The second edition of this groundbreaking text represents a complete departure from the structure and format of its predecessor. Though still exhaustive in scope and designed to provide a knowledge base for a broad audience -- from the beginning student to the seasoned analyst or academician -- this revision emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of psychoanalytic thought and boldly focuses on current American psychoanalysis in all its conceptual and clinical diversity. This approach reflects the perspective of ...

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The second edition of this groundbreaking text represents a complete departure from the structure and format of its predecessor. Though still exhaustive in scope and designed to provide a knowledge base for a broad audience -- from the beginning student to the seasoned analyst or academician -- this revision emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of psychoanalytic thought and boldly focuses on current American psychoanalysis in all its conceptual and clinical diversity. This approach reflects the perspective of the two new co-editors, whose backgrounds in linguistics and social anthropology inform and enrich their clinical practice, and the six new section editors, who themselves reflect the diversity of backgrounds and thinking in contemporary American psychoanalysis.

The book begins with Freud and his circle, and the origins of psychoanalysis, and goes on to explore its development in the post-Freud era. This general introduction orients the reader and helps to contextualize the six sections that follow. • The most important tenets of psychoanalysis are defined and described in the "Core Concepts" section, including theories of motivation, unconscious processes, transference and countertransference, defense and resistance, and gender and sexuality). These eight chapters constitute an excellent introduction to the field of psychoanalysis.• The "Schools of Thought" section features chapters on the most influential theories -- from object relations to self psychology, to attachment theory and relational psychoanalysis, and includes the contributions of Klein and Bion and of Lacan.• Rather than making developmental theory a separate section, as in the last edition, developmental themes now permeate the "Schools of Thought" section and illuminate other theories and topics throughout the edition.• Taking a more clinical turn, the "Treatment and Technique" section addresses critical subjects such as transference and countertransference; theories of therapeutic action; process, interpretation, and resistance, termination and reanalysis; combined psychoanalysis and psychopharmacotherapy, child analysis, ethics, and the relationship between psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychotherapy. • A substantive, utterly current, and meticulously referenced section on "Research" provides an in-depth discussion of outcome, process, and developmental research.• The section entitled "Psychoanalysis and Other Disciplines" takes the reader on a fascinating tour through the many fields that psychoanalysis has enriched and been enriched by, including the neurosciences, philosophy, anthropology, race/ethnicity, literature, visual arts, film, and music.• A comprehensive Glossary completes this indispensable text.

The Textbook of Psychoanalysis is the only comprehensive textbook of psychoanalysis available in the United States. This masterful revision will both instruct and engage those who are learning psychoanalysis, those who practice it, and those who apply its theories to related disciplines. Though always controversial, this model of the human psyche still provides the best and most comprehensive insight into human nature.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Steven T. Herron, MD (Assurance Health and Wellness)
Description: Written by leading psychiatrists in the various schools that make up this diverse field, this is an update of a book on psychoanalysis last published in 2005.
Purpose: Penned to reach a broad audience, this revision is meant to provide a fundamental knowledge base regarding a wide range of topics in the field, from core concepts of therapy, to research in the field, to how the discipline interacts with other specialties inside and outside of medicine.
Audience: Though written for "the beginning student" to the "seasoned analyst or academician," this book seems more appropriate for those with at least some clinical experience in the fields of psychiatry or psychology.
Features: New to this edition is the focus on the variety of approaches within the category of American psychoanalysis; the previous edition had a more international scope. Though there are few diagrams, tables, or illustrations, each chapter ends with a "Key Points" section and current and relevant references. Additionally, clinically useful case examples highlight important ideas. Most intriguing are the chapters involving psychoanalysis and the practice as it relates to other areas, including literature, film, music, anthropology, and the visual arts.
Assessment: Though I have little experience with the previous edition of this book, it is clear the revisions are well thought out and relevant to the current practice of psychoanalysis in any of its forms. The discussions are thoughtful and carefully crafted, yet maintain a sense of brevity to prevent overwhelming readers with too much detail, which can distract from the overall clinical picture. Although it is unlikely that a novice could open this book and immediately comprehend many of its concepts, the art, science, and practice of psychoanalysis is mastered over the span of many years, and this book is a good companion for this learning process.
Rosemary H. Balsam

This volume should serve to stimulate and nurture the intellectual curiosity and excitement of any student, trainee, or practitioner about learning, exploring, and employing the varying theories of mind under the umbrella of psychoanalysis.


This is a solid introduction to psychoanalysis which contains all the appropriate elements for building the appropriate knowledge base for further exploration of the literature. Textbook of Psychoanalysis, 2nd Edition should thus be read widely by those interested not only in psychoanalysis specifically, but those involved in psychology, sociology and cultural studies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585629794
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/24/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 636
  • File size: 18 MB
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Meet the Author

Glen O. Gabbard, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York; Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas; and Training and Supervising Analyst at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in Houston, Texas.

Bonnie E. Litowitz, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Rush Medical School and is also on the faculty at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis.

Paul Williams, Ph.D., is a training and supervising analyst with the British Psychoanalytical Society.

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Table of Contents

Preface. Section I: General Introduction. Freud and his circle. Psychoanalysis in North America after Freud. Section II: Core Concepts. Theories of motivation. Unconscious processes. Transference. Countertransference: an instrument of the analysis. Defense and resistance. Intersubjectivity. Childhood experiences and the adult world. Gender and sexuality. Section III: Schools of Thought. Classical psychoanalysis: past and present. Object relations. Klein and Bion. Self psychology. Relational psychoanalysis. Jacques Lacan. Infant research and adult psychotherapy. Section IV: Treatment and Technique. Transference, countertransference, and the real theories of therapeutic action and their clinical consequences. Process, resistance, and interpretation. Termination and reanalysis. Combining psychoanalysis and psychopharmacology: theory and technique. Technique in child analysis. Ethics in psychoanalysis. Psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychotherapy: historical development and present relationship. Section V: Research. Research on outcomes of psychoanalysis and psychoanalysis-derived psychotherapies. Psychoanalytic process research. Developmental research. Section VI: Psychoanalysis and Other Disciplines. Psychoanalysis and the neurosciences. Psychoanalysis and philosophy. Psychoanalysis and anthropology. Race, ethnicity, and nationality. Psychoanalysis and literature. Psychoanalysis and the visual arts. Psychoanalysis and film. Psychoanalysis and music. Glossary. Index.

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