Psychoanalysis
Wisdom Won from Illness
Essays in Philosophy and Psychoanalysis
By Jonathan Lear
Review by Gregory A. Trotter on Fri, Oct 13th 2017.
Wisdom Won from Illness by Jonathan Lear Jonathan Lear has done more than most to draw out the philosophical implications and import of psychoanalysis. In much of his work at the intersection of philosophy and psychoanalysis, Lear focuses on the practical, moral dimension of psychoanalytic theory and practice. He poses basic but far-reaching questions like: How does psychoanalysis work? What would it mean to affect psychical change? What are the conditions in which such a change can occur? This practical focus stems from both his experience as a clinician as well as from his vast knowledge of psychoanalytic and philosophic literature
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Freud
In His Time and Ours
By Élisabeth Roudinesco
Review by Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi, Ph.D. on Tue, May 23rd 2017.
  This is a translation of a book published in Paris in 2014. The author defines her argument as follows: "...what Freud thought he was discovering was at bottom nothing but the product of a society, a familial environment, and a political situation whose signification he interpreted masterfully so as to ascribe it to the work of the unconscious"   (p.   4). The book fails to develop  this  interesting and radical view, and the author is probably less than equal to the task.       The author's aim is to present Freud's ideas and ac
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Freud by Élisabeth Roudinesco

Freud
An Intellectual Biography
By Joel Whitebook
Review by Michael Maidan on Tue, Apr 18th 2017.
Freud by Joel WhitebookJoel Whitebook is a practicing psychoanalyst, a teacher and researcher associated with Columbia University where he directs the Psychoanalytic Studies Program.  His Freud: An Intellectual Biography  'is a study of the relation between the unfolding of his thinking and crucial developments in his life history' (16). The book is a readable, enjoyable and well-documented biography of Freud that summarizes current scholarship, and makes good use of recently published archival materials. But, it is also more than that. Whitebook argues that we can identify two aspects in Freud's theory. O
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What Freud Really Meant
A Chronological Reconstruction of his Theory of the Mind
By Susan Sugarman
Review by Sebastian Petzolt, DPhil on Tue, Oct 25th 2016.
The premise of Sugarman's book What Freud Really Meant (WFRM) is that Freud's theories are frequently misunderstood as overly simplistic and unacceptably misanthropic, along the following lines: Freud thought we are slaves to primitive instincts -- esp. the sex drive --, which compel us to devote our entire life to a single-minded pursuit of pleasure. If we can't meet our instincts' demands, we fall mentally ill. Sugarman's goal is to rectify this misunderstanding: she attempts to present Freud's system as a complex but plausible whole -- intricate but coherent, subtle but meaningful. Her hop
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What Freud Really Meant by Susan Sugarman

Psychoanalysis
A Very Short Introduction
By Daniel Pick
Review by Christopher Parker on Tue, Jul 26th 2016.
Psychoanalysis by Daniel PickFor an intellectual movement which has been widely dismissed as dead for the past several decades or longer, psychoanalysis is surprisingly well represented in the academic book market. Daniel Pick's Psychoanalysis: A Very Short Introduction, a recent entry in that category, is strikingly ambitious in scope, aiming to provide readers with an introduction to Freud's theoretical writings, its development by subsequent psychoanalysts, and the therapeutic practice embedded within that tradition. Given this volume's slender frame -- approximately 120 pages -- successful investigation of such broad
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The Dissociative Mind in Psychoanalysis
Understanding and Working With Trauma
By Elizabeth F. Howell & Sheldon Itzkowitz (Editors)
Review by Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi, Ph.D. on Tue, Jun 21st 2016.
This book contains 22 chapters, including three authored by the two editors, and one by Elizabeth F. Howell alone.  Most chapters are scholarly, arguing theoretical points and citing authorities in psychoanalysis and psychiatry. Chapter 21 presents a summary of research regarding the validity of the dissociative identity disorder (DID) diagnosis, its etiology and its treatment. Other chapters report clinical cases, and appear less focused.  The book is really a symposium, with the contributors presenting some very personal approaches, and  no theoretical coherence is reached. Wi
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The Dissociative Mind in Psychoanalysis by Elizabeth F. Howell & Sheldon Itzkowitz (Editors)

The Brain, the Mind and the Self
A psychoanalytic road map
By Arnold Goldberg
Review by Katherine McKay, MD on Tue, Jan 19th 2016.
The Brain, the Mind and the Self by Arnold GoldbergThe Brain, the Mind and the Self: A psychoanalytic road map aims to clarify misconceptions about these three key concepts using psychoanalytic examples. The author argues that there has been a gradual separation of psychoanalysis from psychiatry and that there is a unique place for psychoanalysis beyond the confines of the medical realm.  The author Dr. Arnold Goldberg was trained in psychoanalysis and has seen firsthand this changing trajectory as well as the separation of the two. The book is organized into three parts. Part one, "Distinguishing the brain, the mind and the self" aims
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The Neuropsychology of the Unconscious
Integrating Brain and Mind in Psychotherapy
By Efrat Ginot
Review by Roy Sugarman, Ph.D. on Tue, Jan 12th 2016.
Before the reader gets into this book, a word perhaps on the nature of the issue. When cognitive and family forms of therapy emerged in the '50's, academics warned of the need not to neglect the subconscious aspects of therapy, after all, Freud did do dissections of the brain and published these, translated by Mark Solms. They were sheer genius, and Freud wanted to access the mind that flowed upward from these neural pathways. Arden and Linford of Kaiser fame more recently have written of brain based therapies, and other authors in journals such as Leanne Williams have developed an Integrate m
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The Neuropsychology of the Unconscious by Efrat Ginot

 
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