Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Technique: A Lacanian Approach for Practitioners

( 1 )


An introduction to psychoanalytic technique from a Lacanian perspective.
What does it mean to practice psychoanalysis as Jacques Lacan did? How did Lacan translate his original theoretical insights into moment-to-moment psychoanalytic technique? And what makes a Lacanian approach to treatment different from other approaches? These are among the questions that Bruce Fink, a leading translator and expositor of Lacan's work, addresses in Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Technique by ...

See more details below
Paperback (New Edition)
$20.92 price
(Save 8%)$22.95 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (7) from $19.85   
  • New (6) from $19.85   
  • Used (1) from $20.91   
Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Technique: A Lacanian Approach for Practitioners

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$12.99 price
(Save 43%)$22.95 List Price


An introduction to psychoanalytic technique from a Lacanian perspective.
What does it mean to practice psychoanalysis as Jacques Lacan did? How did Lacan translate his original theoretical insights into moment-to-moment psychoanalytic technique? And what makes a Lacanian approach to treatment different from other approaches? These are among the questions that Bruce Fink, a leading translator and expositor of Lacan's work, addresses in Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Technique by describing and amply exemplifying the innovative techniques (such as punctuation, scansion, and oracular interpretation) developed by Lacan to uncover unconscious desire, lift repression, and bring about change.
Unlike any other writer on Lacan to date, Fink illustrates his Lacanian approach to listening, questioning, punctuating, scanding, and interpreting with dozens of actual clinical examples. He clearly outlines the fundamentals of working with dreams, daydreams, and fantasies, discussing numerous anxiety dreams, nightmares, and fantasies told to him by his own patients. By examining transference and countertransference in detail through the use of clinical vignettes, Fink lays out the major differences (regarding transference interpretation, self-disclosure, projective identification, and the therapeutic frame) between mainstream psychoanalytic practice and Lacanian practice. He critiques the ever more prevalent normalizing attitude in psychoanalysis today and presents crucial facets of Lacan's approach to the treatment of neurosis, as well as of his entirely different approach to the treatment of psychosis.Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Technique is an introduction to psychoanalytic technique from a Lacanian perspective that is based on Fink's many years of experience working as an analyst and supervising clinicians, including graduate students in clinical psychology, social workers, psychiatrists, psychotherapists, and psychoanalysts. Designed for a wide range of practitioners and requiring no previous knowledge of Lacan's work, this primer is accessible to therapists of many different persuasions with diverse degrees of clinical experience, from novices to seasoned analysts.
Fink's goal throughout is to present the implications of Lacan's highly novel work for psychoanalytic technique across a broad spectrum of interventions. The techniques covered (all of which are designed to get at the unconscious, repression, and repetition compulsion) can be helpful to a wide variety of practitioners, often transforming their practices radically in a few short months.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

APA Division 39 Newsletter
“[A] useful and detailed work for the professionals who want to familiarize themselves with Lacan’s psychoanalytic theories.”
Journal of Phenomenological Psychology
“[A] fervent, an appealing, and a unique contribution in the literature of psychoanalysis…should enjoy a wide readership.”
“Bruce Fink restores psychoanalysis’s relevance and explains it in ways I dare say few of us ever understood or appreciated. . . . Every chapter contains insights worth pondering, not just about the analytic process, but about human nature itself. . . . [It] deserves to be read by a wide audience.”
Otto E. Kernberg
“One major lack in the psychoanalytic literature has been of a comprehensive, clear overview of psychoanalytic technique from a Lacanian perspective. This book finally overcomes this lack. Bruce Fink's text conveys a systematic, comprehensive summary of the technical implications of the Lacanian approach, which he differentiates from the corresponding technical views of the psychoanalytic mainstream–the ego psychological, Kleinian, and British Independent schools–and from the intersubjective-relational approach.”
Mitchell Wilson
“Here readers will find trenchant discussions of a variety of topics central to psychoanalytic practice, such as analytic listening, punctuation, scanding, interpretation, transference, and countertransference. Dr. Fink is especially brilliant in his consideration of other psychoanalytic theories and writers, and demonstrates with striking clarity the differences between them and Lacanian analysis.”
Dany Nobus
“With his new book, Bruce Fink is proving once again that he is the undisputed leader of clinical Lacanian psychoanalysis in the Anglo-American world. With his characteristic blend of theoretical rigor, clinical acumen, and dry wit, Fink has quite simply reinvented the truth of Lacanian psychoanalysis, and his book will no doubt be as fundamental for a whole generation of scholars and practitioners as the techniques that it sets out to explain and advance.”
Jamieson Webster - PsycCRITIQUES
“[A] welcome relief that a burgeoning discourse between two worlds that have remained radically separate may be possible...It is a clear and cogent work...For the purposes of training and guiding beginning clinicians, this book is of particular importance...This book has the distinct advantage over both his earlier work and work by other Lacanians in taking up a compare-and-contrast relationship with contemporary theories of psychoanalysis...Perhaps Fink will provide the anima for the leap into this foreign terrain with the reassurance that one will not only land safely, but will be all the better off for it.”
Metapsychology Online Reviews
“Bruce Fink's new book. . . goes a long way toward providing the kind of systematic introduction to Lacanian technique that is sorely needed in the United States. Fink's book also manages to ground an introduction to Lacan's theory in rich descriptions of the analytic encounter. . . . Bruce Fink has written a wonderful and necessary book about Lacanian analytic technique. It is closely argued, rich in content, and it is clearly a book that either beginning therapists or more experienced clinicians will benefit from reading.”
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393707250
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/26/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,416,887
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Fink,today’s premier translator of Lacan, is winner of a Translation Prize from the French-American Foundation for his translation of Lacan's Ecrits. He is a professor of psychology at Duquesne University and lives in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Preface     ix
Listening and Hearing     1
Asking Questions     24
Punctuating     36
Scanding (The Variable-length Session)     47
Interpreting     74
Working with Dreams, Daydreams, and Fantasies     101
Handling Transference and Countertransference     126
"Phone Analysis" (Variations on the Psychoanalytic Situation)     189
Non-normalizing Analysis     206
Treating Psychosis     231
Afterword     273
Bibliography     279
Index     291
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2014

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)