Seeing and Being Seen: Emerging from a Psychic Retreat

Seeing and Being Seen: Emerging from a Psychic Retreat

by John Steiner
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Seeing and Being Seen: Emerging from a Psychic Retreat examines the themes that surface when considering clinical situations where patients feel stuck and where a failure to develop impedes the progress of analysis.

This book analyses the anxieties and challenges confronted by patients as they begin to emerge from the protection of psychic

See more details below

Overview

Seeing and Being Seen: Emerging from a Psychic Retreat examines the themes that surface when considering clinical situations where patients feel stuck and where a failure to develop impedes the progress of analysis.

This book analyses the anxieties and challenges confronted by patients as they begin to emerge from the protection of psychic retreats. Divided into three parts, areas of discussion include:

  • embarrassment, shame, and humiliation
  • helplessness, power, and dominance
  • mourning, melancholia, and the repetition compulsion.

As well as offering fresh ideas, Steiner bases his creative and integrative efforts on previous contributions by psychoanalysts including Freud, Klein, Rosenfeld, and Bion. As such, this book will be of interest to psychoanalysts, clinical psychotherapists, and all those with an interest in the psychoanalytic field.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"After the great success of Psychic Retreats, published in 1993, the appearance of John Steiner’s second book is very much to be welcomed. In this book, based on nine papers published between 1996 and 2011, Steiner continues and develops his thinking on change and obstacles to change along a number of fertile lines. One of the hallmarks of his work is his experience near and humane approach, where the strengths and frailties of both patient and analyst in the psychoanalytic relationship are examined." -Jane Milton, International Journal of Psychoanalysis

"John Steiner continues the explorations he began in his excellent Psychic Retreats. In the course of fulfilling his aims, he has also summed up and enriched contemporary insight into many other aspects of the work of psychoanalysis and has laid out a Kleinian approach to resistance that is up-to-date, inclusive, and detailed." - Roy Schafer, from the Foreword

"In this book... Steiner has given us rich clinical insight, grounded in his highly sensitive understanding of what he might call the facts of life: the reality of time and loss, of our dependence on our objects, of need and power, and finally of death. Throughout the book Steiner presents clinical problems that are at once vexing and ordinary—and shows us his extraordinary capacity to not only theorize the problem at hand, but to look closely at his own involvement as perhaps a part of the problem he is trying to solve. In describing patients as they emerge from psychic retreats, he has given us a beautiful testimony to the reality of doing analytic work—its strains, pitfalls, and possibilities." - Lynne Zeavin, Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 2012

"I found Seeing and Being Seen to be enormously useful, both theoretically and clinically. ... Most important, I found as I read this collection of essays, helped along especially by Steiner’s always vivid clinical examples, that I was frequently seeing my own clinical experiences in a new or different light, with possibilities opened up for movement and growth. It is hard to ask for more than this from a psychoanalytic book." - Jean Roiphe, Psychoanalytic Quarterly, October 2012, Vol. 81, No. 4

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781136654770
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/28/2011
Series:
New Library of Psychoanalysis
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
216
File size:
0 MB

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >