From ID to Subjectivity: Talking about the Talking Cure with Master Clinicians

From Id to Intersubjectivity: Talking about the Talking Cure with Master Clinicians

Psychoanalysis has moved a long way from the techniques of classical psychoanalysis but these changes have not been understood or disseminated to the wider community. Even university scholars and students of psychology have an archetypal view of the original form of psychoanalysis and do not appreciate that major changes have occurred.

This book commences with a detailed outline of the origins of psychoanalysis and an explanation of key terms, which are often misinterpreted. The second chapter examines the changes that have occurred in theorising and practice over the past 120 years and explores key developments. The following chapters contain an interview with a practitioner working in one of each of the four major branches of modern psychoanalysis – object relations, attachment informed psychotherapy, intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy, and relational and intersubjective theory. There follows textual, content, conceptual, and thematic analyses of the transcripts of interviews and commentaries on a therapy excerpt exploring commonalities and differences among these theoretical approaches. The book closes with a consideration of how these differences translate into clinical practice.

This book aims to appeal to a wide audience, including clinical practitioners, students of psychology and psychotherapy, the informed lay public, and those thinking about commencing an analysis.

Pascal on 12/10/2015 

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"This uniquely constructed book reviews four of the current main models of psychodynamic psychotherapy as it is theorized and practised clinically. The four models (object relations, attachment theory, exsistential/phenomenological and ISTDP) are firstly elucidated via in depth interviews with a major proponent of each model. Each clinician then comments on a transcript of a psychoanalytic session, assessing both the therapist's interventions and interpretations, and the patient's functioning. The format, unique in my experience, offers an ideal training tool for teachers and students of the psychodynamic psychotherapies. I recommend this book highly, especially to courses at the master and doctoral level of training. It brings a clarity to both concept and technique of psychotherapy."

From The Forward

In this book Dianna Kenny sets out to discover what remains of Freud in contemporary psychoanalytic practice. To do this, she engages us in an intensive dialogue with four eminent practitioners. While no four people can be said to be representative of an entire community of practitioners they are each distinctive and different with respect to their theoretical framework and the cultural milieu within which they operate. After the interviews, she lets them loose on a therapy transcript, which acts as a kind of Rorschach inkblot onto which they project their fantasies about the patient and the therapist.

Before we meet the four clinicians, Professor Kenny sets the scene with an unusually lucid exposition of the core ideas of Freud and post-Freudian psychoanalysis. This is an heroic task to accomplish in two chapters but she achieves it with remarkable fluency. Inevitably some detail is missing but the core ideas are so clearly enunciated that these chapters alone will prove to be invaluable to any person seeking to navigate this complex and jargon-infested territory. 

Professor Robert King PhD
Queensland University of Technology

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