Clinical Dialogues on Psychoanalysis with Families and Couples

Editor : David E. Scharff, Editor : Monica Vorchheimer

Clinical Dialogues on Psychoanalysis with Families and Couples

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This book widens the scope of clinical and theoretical contributions on Couple and Family Psychoanalysis by collecting case presentations and discussions by analysts from Europe, North America, Latin America, China and Australia. The rich cross-fertilization across countries and analytic orientations stimulates cross-cultural thinking and deepens clinical exploration.

In English language psychoanalysis, focus on object relations theory emphasizes internalization of early family figures in construction of the psyche, and their projective influence on others through continuing family interaction. Theories of the link and of the field explored in South America and Europe, shift focus from the internal life of the individual onto the influence of the other, and the way superordinate unconscious patterns introjected from previous generations are recreated by interacting members of families and couples, and in turn contribute to the continuing psychic evolution of individuals.

Work in other cultures, such as China, brings us face to face with deep structures of thought and family organization that challenge Western psychoanalytic assumptions, even as those families are in rapid change themselves. All of these differences allow us to examine fundamental psychoanalytic concepts from new perspectives, enrich our understanding of and clinical work with families and couples analytically.

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‘This book is truly remarkable. It has two great qualities. The first concerns its organization: each chapter is introduced by a clinical situation centering on a significant issue within the practical and theoretical realms of analytic family psychotherapy. The presentation of the case and its discussion by colleagues shed light on the dimensions of the issue. The second quality is connected with the large number of contributors and the wide range of psychoanalytic cultures of the participants, most of whom work in English-speaking and Latin American countries. This book thoroughly illustrates a realm of psychoanalytic clinical practice and research that has long remained on the fringes of practices and theories that focus on the cure of a singular subject. Based on these new data, we need to rethink the ways in which the unconscious produces its specific effects in families and couples, effects that are “only accessible” through the psychoanalytic method.’
- René Kaës, founder and Emeritus Professor at the Centre for Research in Psychopathology and Clinical Psychology at the University of Lumière Lyon 2 (France); author of Linking, Alliances and Shared Space: Groups and the Psychoanalyst

- ‘This book debates, makes us think, and challenges notions that we considered already established, and invites us to travel through living, enriching experiences.’
- Julio Moreno, professor at Buenos Aires University and author of How We Became Human; from the Prologue

About the Editor(s)

David E. Scharff, MD, is Chair of the International Psychoanalytical Association’s Committee on Family and Couple Psychoanalysis; Chair of the Board, Founder and former Director of the International Psychotherapy Institute, Washington, DC; and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in China, and author and editor of numerous books and articles, including The Sexual Relationship, Object Relations Family Therapy (with Jill Savege Scharff), Object Relations Couple Therapy, The Interpersonal Unconscious, and Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy.

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Monica Vorchheimer is a training and supervising analyst, Buenos Aires Psychoanalytical Association (APdeBA); full member, International Psychoanalytical Association and member of IPA Committee on Couple and Family Psychoanalysis; member, Latin American Psychoanalytic Federation (FEPAL), the European Federation of Psychotherapy (FEAP); and honorary member of AAPPIPNA (Spain). She is currently Professor at the University Institute of Mental Health in Buenos Aires, where she is in private practice.

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