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Retelling a Life: Narration and Dialogue in Psychoanalysis

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Here is the long-awaited new book by the influential, always provocative psychoanalyst, Roy Schafer. It focuses on a vacuum that has developed between psychoanalysis and critical thinkers in the social sciences and humanities. Schafer’s goal is to weave psychoanalytic discourse into the tapestry of modern trends in intellectual history, notably linguistic and hermeneutic approaches to interpretation.The manner in which we ”narrate” our lives is the central theme of psychoanalytic discourse and a critical issue ...

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Overview

Here is the long-awaited new book by the influential, always provocative psychoanalyst, Roy Schafer. It focuses on a vacuum that has developed between psychoanalysis and critical thinkers in the social sciences and humanities. Schafer’s goal is to weave psychoanalytic discourse into the tapestry of modern trends in intellectual history, notably linguistic and hermeneutic approaches to interpretation.The manner in which we ”narrate” our lives is the central theme of psychoanalytic discourse and a critical issue for all of us, Roy Schafer argues. Narrating, giving an account, presenting a version: these terms make up the core vocabulary of the narrative approach. From this perspective, Schafer offers a new understanding of such diverse issues as men’s struggle against sentimentality; women and power; happiness and failure; and analysts’ sublimated love for their patients.Whether he’s redefining the self, reinterpreting Freud, or counteracting the stereotype of the aloof, authoritarian, and patriarchal analyst, Schafer’s rich observations will inform and stimulate not only analysts but all those interested in psychoanalytic thought as an intellectual current of our times.

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Numerous clinical examples illustrate the author's approach, which exploits the usefulness of narratological and dialogical considerations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465069385
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 4/29/1994
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Roy Schafer, Ph.D., is a training and supervising analyst at Columbia University’s Psychoanalytic Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. He was the first Freud Memorial Professor at University College in London and has been honored twice by the American Psychological Association for his contributions to psychoanalysis and professional knowledge. He lectures extensively throughout the United States and abroad and is the author of, among other works, A New Language for Psychoanalysis, Aspects of Internalization, and The Analytic Attitude (Basic, 1983).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. I Narrating the Self
Ch. 1 Self-interest, Self Interest, and the Termination of Psychoanalysis 3
Ch. 2 Narratives of the Self 21
Ch. 3 Self-deception, Defense, and Narration 36
Pt. II Narrating Gender
Ch. 4 Problems in Freud's Psychology of Women 59
Ch. 5 The Phallocentric Narrative of Impotence and Frigidity 82
Ch. 6 The Idealization of Unhappiness and the Pursuit of Failure 100
Ch. 7 Men Who Struggle Against Sentimentality 116
Ch. 8 Women Lost in the Maze of Power and Rage 128
Pt. III Theories as Master Narratives
Ch. 9 Reading Freud's Legacies 147
Ch. 10 The Sense of an Answer: Clinical and Applied Psychoanalysis Compared 165
Ch. 11 The Search for Common Ground 187
Pt. IV Versions of Practice
Ch. 12 Another Defense: "First, the Bad News" 195
Ch. 13 Psychic Reality, Developmental Influences, and Unconscious Communication 205
Ch. 14 Resistance: The Wrong Story?
I "The Resistance" and Freud's Countertransference 219
II A Clinical Critique of the Concept of Resistance 233
Ch. 15 Problems of Training Analysis 248
Ch. 16 Psychoanalysis, Pseudoanalysis, and Psychotherapy 266
Ch. 17 Narrating Psychotherapy
I Talking to Patients 281
II The Termination of Brief Therapy 292
Ch. 18 Analytic Love 305
References 309
Credits 317
Index 319
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