Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Technique: A Lacanian Approach for Practitioners

Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Technique: A Lacanian Approach for Practitioners

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by Bruce Fink
     
 

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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

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

APA Division 39 Newsletter
“[A] useful and detailed work for the professionals who want to familiarize themselves with Lacan’s psychoanalytic theories.”
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.”
Journal of Phenomenological Psychology
“[A] fervent, an appealing, and a unique contribution in the literature of psychoanalysis…should enjoy a wide readership.”
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.”
PsychCentral
“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.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393707366
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
04/18/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
File size:
781 KB

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.

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