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Does psychoanalysis have a future?

Psychoanalysis is not a relic of a bygone era, argues Jeffrey B. Rubin in A Psychoanalysis for Our Time. Rather, it has profound relevance for our troubled time.

Steering a balanced course between Freud's virulent attackers and his loyalist defenders, Rubin discerns both blind spots and hidden strengths in psychoanalysis. He reveals its covert authoritarianism, Byzantine politics, censorship of dissident thinkers, residual sexism, and overly simplistic accounts of self. A Psychoanalysis for Our Time does not only cogently critique psychoanalysis, however; it also offers a visionary approach for its renewal, based on cultivating greater historical, theoretical, and methodological self-awareness within psychoanalysis.

Drawing on history, deconstructionism, feminism, anthropology, and Eastern meditative disciplines, Rubin portrays a psychoanalysis that is self-reflective and non-authoritarian, pluralistic and emancipatory. Encyclopedic in scope, integrative in spirit, A Psychoanalysis for Our Time is a brilliant and landmark work.

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"Vitally important .for those interested in psychoanalysis Many have questioned, and rightly so, the relevance of psychoanalysis for the new millenium. It is the richest of the psychological disciplines, and yet has come close to relegating itself to an intellectual and clinical antiquity due to its arrogance, suspicion of new ideas, and tribal social nature. This volume is a necessary and powerful corrective to psychoanalytic blindness. Jeffrey Rubin offers psychoanalysis and psychoanalysts a new vision that preserves the powerful, unique contribution of the discipline while instilling a humane, receptive, and intellectually vital perspective on the field and its endeavors."

-Jerry Gold,Ph.D.

"By examining and confronting both psychoanalysis' strengths and its blind spots, this beautifully written and visionary book points the way toward a posthumanistic psychoanalysis characterized by self-reflectiveness, diversity, and an enormous emancipatory potential. A Psychoanalysis for Our Time is a breath of fresh air for all who are interested in the revitalization of contemporary psychoanalysis."

-Robert D. Stolorow,coauthor of Working Intersubjectively

As a psychoanalyst and psychotherapist, Rubin argues that psychoanalysis is in need of revision in order to remain relevant today because its interest in both decoding and concealing the truth is simultaneously its strength and weakness. Rubin attempts a middle course between blind acceptance and premature dismissal. Although parts one and two focus on the history, institutions, and theory of psychoanalysis, the remainder constitutes a non-traditional and self-consciously experimental approach wherein the author reflects on his own work, his theoretical omissions, and the unsolved problems in his discourse. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814774915
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey B. Rubin practices psychoanalysis and psychoanalytically-oriented psychotherapy in New York City and Bedford Hills, New York. He has taught at various psychoanalytic institutes and universities including The Postgraduate Center for Mental Health, The Object Relations Institute, The C.G. Jung Foundation of New York, and Yeshiva University. He is the author of Psychotherapy and Buddhism: Toward an Integration.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
I Psychoanalytic History and Institutions 11
1 To See or Not to See? That Was Freud's Dilemma 13
2 Politics and Censorship in Psychoanalysis: Sandor Ferenczi and the Secret Committee 38
3 Fostering Tolerance and Creativity in the Culture of Psychoanalysis 49
II Psychoanalytic Theory 65
4 Psychoanalysts and Their Gods 69
5 The Wish to Be Seen and the Dread of Being Found: A Psychobiographical Study of D. W. Winnicott 81
6 Does the True Self Really Exist? A Critique of Winnicott's True Self Concept 99
7 Kohut's Bipolar Self Revisited 114
8 Psychoanalysis Is Self-Centered 126
III Psychoanalytic Practice 141
9 Freud's Legacy: Toward a Posthumanist Practice and a Multidimensional Self 143
10 The Psychoanalyst and Freedom 154
11 The Analyst's Authority 173
Conclusion 197
Notes 203
References 223
Index 247
About the Author 255
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