Salman Akhtar

Salman Akhtar

Salman Akhtar, MD, was born in India and completed his medical and psychiatric education there. Upon arriving in the USA in 1973, he repeated his psychiatric training at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, and then obtained psychoanalytic training from the Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Institute. Currently, he is Professor of Psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College and a training and supervising analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. He has authored, edited or co-edited more than 300 publications including books on psychiatry and psychoanalysis and several collections of poetry. He is also a Scholar-in-Residence at the Inter-Act Theatre Company in Philadelphia. Salman Akhtar received the Sigourney Award in 2012.

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Bereavement: Personal Experiences and Clinical Reflections

Bereavement: Personal Experiences and Clinical Reflections

Edited by Salman Akhtar, Gurmeet S. Kanwal

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This is a book about death, loss, grief and mourning, but with an unusual twist. It is different in that it explores specific kinds of deaths encountered within families and households, rather than... (more)

A Web of Sorrow: Mistrust, Jealousy, Lovelessness, Shamelessness, Regret, Hopelessness

A Web of Sorrow: Mistrust, Jealousy, Lovelessness, Shamelessness, Regret, Hopelessness

by Salman Akhtar

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Bringing together the experiences of mistrust, jealousy, lack of love, shamelessness, regret, and despair, this far-reaching book elucidates human sorrow in striking sociocultural and clinical... (more)

Regret: Developmental, Cultural, and Clinical Realms

Regret: Developmental, Cultural, and Clinical Realms

Edited by Salman Akhtar, Shahrzad Siassi

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Missed opportunities, unfulfilled dreams, and broken promises are the stuff of everyday life and so is regret, the emotion that accompanies them. Unlike remorse which is consequent upon the... (more)

Shame: Developmental, Cultural, and Clinical Realms

Shame: Developmental, Cultural, and Clinical Realms

Edited by Salman Akhtar

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A late-comer to psychoanalytic theorizing, 'shame' results from a disjunction between the ego and the ego-ideal. A complex psychosocial experience, it is comprised of a painful exposure of one’s... (more)

Psychoanalytic Listening: Methods, Limits, and Innovations

Psychoanalytic Listening: Methods, Limits, and Innovations

by Salman Akhtar

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'Joseph Breuer’s celebrated patient, Anna O., designated psychoanalysis to be a "talking cure". She was correct insofar as psychoanalysis does place verbal exchange at the center stage. However, the... (more)

Blood and Ink

Blood and Ink

by Salman Akhtar

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A shimmering blend of good-hearted joy and mesmerizing surrealism, the poems in this collection reflect a deeply and authentically lived life. The images and metaphors used by the author are... (more)

Mistrust: Developmental, Cultural, and Clinical Realms

Mistrust: Developmental, Cultural, and Clinical Realms

Edited by Salman Akhtar

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Humans are weak. Lacking the claws and thick skins of other animals, we are forced to rely on members of our own species to survive and flourish in the world. The fact that the human infant is born... (more)

On Freud's

On Freud's "The Future of an Illusion"

Edited by Mary Kay O'Neil, Salman Akhtar

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"The Future of an Illusion" reveals Freud's reflections about religion as well as his hope that in the future science will go beyond religion, and reason will replace faith in God. The discussion... (more)

On Freud's

On Freud's "The Unconscious"

Edited by Salman Akhtar, Mary Kay O'Neil

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If there ever was one word that could represent the essence of Freud’s work, that word would be ‘unconscious’. Indeed, Freud himself regarded his 1915 paper ‘The Unconscious’ as central to clarifying... (more)

Sources of Suffering: Fear, Greed, Guilt, Deception, Betrayal, and Revenge

Sources of Suffering: Fear, Greed, Guilt, Deception, Betrayal, and Revenge

by Salman Akhtar

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This concise and well-written book deals with six important roots of human anguish. It divides the six areas into those primarily affecting the individual and those primarily affecting others around... (more)

On Freud's

On Freud's "Beyond the Pleasure Principle"

Edited by Salman Akhtar, Mary Kay O'Neil

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Freud's Beyond the Pleasure Principle constitutes a major landmark and a real turning point in the evolution of psychoanalytic theory. Pushing aside the primacy of the tension-discharge-gratification... (more)

On Freud's

On Freud's "Negation"

Edited by Mary Kay O'Neil, Salman Akhtar

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Ever since Freud proposed that certain ideas can be permitted to become conscious only in their inverted and negative forms, interest has grown into the entire realm of the presence of absence, so to... (more)

Between Hours: A Collection of Poems by Psychoanalysts

Between Hours: A Collection of Poems by Psychoanalysts

Edited by Salman Akhtar

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While accommodating playfulness and even a bit of audacity, both psychoanalysis and poetry deeply respect formality of structure, nuance of affect, and the multifaceted resonance of the spoken... (more)

The Seed of Madness: Constitution, Environment, and Fantasy in the Organization of the Psychotic Core

The Seed of Madness: Constitution, Environment, and Fantasy in the Organization of the Psychotic Core

Edited by Vamik D. Volkan, Salman Akhtar

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More and more individuals with ego defects, severe object relations conflicts, affective turbulence, and unassimilated contradictions are seeking help from psychoanalysts and psychotherapists.... (more)

Greed: Developmental, Cultural, and Clinical Realms

Greed: Developmental, Cultural, and Clinical Realms

Edited by Salman Akhtar

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Though references to it are scattered in the writings of Klein and Winnicott, the topic of greed has drawn meagre attention from contemporary psychoanalysts. This book fills that lacuna. Noting that... (more)

Hopelessness: Developmental, Cultural, and Clinical Realms

Hopelessness: Developmental, Cultural, and Clinical Realms

Edited by Salman Akhtar, Mary Kay O'Neil

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Hope is the most reliable sustainer of life. It offers the promise of something good in the future, contributes to resilience, and keeps one going. However, there are circumstances when hope dries... (more)

Good Feelings: Psychoanalytic Reflections on Positive Emotions and Attitudes

Good Feelings: Psychoanalytic Reflections on Positive Emotions and Attitudes

Edited by Salman Akhtar

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This tightly edited volume opens a new vista in psychoanalysis by focusing upon positive and life-enhancing emotions and attitudes. The realms it covers include love, friendship, enthusiasm, courage,... (more)

Fear: A Dark Shadow Across Our Life Span

Fear: A Dark Shadow Across Our Life Span

Edited by Salman Akhtar

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Beginning with Freud’s celebrated case of Little Hans, psychoanalysts and psychotherapists have been intrigued with the topic of fear. Eclipsed in theoretical writings by the term ‘anxiety’, fear... (more)

Unusual Interventions: Alterations of the Frame, Method, and Relationship in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis

Unusual Interventions: Alterations of the Frame, Method, and Relationship in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis

by Salman Akhtar

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Radical departures from the set and familiar rules of technique often become necessary in the course of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. These can include conducting a session outside the office,... (more)

Betrayal: Developmental, Literary, and Clinical Realms

Betrayal: Developmental, Literary, and Clinical Realms

Edited by Salman Akhtar

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Betrayal underlies all psychic trauma, whether sexual abuse or profound neglect, violence or treachery, extramarital affair or embezzlement. When we betray others, we violate their confidence in us.... (more)

Comprehensive Dictionary of Psychoanalysis

Comprehensive Dictionary of Psychoanalysis

by Salman Akhtar

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This book provides easy to read, concise, and clinically useful explanations of over 1800 terms and concepts from the field of psychoanalysis. A history of each term is included in its definition and... (more)

Mental Zoo: Animals in the Human Mind and its Pathology

Mental Zoo: Animals in the Human Mind and its Pathology

Edited by Salman Akhtar, Vamik D. Volkan

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‘Salman Akhtar and Vamik Volkan’s dynamic book, Mental Zoo, takes the reader on a panoramic tour illuminating the rich world of animals in human experience. Here Freud’s rats, wolves, and horses join... (more)

The Geography of Meanings: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Place, Space, Land, and Dislocation

The Geography of Meanings: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Place, Space, Land, and Dislocation

Edited by Maria Teresa Savio Hooke, Salman Akhtar

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This book is a multi-faceted attempt to understand the psychological mysteries of land, space, native cultures, changing eras, and geographical dislocation. It shows us that many remote and seemingly... (more)

Turning Points in Dynamic Psychotherapy: Initial Assessment, Boundaries, Money, Disruptions and Suicidal Crises

Turning Points in Dynamic Psychotherapy: Initial Assessment, Boundaries, Money, Disruptions and Suicidal Crises

by Salman Akhtar

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'Putting aside the narcissistic-masochistic aspiration of authoring a text on all the intricacies of in-depth psychotherapy, I have chosen to address five areas of difficulty in this enterprise. This... (more)

Matters of Life and Death: Psychoanalytic Reflections

Matters of Life and Death: Psychoanalytic Reflections

by Salman Akhtar

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The author's focus in this book is upon the intrapsychic vicissitudes of what it means to be truly alive and how death accompanies us at each step of our life's journey. He attempts to show that,... (more)

Cultural Zoo: Animals in the Human Mind and its Sublimation

Cultural Zoo: Animals in the Human Mind and its Sublimation

Edited by Salman Akhtar, Vamik D. Volkan

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‘This book is a major contribution to culture and to the psychoanalytic literature. The authors explore how animals, both wild and domesticated, have powerful symbolic meanings in our psyches,... (more)

Mind, Culture, and Global Unrest: Psychoanalytic Reflections

Mind, Culture, and Global Unrest: Psychoanalytic Reflections

by Salman Akhtar

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In this compact and pithy book, the distinguished and prolific psychoanalyst Salman Akhtar steps out of his consulting room to address certain matters of urgent global concern. These include... (more)

Textbook of Applied Psychoanalysis

Textbook of Applied Psychoanalysis

Edited by Salman Akhtar, Stuart W. Twemlow

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The Textbook of Applied Psychoanalysis is a unique and original contribution to the field of psychoanalysis. Emphasizing and underscoring the need for interdisciplinary discourse in understanding the... (more)

Jealousy: Developmental, Cultural, and Clinical Realms

Jealousy: Developmental, Cultural, and Clinical Realms

Edited by Mary Kay O'Neil, Salman Akhtar

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Jealousy is a human feeling experienced by everyone in varying intensities, at different times and phases of growth. Frequently confused, jealousy and envy are often intertwined. Even within the... (more)

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