constructionist ideas, and puts forward the theory that psychoanalytic ideas can offer an alternative understanding.

Areas covered include: attachment and the unconscious; transference, countertransference and projective identification in the context of understandings of time and analytic ideas about thinking and containment in considering the therapeutic relationship in family therapy.

This book offers a sustained critical discussion of contemporary family therapy knowledge, and develops a place for psychoanalytic ideas in systemic thinking and practice. It will be of great interest to psychotherapists, family therapists and other mental health professionals.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415182997
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Connections in Postmodern Times - An Introduction. The Shape of Postmodernism. Social Constructionist Ideas and the Narrative Metaphor. The Question of Reality and Realness. Truth as a Process. The Narrative Self and the Limits of Language. Postmodernist Limits and Intersecting Psychoanalytic Ideas. Attachment and the Unconscious. Transference, Projective Identification and Time. Further Thoughts on the Therapeutic Relationship. Concluding Comments.
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