Freud and Beyond: A History of Modern Psychoanalytic Thought

Freud and Beyond: A History of Modern Psychoanalytic Thought

by Stephen A. Mitchell, Margaret J. Black

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The classic, in-depth history of psychoanalysis, presenting over a hundred years of thought and theories

Sigmund Freud's concepts have become a part of our psychological vocabulary: unconscious thoughts and feelings, conflict, the meaning of dreams, the sensuality of childhood. But psychoanalytic thinking has undergone an enormous expansion and transformation since Freud's death in 1939. With Freud and Beyond, Stephen A. Mitchell and Margaret J. Black make the full scope of twentieth century psychoanalytic thinking-from Harry Stack Sullivan to Jacques Lacan; D.W. Winnicott to Melanie Klein-available for the first time.

Richly illustrated with case examples, this lively, jargon-free introduction makes modern psychoanalytic thought accessible at last.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465098811
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 05/10/2016
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 239,444
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Stephen A. Mitchell (1946-2000) was a leader in the field of modern psychoanalysis. An adjunct professor and clinical supervisor at New York University's postdoctoral program in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, Mitchell's emphasis on the relational perspective shaped the way that American psychoanalysts practice their profession. He was the founding editor of the journal Psychoanalytic Dialogues and the author of several influential books, including Object Relations in Psychoanalytic Theory and Hope and Dread in Psychoanalysis.

Margaret J. Black, LCSW, is founding board member of the Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Studies. She is also a board director of the National Institute for the Psychotherapies, a founding board member and vice president of International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, an associate editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues, and a member of the editorial board for Studies in Gender and Sexuality. She holds a BA from the University of Michigan and an MS from Columbia University, and is a graduate of the Analytic Institute, Postgraduate Center.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the 2016 Edition

1. Sigmund Freud and the Classical Psychoanalytic Tradition

2. Ego Psychology

3. Harry Stack Sullivan and Interpersonal Psychoanalysis

4. Melanie Kline and Contemporary Kleinian Theory

5. The British Object Relations School: W.R.D. Fairbairn and D.W. Winnicott

6. Psychologies of Identity and Self: Erik Erikson and Heinz Kohut

7. Contemporary Freudian Revisionists: Otto Kernberg, Roy Schafer, Hans Leowald, and Jaques Lacan

8. Controversies in Theory

9. Controversies in Technique

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emerikka More than 1 year ago
I am taking an introductory course on psychoanalysis now, and this book has been SO HELPFUL. At the beginning of my course, when hearing the psychoanalysts talk about their patients using psychoanalytic jargon, I had NO IDEA what was going on. I can tell that this book has taught me a lot because I no longer feel as completely lost as to what the psychoanalysts are saying. In fact, I can sometimes hear something and think “Hmm… that approach seems in-line with the object relations school” or “that interpretation reminds me of Klein’s thinking”. That being said, as I have discovered, this is primarily a history of psychoanalysis, and many of the theories described are somewhat antiquated. I think I want to follow up this read with something that describes more modern psychoanalytic thinking, like Nancy McWilliams’s “Psychoanalytic Diagnosis”. My only “gripe” with this book is that it can be difficult to understand. In part, I think this is because the theories presented are just genuinely really complicated theories (for example, Chapter 4: Melanie Klein and Contemporary Kleinian Theory). However, the authors do their best to break it down to make it more accessible, which is successful the majority of the time (I still don’t understand the section on Fairbairn’s “splitting of the ego”). One of the most delightful aspects of this book is the colorful patient cases used, which really illustrate and explain the different psychoanalytic approaches. However, another reason why this can be a difficult read is just the writing style: using big words (throwing around the word “hermeneutics” like I know what that means) and long sentences. While this book is not “light reading” and can be difficult to go through, it is so worth it.