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Relational Perspectives Book Series


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The Relational Perspectives Book Series (RPBS) publishes books that grow out of or contribute to the relational tradition in contemporary psychoanalysis. The term relational psychoanalysis was first used by Greenberg and Mitchell (1983) to bridge the traditions of interpersonal relations, as developed within interpersonal psychoanalysis and object relations, as developed within contemporary British theory. But, under the seminal work of the late Stephen Mitchell, the term relational psychoanalysis grew and began to accrue to itself many other influences and developments. Various tributaries—interpersonal psychoanalysis, object relations theory, self psychology, empirical infancy research, and elements of contemporary Freudian and Kleinian thought—flow into this tradition, which understands relational configurations between self and others, both real and fantasied, as the primary subject of psychoanalytic investigation.  

We refer to the relational tradition, rather than to a relational school, to highlight that we are identifying a trend, a tendency within contemporary psychoanalysis, not a more formally organized or coherent school or system of beliefs. Our use of the term relational signifies a dimension of theory and practice that has become salient across the wide spectrum of contemporary psychoanalysis. Now under the editorial supervision of Lewis Aron and Adrienne Harris with the assistance of Associate Editors Steven Kuchuck and Eyal Rozmarin, the Relational Perspectives Book Series originated in 1990 under the editorial eye of the late Stephen A. Mitchell. Mitchell was the most prolific and influential of the originators of the relational tradition. He was committed to dialogue among psychoanalysts and he abhorred the authoritarianism that dictated adherence to a rigid set of beliefs or technical restrictions. He championed open discussion, comparative and integrative approaches, and he promoted new voices across the generations.  

Included in the Relational Perspectives Book Series are authors and works that come from within the relational tradition, extend and develop the tradition, as well as works that critique relational approaches or compare and contrast it with alternative points of view. The series includes our most distinguished senior psychoanalysts along with younger contributors who bring fresh vision.

 

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Dialogues with Michael Eigen: Psyche Singing

Dialogues with Michael Eigen: Psyche Singing

1st Edition

Michael Eigen, Loray Daws
August 01, 2019

Dialogues with Michael Eigen spans 20 years of diverse interviews and interactions with the acclaimed psychologist Michael Eigen, including interlocutors from Italy, Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Sweden, Israel, and the United States, published together for the first time. This book...

Relational Psychoanalysis and Temporality: Time Out of Mind

Relational Psychoanalysis and Temporality: Time Out of Mind

1st Edition

Neil J. Skolnick
July 17, 2019

In Relational Psychoanalysis and Temporality, Neil J. Skolnick takes us on a journey that traces his personal evolution from a graduate student through to his career as a relational psychoanalyst. Skolnick uniquely shares his publications and presentations that span his professional career,...

Creativity and the Erotic Dimensions of the Analytic Field

Creativity and the Erotic Dimensions of the Analytic Field

1st Edition

Dianne Elise
June 21, 2019

Creativity and the Erotic Dimensions of the Analytic Field centers on the mutually reinforcing relationship between erotic and creative energies. Erotic embodiment is given context within a contemporary model of clinical process based in analytic field theory and highlighting Winnicott. Dianne...

Psychoanalysis, Law, and Society

Psychoanalysis, Law, and Society

1st Edition

Plinio Montagna, Adrienne Harris
May 21, 2019

Psychoanalysis, Law, and Society explores the connections between psychoanalysis and law, arguing that these are required not only for conceptual or theoretical needs in both fields, but also for the vast range of practical implications and possibilities their association enables. The book is...

The Affect Theory of Silvan Tomkins for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy: Recasting the Essentials

The Affect Theory of Silvan Tomkins for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy: Recasting the Essentials

1st Edition

E. Virginia Demos
March 01, 2019

The Affect Theory of Silvan Tomkins for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy explores central issues in current clinical work, using the theories put forward by Silvan Tomkins and presenting them in detail, as well as integrating them with the most up-to-date neuroscience findings and infancy research,...

Psychoanalysis as an Ethical Process

Psychoanalysis as an Ethical Process

1st Edition

Robert P. Drozek
February 20, 2019

What role does ethics play in the practice of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy? For most of its history, psychoanalysis has viewed ethics as a "side issue" in clinical work—occasionally relevant, but not central to therapeutic action. In Psychoanalysis as an Ethical Process, Robert Drozek...

Sabina Spielrein and the Beginnings of Psychoanalysis: Image, Thought, and Language

Sabina Spielrein and the Beginnings of Psychoanalysis: Image, Thought, and Language

1st Edition

Pamela Cooper-White, Felicity Brock Kelcourse
February 06, 2019

Sabina Spielrein stands as both an important and tragic figure—misunderstood or underestimated by her fellow analysts (including Jung and Freud) and often erased in the annals of psychoanalytic history. Her story has not only been largely forgotten, but actively (though unconsciously) repressed as...

The Cut and the Building of Psychoanalysis: Volume II: Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi

The Cut and the Building of Psychoanalysis: Volume II: Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi

1st Edition

Carlo Bonomi
January 17, 2019

The Cut and the Building of Psychoanalysis Volume II explores how the unformulated trauma associated with surgery performed on Emma Eckstein’s genitalia, and the hallucinations that Eckstein experienced, influenced Freud’s self-analysis, oriented his biological speculations, and significantly...

Psychoanalysis and Contemporary American Men: Gender Identity in a Time of Uncertainty

Psychoanalysis and Contemporary American Men: Gender Identity in a Time of Uncertainty

1st Edition

Steven Seidman, Alan Frank
November 06, 2018

Debate over gender and especially the lives of men is currently at a fever pitch, particularly in the United States. New perspectives that capture the complexity of men and a rapidly changing gender landscape are therefore critical today. Psychoanalysis and Contemporary American Men challenges...

The Essential Writings of Sabina Spielrein: Pioneer of Psychoanalysis

The Essential Writings of Sabina Spielrein: Pioneer of Psychoanalysis

1st Edition

Sabina Spielrein, Ruth I. Cape, Raymond Burt
August 01, 2018

Sabina Spielrein’s writings explore the burning topics in the early days of psychoanalysis while providing insight into the culture of the time and her own personal struggles. After a comprehensive historical and biographical introduction to Spielrein by John Launer, The Essential Writings of...

De-Idealizing Relational Theory: A Critique From Within

De-Idealizing Relational Theory: A Critique From Within

1st Edition

Lewis Aron, Sue Grand, Joyce A. Slochower
June 05, 2018

Self-examination and self-critique: for psychoanalytic patients, this is the conduit to growth. Yet within the field, psychoanalysts haven’t sufficiently utilized their own methodology or subjected their own preferred approaches to systematic and critical self-examination. Across theoretical...

Decentering Relational Theory: A Comparative Critique

Decentering Relational Theory: A Comparative Critique

1st Edition

Lewis Aron, Sue Grand, Joyce A. Slochower
June 05, 2018

Decentering Relational Theory: A Comparative Critique invites relational theorists to contemplate the influence, overlaps, and relationship between relational theory and other perspectives. Self-critique was the focus of De-Idealizing Relational Theory. Decentering Relational Theory pushes critique...

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