The Analyst's Preconscious

The Analyst's Preconscious

by Victoria Hamilton
     
 

How do the analyst's consciously held theoretical commitments intersect with the actual conduct of analysis? Do commitments to notions like "psychic truth" or "analytic neutrality" affect interpretive style, the willingness to acknowledge treatment mistakes, and other pragmatic preferences? Does the commitment to cerain comcepts entail commitment to related ideas

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How do the analyst's consciously held theoretical commitments intersect with the actual conduct of analysis? Do commitments to notions like "psychic truth" or "analytic neutrality" affect interpretive style, the willingness to acknowledge treatment mistakes, and other pragmatic preferences? Does the commitment to cerain comcepts entail commitment to related ideas and practices to the exclusion of others?

This is the uncharted domain that Victoria Hamilton explores in The Analyst's Preconscious. At the heart of her endeavor is an imaginatively conceived empirical investigation revolving around in-depth interviews with 65 leading analysts in the United States and Britain. In these lively and free-ranging discussions, the reader encounter firsthand the thoughtfulness with which practitioners wrestle with the ambiguous relations between various theoretical positions, whether or not their own, and the exigencies of the therapeutic encounter.

The result is a uniquely detailed map of contemporary psychoanalysis. Hamilton documents the existence of different analytic cultures, each shaped by a need to maintain inner consistency among fundamental assumptions and also by extratheoretical factors, including geography, collegial experiences, and exposure to particular teachers and supervisors.

A major contribution to understanding the pluralism of contemporary psychoanalysis, The Analyst's Preconscious is also a celebration of the dedication and sensitivity with which contemporary analysts seek to organize their therapeutic practices amidst the welter of proliferating concepts and rival schools of thought. Coming at a critical juncture in the history of the field, this work is indispensable to all who care about psychoanalytic culture and psychoanalytic practice, and especially about the analyst's real-world adaptation to the theoretical turbulence of our time.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780881632217
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/28/1996
Pages:
362
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Introduction1
Ch. 2Pluralism and Belief19
Ch. 3"One Is Not Neutral About Psychic Truth"41
Ch. 4Objective Reality and the "Real Relationship": Freudian Views71
Ch. 5Objective Reality and the "Real Relationship": British Independent, Kleinian, and American Self-Psychological Views103
Ch. 6Containment and the Holding Environment: American Analysts127
Ch. 7Holding and Containment: British Analysts147
Ch. 8Do Patient Really Love: Their Analysts?165
Ch. 9Countertransference: Affective, Cognitive, and Imaginative Responsiveness191
Ch. 10The Analysts's Model of Change223
Ch. 11The Reparative Process249
Ch. 12Dream Interpretation in Contemporary Psychoanalysis281
Afterword309
Appendix319
References333
Index337

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