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Volume 14 Issue 1

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When Harry Met Jimmie: Trauma and Ambition in Sullivan’s Long-Term Domestic Relationship; Kathleen E. Meigs: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: Discussion of “When Harry Met Jimmie”; Jack Drescher: Living with Historical Uncertainty; Naoko Wake: Theoretical Confusion Meets Willful Blindness: A Response to Drescher and Wake; Kathleen E. Meigs: The Last Public Psychoanalyst?: Why Fromm Matters in the 21st Century; Ilene Philipson: Fromm’s Challenge: A Response to Philipson’s “The Last Public Psychoanalyst?: Why Fromm Matters in the 21st Century”; Sandra Buechler: Erich Fromm: A Psychoanalyst for All Seasons; Sheldon Itzkowitz: Response to Commentaries on “The Last Public Psychoanalyst?: Why Fromm Matters in the 21st Century”; Ilene Philipson

Kathleen E. Meigs, BA proposes that Sullivan’s case history contains hitherto unrecognized autobiographical elements that furnish a fuller picture of a domestic relationship founded on economic, emotional, and sexual adversity and pressures to appear successful. Jack Drescher, MD questions conclusions about the Harry/Jimmie relationship. From a constructivist perspective, a narrative truth, no matter how deeply felt or believed, is not necessarily true. Naoko Wake, PhD argues that Meigs’s paper is historically and historiographically injudicious. In her response to Drescher and Wake, Meigs reiterates her claim that a purported case history by Sullivan exemplifies the psychoanalytic genre of disguised autobiography. She critiques them for ignoring the copious evidence she presents. Meigs suggests a willful blindness to contemplating unwelcome information requiring a paradigm shift in our understanding of an iconic figure lies behind their attitudes. Ilene Philipson, PhD seeks to restore Fromm to his place as a forefather of the relational turn but also attempts to demonstrate how Fromm’s enduring sense of hope, his radical humanism, and his call to acknowledge what unites us rather than separates us offer an implicit critique of the politics of difference that have come to define our age and fragment the public sphere. Sandra Buechler’s, PhD commentary on Philpson’s paper suggests that we can gather strength from Fromm’s deeply heartfelt work but still have to struggle with integrating it with an openness toward whom the patient wants to become. Sheldon Itzkowitz, PhD discusses how Fromm’s approach to treatment as both passionate and bordering on the confrontational is antithetical to working with traumatized individuals suffering with multiple dissociated self-states. Author Ilene Philipson, PhD responds to commentaries on her essay “The Last Public Psychoanalyst?: Why Fromm Matters in the 21st Century,” clarifying Fromm’s intention and take on the individual in the context of society. She also addresses the relationship between Fromm’s ideas about social context and his clinical work with patients.

 

Book Review: Revisiting Ferenczi: A Review of the Legacy of Sandor Ferenczi: From Ghost to Ancestor

In this current volume, a sequel to “The Legacy of Sandor Ferenczi,” edited by Lewis Aron and Adrienne Harris (1993), Adrienne Harris and Steven Kuchuck describe how much Ferenczi and his work have fully become part of our shared psychoanalytic history and understanding of trauma.

 

Creative Literary Arts: Writing on the Moon

To celebrate the publication of “Writing on the Moon: Stories and Poems from the Creative Unconscious,” editor Bonnie Zindel highlights writings published in the Creative Literary Arts Section over the past fourteen years.

 

Global Perspectives

This conversation with Dr. Meszaros is an immersion into her world, her past, and an entry into a time portal, back to the heyday of psychoanalysis in early 20th-century eastern Europe.

 

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Volume 13, Issue 3 Special Panel: Those 45 Minutes Changed My Life: The Meeting of Sigmund Freud and Margarethe Lutz

 

Paper: Ethical Considerations in Psychoanalytic Writing Revisited; Lewis Aron

Author Lewis Aron, PhD updates a previous survey (Aron, 2000) of clinical and ethical concerns in the presentation and publication of case histories. Presenting a series of vignettes the author illustrates potential pitfalls in the publication of case material with and without patient consent.

 

Special Panel Editors; Jonathan H. Slavin and Mikki Rahmani: Editors Introduction: Those 45 Minutes Changed My Life: The Meeting of Sigmund Freud and Margaret Lutz; Jonathan H. Slavin, Miki Rahmani: The Great Listener; Peter Roos: On the Precipice; Jill Salburg: Challenging Fathers; Steven Kuchuck: Unsettling, Upsetting, an Undoing: The Real Therapeutic Action; Karen Rosica: “Not Without a Will: Not a Child; Certainly Not a Thing”: The Birth of an “I”; Mia Medina: “I Never Felt I Should Think About Freud”: From Authority to Liberation in Psychoanalytic Work; Jonathan H. Slavin: The Enveloping Gaze; Yecheskiel Cohen: The Power of a Kiss; Alistair Ross: Finding Margaret Lutz; Jonathan Slavin, Mikki Rahmani

Editors Jonathan H. Slavin, PhD, ABPP and Miki Rahmani, MA introduce Margarethe Lutz, a patient who saw Sigmund Freud for one session and spoke of it 70 years later. The editors asked the authors of the seven papers in this issue what, in this single session, may have led to its life-changing impact and the implications this may have for the way contemporary psychoanalysts and psychotherapists think about their work. In this article is a translation of a story published in Die Zeit, April 27, 2006. It describes the dramatic single session Margarethe Lutz had with Sigmund Freud in 1936, as she told it to author Peter Roos 70 years later. Jill Salberg, PhD, ABPP sees this transformative one-session treatment as a wonderful exemplar of the power of witnessing another person’s life and trauma, leading to transformative growth for the patient. Steven Kuchuck, LCSW explores the curative elements of Freud’s one-session consultation with Margarethe Lutz. In this meeting we witness a departure from classical technique and in its place find a style that we might be more apt to think of as relational. Karen Rosica, PsyD examines Freud’s presence with a more modern lens suggesting his activity falls within a postclassical way of thinking about neutrality. Mia Medina, PsyD focuses on Freud’s subjective presence in the room as a major curative aspect in his one-session consultation with Margarethe. Jonathan H. Slavin, PhD, ABPP examines the paradox of reconciling Freud’s powerful way of working and the use of his authority with the patient’s experience of coming to matter as a person for the first time. Yecheskiel Cohen, PhD argues that the crucial place of the gaze Freud fixed on Margarethe was more significant than any words he said. In the cases of both Katharina and Magarethe, Alistair Ross, PhD, MBACP (SNR, ACCRED.), FHEA writes that Freud affirmed each as an individual person who could acknowledge her sexuality. In the case of Margarethe, where we have more details available, Freud encouraged her to make sexuality an inclusive part of her nature, enabling her to feel transformed. Jonathan H. Slavin, PhD, ABPP and Miki Rahmani, MA, editors of this series of papers, review their efforts to ascertain the identity of Margarethe Lutz, briefly highlighting the main points provided in each of the seven papers discussing this remarkable consultation.

 

Book Review: A Review of Cyclical Psychodynamics and the Contextual Self: The Inner World, the Intimate World, and the World of Culture and Society

Wachtel believes that, to our detriment, the pervasive and highly significant role of context has been neglected by psychoanalytic theorists. He suggests drawing from features of established non-analytic approaches that enhance psychoanalytic ways of working.

 

Creative Literary Arts: Art Brut: Outsider Art

Samantha Dylan Mitchell works with outsider artists at the Center for Creative Works in Philadelphia. The daughter of two psychoanalysts, Margaret Black Mitchell and Stephen Mitchell, Samantha studied painting and Russian literature at Oberlin College and received her MFA from Pennsylvania Academy of fine arts. Her interest now is in drawing and printmaking.

 

Private Lives

Stern, an Israeli transplant coming to America as a graduate student, describes the challenge of a crossword puzzle as a metaphor for the demands of adaptation to a new language and culture.

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Introduction to “The Analyst’s Body in The Consulting Room”; Allison Katz, Janet Kelly

Capturing the evolution and development of the analyst’s body in the treatment room, this introduction highlights key points from the papers of our five contributors.

Slow Dancing: Mind, Body and Sexuality in a New Relational Psychoanalysis; Jonathan H. Slavin, Miki Rahmani: The Analyst’s Body at Work: Utilizing Touch and Sensory Experience in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapies; William F. Cornell: The Analyst’s Body: A Relational Perspective from the Body; Jon Sletvold: Swimming Lessons: Aging, Disssociation, and Embodied Resonance; Caryn Sherman-Meyer: Do I Have to Tell My Patients I’m Blind?; Ari S. Pizer

In this paper Jonathan H. Slavin, PhD, ABPP and Mikiki Rahmani, MA focus on sexuality in the brain-changing interactions between patient and therapist and some of the ways it embodies potential for human experiencing in ourselves and our relationships. William F. Cornell, MA, TSTA-P discusses somatic experience illustrated through sensate focus, movement, and physical contact between patient and therapist. In Jon Sletvold, PsyD’s essay, he argues that the analysts’ body is the foundation for our capacity to experience and communicate in the analytic situation. Sletvold suggests that analytic training and supervision, in addition to traditional emphasis on the exchange of words, should focus on sensitizing to embodied experiences and expressions. Caryn Sherman-Meyer, LCSW examines the effects of a form of embodied communication that she refers to as embodied resonance, enabling patient and analyst to make initial contact with dissociated self-states. In Ari S. Pizer, MA, MMT’s paper, he explores his own conflict over self-disclosure. Using a clinical vignette, he describes how his eventual disclosure to a patient of his degenerative eye disease led to greater establishment of intimacy in the therapeutic relationship.

Book Review: A Review of Mended by the Muse: Creative Transformations of Trauma

Richman proposes that creativity grows out of traumatic dissociation and the altered state created by this process. Also helpful in the healing of fragmentation, creativity strives to externally represent some aspects of the individual’s trauma that have as yet remained unsymbolized.

Creative Literary Arts: Mother’s of the Milky Way, Part II: Poems, Stories and Creative Nonfiction

We are offered a second glimpse into the complexities of mother love in this imaginative and unforgettable portrait of mothers. In the end, for all its mystery, all its complexity, we have a longing for unconditional mother love and for life’s rhythms and beats in the maternal heart.

Private Lives

Heyer tells the story of Jim and Gretchen, an older uneducated black man and young educated white girl, who form a “guest-friendship.” Regardless of outward appearance, Heyer suggests that people extend hospitality to all strangers.

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Libidinal and Destructive Envy: Relationally Speaking, “I Can Be Like You, Therefore I Am”; Julie Gerhardt: Whose Defective Self is it Anyway?: Response to Gerhardt’s “Libidinal and Destructive Envy”; Amy Schwartz Cooney: Holding Envy: Response to Gerhardt’s “Libidinal and Destructive Envy”; Rachel Sopher: Response to Commentaries on “Libidinal and Destructive Envy”: More About the Evolutionary and Intersubjective Value of Lack-Envy; Julie Gerhardt

In this original paper, Julie Gerhardt, PhD explores two different but interrelated types of envy: libidinal and destructive envy, a development of two of her earlier papers addressing envy as part of an envy complex. Amy Schwartz Cooney, PhD responds to Gerhardt’s paper on understanding patients’ envious attacks as a way of reaching areas within her analyst to heal and grow. Rachel Sopher, LCSW, in response to Julie Gerhardt, PhD, comments on the impact of envy on the analytic field as well as within the analyst herself. In this paper, Julie Gerhardt, PhD argues that her reappraisal of the deadly sin of envy does not “take a bite out of envy,” as Schwarz Cooney asserts and that Sopher’s view covers over the self-state of lack existing within envy itself.

Introduction to Rachel Altstein’s “Finding Words”; Kenneth A. Frank: Finding Words: How the Process and Products of Psychoanalytic Writing Can Channel the Therapeutic Action of the Very Treatment It Sets Out to Describe; Rachel Altstein: Psychoanalytic Writing and Writing Psychoanalytically: A DIscussion of Alstein’s “Finding Words”; Anthony Bass: The Supervisory Action of Psychoanalytic Writing: A Discussion of Rachel Altstein’s “Findng Words: How the Process and Products of Psychoanalytic Writing Can Channel the Therapeutic Action of the Very Treatment it Sets out to Describe”; Steven Kuchuck: Ghosts and Growth: Reply to Commentaries by Anthony Bass and Steven Kuchuck; Rachel Altstein

Kenneth A. Frank, PhD introduces Rachel Altstein’s, JD, LP paper “Finding Words,” commenting on how the very writing of the paper as a psychoanalytic candidate unblocked her as a writer. In this original paper, Altstein writes how the treatment described can infiltrate and influence the authors’ experience of writing, and in turn, the analyst’s idea and act of writing about a patient can infuse a treatment. In this discussion Anthony Bass, PhD shows how Altstein’s approach to psychoanalytic writing has much in common with psychoanalytic process. In this commentary on Altstein’s paper, Steven Kuchuck, LCSW explores the circumstances surrounding the precipitous ending of her patient’s treatment. In this reply to commentaries by Tony Bass, PhD and Steven Kuchuck, LCSW, Rachel Altstein, JD, LP proposes that Loewald’s reinvention of Freud’s Oedipus conflict to include the act of parricide as active between candidates at psychoanalytic institutes and the teachers and writers they revere.

Book Review: Going Similar Places by Different Routes: A Review of Screen Relations: The Limits of Computer Mediated Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy:

Russell provides a much needed counterpoint to the seemingly inevitable advancement of computer-mediated treatments. In drawing attention to the limits and differences between screen-mediated technology and in-person treatments, Russell performs a tremendous service for psychotherapy.

Creative Literary Arts: Mothers of the Milky Way: Poems, Stories and Creative Nonfiction

In this intimate collection of writings, the complex relationships we have with our mothers and complexities of mother love are explored. Homage is paid to older mothers, younger mothers, and women about to become mothers, capturing the most simple, quiet moments as well as the most dramatic and passionate.

Global Perspectives

In this interview Jill Choder-Goldman converses with Antonino Ferro, exploring the influence of culture on training, theory development, and adherence to clinical technique and psychoanalytic practice.

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On Having No Thoughts: Freedom and Feminine Space; Jill Gentile: Living Remnants: A Reply to Jill Gentile; Anne Pelligrini: The Crisis In Gendered Representation: A Discussion of Jill Gentile’s “On Having No Thoughts: Freedom and the Feminine Space”; Adrienne Harris: The Elusive Female Signifier: Reply to Pellegrini and Harris; Jill Gentile

In this essay, Jill Gentile, PhD, explores what remains unspoken and unsymbolized by patients who “have no thoughts.” Naming “the gaps” in free association obscures as well as points to the female genital which is essential to free association’s path and must be named. In this commentary on Jill Gentile’s, PhD, essay, Ann Pelligrini, PhD, asks how sociopolitical variables simultaneously constrain and constitute the “free” in free association. She explores how Freud’s position as a Jewish man in an anti-Semitic country affected what was possible to say, hear and see in the analytic encounter. Adrienne Harris, PhD, engages in a discussion of Jill Gentile’s, PhD, exploration of the complexity of free association and the expansion of possibility within it including silence as an act of speaking. Adrienne Harris’, PhD, discussion also examines the limits and contradictions in Jill Gentile’s, PhD, exploration of the relationship between speech, symbolization and gender, focusing on Jill Gentile’s, PhD, attempts to free speech from gender stereotyping. In her reply to Ann Pelligrini, PhD, and Adrienne Harris, PhD, Jill Gentile, PhD, points to Ann Pellegrini’s, PhD, telling of the story of Freud’s projected and unwanted associations onto female sexuality. Adrienne Harris, PhD, offers a cautionary tale suggesting lines of division in our thinking. In metaphorizing the female genital we are offered the possibility of trading in binaries by opening up a symbolic space between what is material and immaterial, accessible and inaccessible.

Has Sexuality Anything to Do With War Trauma? Intergenerational Transmission and the Homosexual Imaginary”; Steven Botticelli: War Sex: Discussion of Steven Botticelli’s “Has Sexuality Anything To Do With War Trauma: Intergenerational Transmission And The Homosexual Imaginary”; Steven H. Knoblauch: More To The Story: Commentary On Steven Botticelli’s “Has Sexuality Anything To Do With War Trauma? Intergenerational Transmission And The Homosexual Imaginary”; Jaine Darwin: Why Theory? Response to Knoblauch and Darwin; Steven Botticelli

Steven Botticelli tries to make sense of war trauma where homosexual themes appear. He conceived of a series of psychic linkages in which trauma in war may recruit (homo)sexuality for its’ expression, in intergenerational or other transfers. Steven H. Knoblauch, PhD, builds on Steven Botticelli’s, PhD, considerations of touch. This includes not only touch that might traumatize but touch that might communicate the value of passivity and receptivity for emotionally meaningful and reparative experience.

Jaine Darwin, PsyD, ABPP, suggests that utilizing the concept of trauma allows for incorporating aspects of vulnerability that can be both masculine and feminine. Steven Botticelli, PhD, responds to Jaine Darwin, PsyD, ABPP, and Steven H. Knoblauch, PhD, in their discussions of his paper, coming around to the question of the value of theory in it’s application to “real world” problems.

BOOK REVIEW: Relational Perspectives on Narcissism

Covering a wide swath of analytic territory, “Traumatic Narcissism” is very human and personal as well. Weaving together a number of existing analytic constructs, Dan Shaw re-operationalizes some familiar terms and ideas although he is always careful to highlight their relational pedigree. The vignettes are vivid, detailed and thought provoking accounts of the struggles of analyst and analysand working to gain or regain their wounded aliveness.

On Traumatic Narcissism: An Interview With Daniel Shaw

In this interview, Jan Nameira talks with Dan Shaw, author of “Traumatic Narcissism: Relational Systems of Subjugation.” Together they discuss the relational constellation that Shaw terms “traumatic narcissism” and his extension of Fairbairn’s concept of “moral defense.” Also explored are the ways authoritarianism and subjugation are endemic to traumatic narcissism, witnessed in the parent-child relationship as well.

Creative Literary Arts: Letters to Dearest Mother

In this issue are letters written by five authors. In fragments of correspondence George Sand, James Joyce, Louisa May Alcott, Magaret Fuller and Collette reveal the intimate, complex relationships they had with their mothers. By publishing letters from these great writers we pay homage to the lost art of letter writing.

Private Lives

In “The Backpack,” Anoush Froundjian reports her rape to authorities, revealing her experience to the reader in precise and terse language reminiscent of the style of Raymond Carver. Froundjian’s levelheaded presence and indestructible humor, to her surprise, strips the attacker of his brutality.

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The Supervisory Relationship: Bedrock of Psychoanalysis; Jill Choder-Goldman

This introduction to a special issue of Psychoanalytic Perspectives proposes a new terminology for a scholarly discussion, emphasizing “The Supervisory Relationship” over “Supervision.” Guest editor Jill Choder-Goldman, LCSW outlines what makes this relationship distinct, vital, and underexplored with interviews with Martin S. Bergmann, PhD, Margaret Black, LCSW, and Arnold Rachmann, PhD. Also included is a roundtable discussion with candidates in training, recently graduated psychoanalysts, and Mary Gail Frawley-O’Dea, PhD, who talks about her experiences from the other side of the supervisory relationship. Papers from Eric Sherman, LCSW, Warren Wilner, PhD, and a tribute to Martin S. Bergmann, PhD by Mindy Utay, LCSW conclude the section.

Honoring the Classical Tradition in Supervision: Interview with Martin S. Bergman; Jill Choder-Goldman: Trauma and the “Confusion of Tongues” in Supervision: Interview with Arnold Rachman; Jill Choder-Goldman: The Supervisee as Analytic Coparticipant: Interview with Margaret Black; Jill Choder-Goldman

Jill Choder-Goldman, LCSW interviews Martin S. Bergman, PhD for his insights about the supervisory process from a classically oriented perspective. Arnold Rachmann, PhD, a Ferenczi scholar, discusses his more than 30 years of experience as a supervisor. Margaret Black, LCSW discusses her ideas about the primacy of relationships in supervision and psychoanalysis.

On Being a Supervisee: Roundtable Discussion: Matt Aibel, Deborah Browning, Allison Katz, Stephen Malach, Barbara Nusbaum, Therese Rosenblatt and Moderator: Jill Choder-Goldman: Everything Old is New Again: Reflections on Panel Discussion of the Supervisory Relationship; Mary Gail Frawley-O’Dea

From the perspective of the supervisee, a roundtable of candidates and recent graduates of New York City area psychoanalytic training programs was assembled to explore the supervision process. Among other issues discussed were safety, trust, authenticity, parallel process, and boundaries. As a response to the preceding Supervisory Roundtable Discussion, this article outlines a relational approach to the supervisory process. It addresses use of the supervisor’s self, ruptures in the supervisory relationship, and the intricacies of the teach/treat boundary.

Mutual Anxiety in Supervision; Eric Sherman: The Interpenetration of Supervision and Psychotherapy; Warren Wilner: To Marin S. Bergmann with Love; Mindy Utay

Eric Sherman, LCSW writes that as supervisors we may be unaware of our own vulnerability, proposing a model of supervision in which vulnerability is mutually experienced. In this paper, Warren Wilner, PhD examines how supervisory relationships contain, through the complex dynamics they often evoke, a strong therapeutic effect. In this tribute to Martin S. Bergmann, PhD, author Mindy Utay, LCSW pays homage to his classically informed, intellectually rigorous perspective on psychoanalysis.

Book Review: Freud and His Children: A Review of the Freud-Anna Freud and the Freud-Rank Correspondences

These volumes contain Freud’s correspondence and address his relationships with two of his children. One is his natural child and youngest daughter, Anna Freud. The other is his “adopted” child, later disciple and finally disowned “son,” Otto Rank. Both books show the breadth of Freud’s mind and hint at the depth of his feeling, and both demonstrate the complexity of Freud in Relationship.

Creative Literary Arts: Strong Women’s Voices in Poetry

The four women writers featured in this section celebrate the great tradition of strong women poets. Joan Cusack Handler ushers in the ghost of her mother. Claire Basescu writes two short poems about midlife love and the therapy relationship. Rachel Berghash’s poem vividly evokes the shifting landscape of dreams. Finally, Maggie Bloomfield declares her independence in a raw and fearless poem about empowerment.

Private Lives

As a visitor seven decades postliberation, writer Jon Mills struggles to find words to describe his own experience of terror in the essay “Reflections on Auschwitz.” Mills’ thoughtful and powerful writing demonstrates once again the power of witnessing that results in revelation and transformation.

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The Patient Who Had Me Committed: A Mutually Influential Relationship Between Patient and Analyst in the Context of a Broadening Analytic Frame; Alan Sirote: What Do You Do With What You Feel: Discussion of Alan Sirote’s “The Patient Who Had Me Committed”; Donnel B. Stern: “To Be Honest, Raphael, I Don’t [Like You]!”: Intersubjective Affirmation and Analytic Negotiation: Discussion of Alan Sirote’s Paper: Stuart A. Pizer; Breaching Frames, Expanding Horizons in Internal and External Worlds: Response to Stuart A. Pizer and Donnel B. Stern: Alan Sirote

In this original paper Alan Sirote, LCSW explores the ways in which patients and analysts frequently become locked in enactments generated by their reciprocal dissociations. Emerging out of this often entails the capacity of the dyad to confront each other and negotiate out of these impasses. Donnel Stern, PhD and Stuart A. Pizer, PhD offer commentaries and in his response to Pizer and Stern, Sirote notes that unexpected exigencies of life brought both Sirote and Raphael into each other’s worlds in ways that neither could have foreseen or expected.

Exploring Dissociation and Dissociative Identity Disorder: A Roundtable Discussion: Sheldon Itzkowitz, Richard A. Chefetz, Margaret Hainer, Karen Hopenwasser, Elizabeth Howell; Commentary on “Exploring Dissociation and Dissociative Identity Disorder: A Roundtable Discussion”: A. Steven Frankel; Altered (Self) States: A Meditation on “Exploring Dissociation and Dissociative Identity Disorder”: Richard B. Gartner; Just Listening: A Firsthand Account of Psychoanalytic Perspectives’ “Exploring Dissociation and Dissociative Identity Disorder: A Roundtable Discussion”: Maggie M. Robbins

Five seasoned clinicians versed in the treatment of dissociative disorders engage in a lively, cutting edge discussion in which the case is made that dissociation has important implications for work with all patients. A commentary follows in which additional issues related to working with dissociative disorders such as hypnotic capacity and the role of shame are offered. Treating trauma, especially Dissociative Identity Disorder, requires flexibility, resourcefulness, openness to experience, and an uncommon capacity for interpersonal attunement, which can paradoxically lead to counter-trauma and counter- resilience. Shifting focus away from interpretation and patients’ histories frees the clinician to approach patients with as many of their own self-states as possible.

Book Review: Review of Irwin Hirsch’s The Interpersonal Tradition: The Origins of Psychoanalytic Subjectivity:

Hirsch places himself in the company of analysts who came of age during the Interpersonal tradition and now find themselves part of a broader community of those who identify as Relational. This volume is mainly a collection of his earlier publications and organizes these works historically. In presenting the Interpersonal tradition, Hirsch seeks to establish it as the substrate upon which Relational analysis has grown.

Creative Literary Arts: Very Very Short Stories

In this issue a psychiatrist, two psychoanalysts and a medical student each contribute a short story. Psychiatrist Mark Singer draws an inner portrait of his father, also a psychiatrist, who strongly influenced him. Francoise Jaffe, a recent NIP graduate, uses creative writing to better understand a farewell gift from a patient. Roger Salerno, NIP graduate and professor of sociology, came to NIP not to prepare for a new career, but to find a missing part of himself. Amir Tarsha, a medical student soon to be psychiatrist, uses writing to express his creative self. These four authors evoke those wordless, elusive places found between the lines that may not be expressed in any other way.

Private Lives

In this memoir, Marcia Butler, a gifted musician on track towards a successful classical career, seeks wild relationships with dangerous men. Private Lives editor Clem Loew asks, “When will this stormy cycle end?” musing that perhaps Butler, like the rest of us, can best reconcile her sorrows with joys only by recognizing, as Leonard Cohen puts it, that “there is a crack in everything.”

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Recalibrating a Psychoanalytic Compass: Searching for Flexibility in the Midst of Grief and Loss; The Clinician Mourns Alone: Adam Kaplan’s “Recalibrating a Psychoanalytic Compass”; On Being an Analyst Before and After the Death of a Patient: Commentary on a Paper by Adam Kaplan; On Standing Alone in a Crowded Room: Response to Donna Orange and Martin Stephen Frommer; Look Who’s Talking! The Ongoing Problem of the Female Voice; We Have Many Voices! Discussion of Janet Zuckerman’s “Look Who’s Talking! The Ongoing Problem of the Female Voice”; Still Dangerous: Women and Public Speaking, Everybody’s Talking!; Response to Discussants

In this paper, Adam Kaplan, PhD follows the evolution of a treatment relationship when, after the death of a young patient, he was faced with his own desire to remain connected to member’s of the patient’s family. Kaplan considers how the field might evolve to potentially embrace relationships that don’t reflect traditional psychoanalytic conceptualizations. He posits that theoretical innovation can become, over time, an intrusion into the fluid nature of clinical practice. The conversation continues with Donna Orange, PhD, PsyD, speaking to Kaplan’s thoughts about the indispensability of dialogue for the healing of wounds and reflecting on the suffering of the analyst in the face of the terrible loss of a young patient. In the commentary of Martin Stephen Frommer, PhD, he examines the impact of psychoanalytic work as we engage with aspects of living and dying. Frommer suggests that the analytic community create a holding environment for its members to help sustain them as they metabolize experiences like those described by Kaplan. Adam Kaplan, PhD, responds to Donna Orange and Martin Frommer, highlighting the role of community’s engagement in dialogue as a source of emotional support. In this paper, Janet Rivkin Zuckerman, PhD addresses women’s difficulties with self-expression. She begins with a personal experience of exposure that quieted her own fears about public speaking. She presents a literature review on public-speaking phobia and its treatment options, followed by a clinical vignette emphasizing the ways exposure, recognition, and repair can help women recapture their lost voices. In this commentary, Lisa Lyons, PhD, expands on Zuckerman’s ideas concerning the integration into psychoanalysis of work focused on behavior change. Lyons then takes up in more depth the project of finding voice as it relates specifically to women. Catherine Baker-Pitts, PhD, LCSW brings into focus the female body. Therapeutic interventions are needed that recognize impediments to speaking up and affirm women’s attempts, however untidy and disruptive to own their bodies, desires, anger, and influence. Janet Rivkin Zuckerman, PhD responds to Dr. Lyon’s thoughts about integrating formal exposure techniques directly into psychoanalysis. She then shares her reactions to Dr. Baker-Pitts poignant crusade to conquer public speaking. She ends with a short clinical piece that demonstrates our ongoing challenge to welcome women’s full range of emotions.

Changing Patterns of Intimacy: A Review of Intimacies: A New World of Relational Life

In this book review, Steven Seidman presents us with an intriguing exploration of the genealogy of personal relationships, showing how they have changed over the last two centuries in modern industrial and postmodern postindustrial societies. “Intimacies” invites ongoing conversation between clinicians and social science scholars not merely to share knowledge, but also to find a way to mind the difference and make something of it.

Dreams as Poetry II

In this issue’s Creative Literary Section Bonnie Zindel, LCSW introduces the work of six dreamers who share poetic visions and fresh metaphors--as well as the context of the dream—in their dreamers voice as individual as a fingerprint.

Global Perspectives: An Interview With Adam Phillips

In an interview with Adam Phillips PhD, Jill Choder-Goldman LCSW explores the influence of culture on training, theory development and adherence, classical technique, and psychoanalytic practice.

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Creating Therapeutic “Space”: How Architecture and Design Can Inform Psychoanalysis; TheStain on the Rug: Commentary on Paper by Leanne Domash; Site, Incite, and Insight -Architecture and Psychoanalysis: Commentary on Leann Domash’s Paper; IntergenerationalDreaming: Response to Gerald and Sperber

In this original paper, Leanne Domash, PhD considers potential space as neither reality nor fantasy but as a space in between. She examines the role of architecture and design in their ability to transform us through the creation of a facilitating environment. Reflecting on the intersection of psychoanalysis, architecture, and design, she proposes that we can become even more effective in entering and using potential space with our patients. In this commentary, Mark Gerald, PhD accepts Leanne Domash’s invitation to join her as she journeys through the Jewish Museum Berlin and invites daydreaming as a means to explore the intersection of architecture and psychoanalysis. He finds support responding to her work in the writings of Thomas Ogden. The architectural dialogue continues with Esther Sperber exploring the process in which buildings expand the range of human experiences. She contends that buildings can reconnect the inhabitant to affects that have been avoided, split off, or dissociated by trauma or non-reflective parenting. This creates new personal and social experiences that, like psychoanalytic insight, foster new ways of being. In her response to Gerald and Sperber, Leanne Domash PhD appreciates both of their unique perspectives and how they enhance our understanding of the interweaving of exterior and interior space.

Introduction to “Being Railroaded: A Candidate’s Struggle to Stay on Track”; “Being Railroaded:A Candidate’s Struggle to Stay on Track”; The Flow of Enactive Engagement: Commentary onMatt Aibel’s “Being Railroaded: A Candidate’s Struggle to Stay on Track”; On Finding One’sOwn Voice as an Analyst: Commentary on Matt Aibel’s “Being Railroaded: A Candidate’sStruggle to Stay on Track”; Response to Commentaries

In Ken Frank’s introduction to Matt Aibel’s paper, winner of The Educator’s Award, he describes Matt’s struggle with what makes the most practical and theoretical sense for him with a patient. Frank remarks that Matt’s “fumbling” reflects considerable sophistication and thoughtfulness. In this original paper, Matt Aibel, LCSW examines transference-countertransference convergences contributing to an impasse in the treatment of a patient with a history of being bullied and neglected. He examines how issues of power and control reflect empathic immersion in the patient’s world. Examined also is the extent to which they are byproducts of Aibel’s struggle with his own internal objects and growing pains related to choosing a theoretical orientation as well as developing his own analytic voice. In his response, Robert Grossmark, PhD takes up Aibel’s dilemma of how to explore a patient’s inner world and the intersubjective experience of a treatment when the patient is not willing to engage in this or take anything from the analyst. Grossmark focuses on the emergence of a dead aliveness suggesting a process of enacted mutual regression. He addresses as well the false binary of an active vs. holding/containing position for the analyst, suggesting that the latter can involve a very active engagement with the patient. Darlene Bregman Ehrenberg, PhD, ABPP considers the complex question of how one finds one’s own voice as an analyst. She focuses on the importance of recognizing the power of what goes on unconsciously between patient and analyst. Additionally, she elaborates at how working at the “intimate edge” of the analytic relationship takes this into account and can open up the work in unique ways. In Matt Aibel’s response to Robert Grossmark’s commentaries, he expresses gratitude for folding a rich and evocative theoretical discussion into a humane and compassionate consideration of two wounded souls struggling to encounter each other in more robust and freer ways. In Aibel’s response to Darlene Ehrenberg, he comments on how she appreciates moments when he recognizes his own problematic participation but disregards all that preceded such moments. He believes more was going on in the treatment phase than Ehrenberg recognizes, leaving Aibel feeling unheard. He posits that he and Ehrenberg may be co- constucting a dyad of two wounded and wounding discussants who feel misunderstood. Book Review Living Out Loud: A Review of Steven Kuchuck’s Clinical Implications of the Psychoanalyst’s Life Experience; An Interview with Steven Kuchuck, Editor of Clinical Implications of the Psychoanalyst’s Life Experience: When the Personal Becomes Professional Sandra Buechler, PhD enthusiastically writes how this book has motivated her to revisit the subject of shame, touching on obstacles met with in developing a self-respecting professional identity. She concludes that to mourn, to age, and to treat require faith in our own ability to sustain passion for life, despite whatever brings us shame of sorrow. In this interview, Steven Kuchuck, LCSW, speaks to the convergence of the personal and professional in psychoanalysis. Kuchuck says that a central objective for the book is to create as much space as possible for bringing subjective elements that have been banished into the treatment room.

Dreams as Poetry - Lost and Found

In this issue’s Creative Literary Section, editor Bonnie Zindel, LCSW, introduces the work of five poets whose pieces capture the unworded feelings, the unthinkable, uninhibited newness and vivid images of dreams.

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Issues on Therapeutic Action and Self Psychology: A CommentaryReply to James L. Fosshage: Therapeutic Action and Self PsychologyA Brief Reply to Kenneth A. Frank and Kim BernsteinA Final Response to James L. Fosshage: Some Further Thoughts on Our Respective Positions on Kohut and Therapeutic Action

James L. Fosshage, Ph.D. opens this issue by responding to Frank and Bernstein (2012) and reconsidering their use of the term “provision” to represent self psychology’s theory of therapeutic action. He argues that the movement has always been structured as a relational model and has since evolved into a fuller relational approach. The dialogue continues when Kenneth A. Frank, Ph.D. and Kim Bernstein, Ph.D. address Fosshage’s critique and clarify their use of the term “provision” by considering its implications for agency on the part of the patient. In a reply, Fosshage attempts to sort out the areas of agreement and disagreement among the authors, concluding that the basic disagreement concerns the theoretical foundational implications of Kohut’s self-selfobject conceptualization. Finally, Frank and Bernstein reflect on the importance of linguistic precision with regard to psychoanalytic theory and how it represents especially challenging territory when engaging in responsible dialogue.

“If Someone Is There”: On Finding and Having One’s Own MindOn Mattering, Materiality, and “Transitional Memory”: A Discussion of Jonathan H. Slavin’s EssayDiscussion of Jonathan H. Slavin’s “‘If Someone Is there’: On Finding and Having One’s Own Mind”Touching Becomes Touching: Mind, Body, and Sexuality in a New Relational Psychoanalysis – Reply to Discussions

In this original paper, Jonathan H. Slavin, Ph.D., ABPP suggests that the possession of memory and the feeling of having one’s own mind is a capacity that is developed in relational space. Through a clinical vignette, he illustrates how the sharing of distressing memories can offer someone the profound experience that their mind matters to other people. In a response, Jill Gentile, Ph.D. proposes that Slavin restores the dimension of physical reality to contemporary psychoanalytic thinking, also claiming that memory and agency is fundamental to the experience of the other. Charles Spezzano, Ph.D. contributes to the discussion by reminding us that memory is a term we use to refer to a set of ongoing, inherently paradoxical mental processes and outcomes. Slavin responds to their points by suggesting that a new relational psychoanalysis that reckons with the body in the mind cannot escape reckoning with Freud's compelling understanding of sexual experiencing at the core and edge of our relational worlds.

Psychoanalysis and its Social Context

In this book review, Paul L. Wachtel, Ph.D. presents us with a fascinating take on A Psychotherapy for the People by Lewis Aron and Karen Starr. As Wachtel reminds us, this is an important book not only because it is well written but because it situates psychoanalysis within a social and historical context.

An Interview with Emanuel Berman

In this issue’s installment of Global Perspectives, Jill Choder-Goldman, L.C.S.W. interviews Dr. Emanuel Berman, an Israeli psychoanalyst. Their lively discussion touches on how the relationship between the history and the sociopolitical values of his culture has infused his work.

Six Poems – Memories of Childhood

In this issue’s Creative Literary section, editor Bonnie Zindel, L.C.S.W. introduces the work of three poets, whose pieces capture the powerful emotions of youth and link their early development with the sacred spaces therapists visit with patients.

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A Note from the Editors-in-Chief
Letter to the Editors
Trying to “Think Straight” About Openness in Adoption: One Gay Man’s Response to the Discussants of the Adoption Roundtable

Steven Kuchuck, LCSW, and Deborah Pines, LCSW, introduce the journal’s tenth anniversary issue with selections that respond to previous roundtables. Esther Hanoch, PhD, LCSW, writes a letter expressing gratitude for issue 9(2)’s roundtable on female desire. This is followed by Noah S. Glassman, PhD’s, response to the discussants of the Adoption Roundtable.

When Two Become Four: Patient, Analyst, Lover, Friend

In this paper by Steven Kuchuck, LCSW, lines become blurred in fascinating ways when the analysand reveals that he is dating the analyst’s friend. The paper raises issues of identity, sexual exploration, and the intersection of private, public, personal, and professional roles, reminding us that there are no easy answers when faced with certain challenging situations.

Can There Be a Spiritual Psychoanalysis?
Can There Be a Psychoanalytic Spirituality? A Response to Kenneth Porter
The Devil We Know
Sympathy for the Devil: Response to Lisa M. Cataldo and Mark Epstein

Kenneth Porter, MD, offers a new paradigm of spiritual psychoanalysis by exploring the possibilities for spiritual models of the self, analytic process, and analytic technique. In doing so, he attempts to integrate the insights from spiritual traditions into contemporary psychoanalysis. Lisa M. Cataldo, MDiv, PhD, reminds us that integrating spirituality into clinical work must be done with caution, which is echoed by Mark Epstein, MD, who brings Buddhist and psychoanalytic thought into the theoretical dialogue.

Psychoanalysis and the 21st Century: A Critique and a Vision
Deconstructing the Psychotherapy/Psychoanalysis Binary – The Case for Optimal Marginality: Commentary on a Paper by Kenneth Frank
Psychoanalysis as the “Loyal Opposition” – Commentary on a Paper by Kenneth Frank
Reply to the Discussants “From the Margins”

Kenneth A. Frank, PhD, traces a crisis in psychoanalysis to its inward-orientation, arguing that it needs to embrace an outward-orientation to remain relevant in the current cultural climate. He offers several suggestions of how to accomplish this, including integrating methodologies and incorporating perspectives from other disciplines. Karen E. Starr, PsyD, and Lewis Aron, PhD, agree that psychoanalysis is at a crossroads but suggest that this “psychotherapy for the people” is at its best when it is “optimally marginal,” or slightly askew from the mainstream. Jeremy D. Safran, PhD, lends an additional perspective to the dialogue by bringing in considerations about our health-care system and the implications brain-based research funding has on psychoanalytic training.

Winnicott, The Revolutionary

Sarah Hill, LCSW, RCST, reviews Donald Winnicott Today by Jan Abram, exploring how a variety of contemporary psychoanalytic voices serve as a living embodiment of Winnicott’s legacy, a Winnicott different from the one the reviewer thought she knew.

Creative Literary Arts – From Image to Words: One Unconscious Speaks to Another

In this issue, seven psychoanalysts were invited to respond to a range of surrealist paintings, bypassing the rational mind and putting words where there were none through creative imagination.

The Minus Side

In this issue’s Private Lives section, Xavier Trevino provides a compelling memoir of love, loss, and regret, set against the backdrop of ongoing struggle with addiction.

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“Complexity, Complexity, Complexity”: An Introduction to the Special Issue on Adoption

Kenneth A. Frank, PhD, and Kim Bernstein, PhD, introduce this special issue on working with adoption in psychoanalytic treatment from the perspective of analysts who have personal connections to the topic. Frank and Bernstein recognize the necessity for increased scholarly attention in order to contribute a deep and clarifying comprehension of adoption for clinicians working with patients whose lives had been shaped in some way by adoption.

Loss, Insecurity, and Uncertainty: The Impact of Adoption on the Developing Selves of a Birthmother

Providing us with a deeply stirring account, Sharon Horowitz, PhD, shares her experience of having placed her newborn up for adoption when she was young. The paper explores the impact of that life-altering event, focusing on the psychological struggle and ultimate personal reparation.

Loss and Resilience Form a Family: An Adoption Story From a Relational Point of View

Barbara Freedgood, LCSW, emphasizes the traumatic loss and biological disconnection built into adoption, reminding us that mourning is a life task that can promote growth and resilience. In this paper, she cautions against the idealizing, romanticizing, and normalizing of adoption as a result of its inherently personal relational trauma.

Being Borne: Contextualizing Loss in Adoption

Billie A. Pivnick, PhD, has produced groundbreaking work on adoption. Her new paper explores adoptees’ sense of dislocation that often evokes feelings of trauma and bereavement. By using her own experience as an adoptive mother as well as her work with patients, she underscores the importance of developing interwoven individual and family narratives.

Roundtable: Inside Adoption

Kelly Merklin, MA, LMSW, Roger Rosenthal, MA, MSW, Melissa Feldmann Secrest, LCSW, Alan Dolber, PhD, Noah Glassman, PhD, and Eleanor Schuker, MD, gathered to discuss the most salient issues for analysts working with and affected by adoption. The transcript of the discussion offers an illuminating look at the interaction among analysts who either are adopted themselves or are adoptive parents.

The Missing Content: Reflections on the Adoption Roundtable
Narrative, Family Romance Fantasy, and the Adoption Triad
Retrospective Reflections on the Adoption Roundtable Discussion
The More Things Stay the Same, the More They Change: Adoption Roundtable Reflections
Grapple, Grapple, Fret: The Aftermath of the Adoption Roundtable for This Utterly Non-Angry Adoptee
Comments on Reading the Adoption Roundtable

The participants of the roundtable each offer an insightful commentary on their experience after the roundtable. Among these compelling reflections and afterthoughts, there is the observation that there may be a tendency to share the more positive aspects of adoption, which could result in omitting some distressing elements of the adoption stories from the roundtable itself.

Adoption News: Heterosexual Parents Helped by Gay Man
Sequestered Selves: Discussion of Adoption Roundtable

In these invited commentaries, David Schwartz, PhD, and Janine de Peyer, LCSW, provide an outside perspective on the adoption roundtable. With both analysts personally familiar with adoption, they call attention to several important blind spots, such as the impacts of heteronormative culture and how attachment and dissociation intersect.

More Private than Otherwise
Sullivan in American History: An Interview with Naoko Wake

In this issue, Pascal Sauvayre, PhD, interviews Naoko Wake and reviews her book, Private Practices: Harry Stack Sullivan, the Science of Homosexuality, and American Liberalism. Here we have a wonderful example of the psychoanalytic perspective speaking to the historical perspective in an effort to contextualize one of psychoanalysis’ great figures.

Creative Literary Arts – Writing While the Analyst is Away

Creative Literary Arts Editor Bonnie Zindel, LCSW, presents five poems and a poetic narrative on what happens when the analyst is away. These creative works explore the multitude of emotions that arise in these situations and how therapeutic writing can be when we are confronted with that loss.

Taxi Down the Runway, Lift Off

In this moving exploration of a personal struggle with bipolar disorder, Davida Adedjouma, LMSW, describes her difficult experience with this dangerous illness. In sharing her life, she finds a way to take pride in her own healing, as she gives a voice to its many victims and inspires them not to suffer in silence.

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Introduction to the Changing Landscape of Female Desire

Melissa Feldmann Seacrest, LCSW introduces the roundtable conversation she conceived, organized, and moderated in September, 2010, titled “The Changing Landscape of Female Desire: The Growing Chasm Between ‘Hotness’ and Sexual Obsolescence in a Digitized, Surgicized, and Pornographized World.” Experts in the field of female sexuality and desire convened to discuss this under-addressed concern of psychoanalysts and the culture at large.

The Changing Landscape of Female Desire: The Growing Chasm Between ‘Hotness’ and Sexual Obsolescence in a Digitized, Surgicized, and Pornographized World

Daniel Bergner, Muriel Dimen, Ph.D., Luise Eichenbaum, LCSW, Janice Lieberman, Ph.D., and Melissa Feldmann Seacrest, LCSW gathered to discuss how living in an image-driven, highly sexualized culture affects women’s desire. This transcript of the discussion offers an illuminating look at how some of the sharpest psychoanalytic minds negotiate topics such as aging, cultural expectations, and digital pornography.

Female Trouble: I Can’t Get No Satisfaction
Coming into Desire
Commentary: Driving Into a Pond
Reply to Bjorklund and Orbach: Female Sexuality Roundtable

Sally Bjorklund, M.A., Susie Orbach, Ph.D., and Orna Gil, M.D. offer insightful commentaries on the female sexuality roundtable discussion. They extend the dialogue by responding to the roundtable in theoretical as well as anecdotal ways, sharing experiences from within and beyond the therapy room. In response to two of these commentaries, Muriel Dimen, Ph.D. reminds us that we must learn how to address women’s desire when working with patients and proposes possible solutions.

Sex and the Kitchen: Thoughts on Culture and Forbidden Desire

Inspired by the roundtable, Galit Atlas, Ph.D. was moved to write this fascinating exploration of female sexuality in the Israeli, Arab, and Persian worlds, in which she considers personal and clinical experiences of immigration and identity. She also looks at concepts of attraction and repulsion, idealization, and devaluation that circulate interpersonally and intrapsychically.

Ongoing Trauma, Ongoing Hope

In this revelatory paper based on his presentation at the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy conference in Tel Aviv, Neil Altman, Ph.D. explores the notion that in some cases trauma is ongoing and therefore cannot be sequestered in the past. This paper raises broad implications and is borne of personal exploration and in response to deep concerns about this and other troubled regions of the world.

How the Analyst Thinks as Clinician and as Literary Reader

This wonderful piece is a modified chapter from the forthcoming book by Thomas Ogden, M.D. and his son Benjamin Ogden and is invaluable to analytic readers, writers, and literary critics. In this stimulating exploration of psychoanalytic literary criticism, ways of using classical and contemporary psychoanalytic theory and technique are suggested to add an additional perspective to the ways in which we read literature.

An Interview with Isaac Tylim

This issue marks the launch of a new section of the journal, Global Perspectives. Interview editor Jill Cholder-Goldman, LCSW introduces us to the section by interviewing Argentinian-American psychoanalyst Isaac Tylim, Psy.D., exploring historical and cross-cultural influences on training, development, and use of theory and clinical technique.

Creative Literary Arts – Passion

Creative Literary Arts Editor Bonnie Zindel, LCSW presents poetry and short stories on passion. These poems and short stories show many facets of passion, such as in love, humor and playfulness, and in an analyst’s passion to heal the patient.

Grace Under Pressure

In this moving exploration of a personal struggle with anorexia, Andrea Rosenhaft, LCSW describes her strenuous experience with a dangerous illness. In sharing this, she gives a voice to many and inspires them not to suffer in silence.

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Therapeutic Action: An Introduction and Overview

Kenneth A. Frank, PhD, and Kim Bernstein, PhD, provide the reader with a history of psychoanalytic therapeutic action and discuss how the topic became the focus of this journal issue. Using case material that Paul Wachtel, PhD, presented at NIP’s annual conference in 2009: “Clinical Dialogues on Therapeutic Action in Psychoanalysis” as the common clinical example, various contemporary analysts offer commentary on Wachtel’s session, as well as offering astute insights on how and why psychoanalysis works.

A Close Tracking of Therapeutic Action in the Clinical Exchange

In the first commentary on Wachtel’s case, James L. Fosshage, PhD, operating within a “relational self-psychological psychoanalytic perspective,” postulates two modes of therapeutic action – the explicit exploratory/reflective avenue and the implicit/procedural new relational experience occurring between patient and analyst. Fosshage assesses the session through these lenses, praising Wachtel’s ability to make the patient feel validated and recognized during numerous transformative moments.

Perspectives on Different Kinds of Therapeutic Process and Therapeutic Action: A Discussion of Interviews With and By Paul Wachtel

Darlene Bregman Ehrenberg, PhD, ABPP, suggests that psychoanalysis is able to achieve at least as much as Wachtel’s form of integrative therapy and takes a micro-level examination of the choices Wachtel makes in his session. By focusing on the specifics, Ehrenberg offers up new possibilities and raises further questions about Wachtel’s approach.

From Dissociation to Association in a Clinical Consultation

David Brand, PhD, gives a close, textual reading of the interaction between Wachtel and patient in order to highlight the form and content of the therapeutic exchange, moments of therapeutic potential seized and lost. Brand’s conception of psychoanalytic therapeutic action is centered on the meaningful connections that occur between the patient’s narrative and the interaction between therapist and patient.

Therapeutic Change From the Perspective of Integrative Trauma Treatment

Sandra Shapiro, PhD, a relationally oriented integrationist, articulates how psychoanalytic theory and practice can accommodate new sources of knowledge, such as neuroscience. She points out that Wachtel’s trauma patient may benefit from treatments, which feature an integration of affect-regulation skills, such as EMDR and some skills-oriented methods from CBT.

Worlds of Devastation: A Phenomenologist's Comments on “Therapeutic Action in Psychoanalysis”

Donna M. Orange, PhD, PsyD, operating in philosopher-mode, challenges the common purported mechanisms of therapeutic action based on their tendency to disconnect us from our patients’ suffering. Instead, she zeroes in on the developmental piece of Wachtel’s patient’s history and discusses how his warmth and sensitivity are vital in working with the patient’s trauma.

Therapeutic Actions

Upon noticing a missing piece in the commentary, Kenneth A. Frank, PhD, adds his own integrationist perspective to the analysis of Wachtel’s case. Frank stresses the importance of patients taking their own therapeutic actions and indicates how Wachtel attends to constructive behavioral change during the session. He reminds us of affect-cognition-action complexes, which can be modified via change in any of the three elements, including behaviors.

Reflections on the Therapeutic Process

As a conclusion, Paul L. Wachtel, PhD, responds to some of the specific reflections of the aforementioned analysts to address the larger issue of therapeutic action. In doing so, he gives insight into his way of working with patients and what he finds to be most therapeutic. Wachtel’s thoughtful response is not only commentary on his individual case, but speaks to the current debate on how psychoanalysis can be integrated with other approaches for the maximum benefit of patients.

Fame or Infamy? A Review of Louis Breger’s A Dream of Undying Fame: How Freud Betrayed His Mentor and Invented Psychoanalysis
Reply to Alan Sirote’s Book Review

In this issue’s book review, Alan Sirote, LCSW, discusses Louis Breger’s account of Freud as a flawed character, considering the book a “beautifully crafted if unflattering tapestry of the internal and external world of this pioneer of psychoanalysis.” Given an opportunity to respond, Louis Breger, PhD, reflects on Sirote’s review, thus extending the dialogue and offering a valuable follow-up.

Creative Literary
Love Calls II

Creative Literary Editor Bonnie Zindel, LCSW, presents the sequel to last issue’s wonderful Love Calls collection. These poems are similarly varied in their exploration of the types of love and locations where love can exist. In her introduction to the Creative section, Zindel also reports on the journal’s first installment in its Creative Salon Series – “Talk Poetry to Me,” a 1930s Paris salon-themed event in New York City.

Father’s Day

Annalee Wilson, MFA, president of a marketing communications firm, contributes to our Private Lives section with a powerful meditation on the conflict she faced in balancing work and family in the 1970s. In this emotionally absorbing essay, she deals with her own complicated feelings as she watched her father negotiate the difficulties of dealing with her mother’s muscular dystrophy.

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The Organismic Otherness of Being, by Margaret Crastnopol, PhD
  • Commentaries:
  • Gray Cloth: Discussion of Margaret Crastnopol’s The Organismic Otherness of Being, by Kenneth A. Frank, PhD
  • Other to Ourselves: Commentary on Margaret Crastnopol’s The Organismic Otherness of Being, by Melanie Suchet, PhD

Margaret Crastnopol, PhD, invites the reader to look at topics not often addressed in the psychoanalytic literature. She considers the role temperament, cognitive style, and other biological determinants play in understanding development and functioning, as well as how we address this in the treatment. This paper features case vignettes and theoretical exploration of the idea that much of our sense of self can be enigmatic and happen at the biophysiologic level of existence, where it can’t be seen or known directly. Kenneth A. Frank, PhD, and Margaret Suchet, PhD, both raise some important questions about the author’s controversial premise, and they provide an opportunity for further elaboration and clarification when Crastnopol responds.

Between Denial and Witnessing: Psychoanalysis and Clinical Practice in the Israeli Context, by Chana Ullman
  • Commentaries:
  • Response to Chana Ullman’s Paper, Between Denial and Witnessing, by Neil Altman, PhD
  • Acknowledgement of Collective Trauma in Light of Dissociation and Dehumanization, by Jessica Benjamin, PhD
  • “Forget the Palestinians, You Are Our Mother:” Why Therapists Should Not Be Dead Right with their Patients, by Aner Govrin, PhD

Chana Ullman, PhD, addresses some of the dilemmas facing psychotherapists practicing within a sociopolitical context of ongoing trauma. This paper asks the fascinating question of what it means to be in an ethical relationship not only with our patients but also with the larger sociopolitical context in which we function. She provides glimpses into this dilemma to elucidate conflicts of belonging, identity, and trauma, when they intermingle in the clinic and beyond. In his commentary, Neil Altman, PhD, extends some of his important thinking in this area and considers why psychoanalysts ignore the political context in their work. Jessica Benjamin, PhD, elaborates on Ullman’s themes and applies her own understanding of the concept of witnessing to this troubled region. Israeli Analyst Aner Govrin, PhD, shares his different perspective on these issues, which prompts Ullman to respond to these commentaries by taking on the challenge of finding a “third” position from which to address Govrin’s rebuttal.

The Bad Father, The Sinful Son, and The Wild Ghost: A Psychoanalytic Exploration of the Dybbuk, by Galit Atlas-Koch, PhD

Israeli-American psychoanalyst Gail Atlas-Koch, PhD, graces us with an unusual and stirring treatise on a contemporary clinical application of ancient Jewish folklore. Based on a fascinating case, the author explores the meaning ghosts can have in our lives and how they can impact our functioning.

Book Review: Mystical Object Relations: A Review of Michael Eigen’s Flames From the Unconscious
An Interview with Michael Eigen

Jan C. Niemira, LCSW, reviews Michael Eigen’s book and interviews him about this exciting work and other aspects of Eigen’s thinking and life. The book is organized a series of intertwined and interrelated threads and reads as a complex tapestry of ideas, exploring ever-richer aspects of the unknown. In the interview, Niemira follows up on these topics with Eigen and offers the reader an intimate conversation with one of psychoanalysis’ great minds.

Creative Literary
Love Calls

Editor Bonnie Zindel showcases some of the finest selections received by the journal’s call for submissions, Love Calls. This issue features poetry and short stories, which explore various types of love including pure love, a mother’s love for her child, and a therapist helping a couple fall back into love. Due to the enormous response of submissions, the journal is pleased to announce it will be publishing Love Calls, Part 2, in the Spring 2012 issue.

Private Lives

Mindy Lewis, frequent Editorial Consultant, contributes to our Private Lives section with a moving piece in which the author explores her long relationship with, Dr. L, the psychiatrist she was sent to as a teenager.

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On Ferenczi: A Response—From Elasticity to the Confusion of Tongues and the Technical Dimensions of Ferenczi’s Approach
Ferenczi scholar B. William Brennan writes a thoughtful and imaginative reflection on Peter T. H offer’s article from our Ferenczi issue. It utilizes Brennan’s extensiveknowledge of Ferenczi, including valuable archival material that has not been examined by anyone other than Brennan. Hoffer offers his response to the author in a follow up piece.

Countertransference and the Heart of the Heroic: Working with a Journalist from China
Gradiva Award winner, Gladys Foxe, PhD, presents a new paper about the countertransference she confronted in her treatment of a Chinese dissident and survivor of the Tiananmen Square uprising. Dr. Foxe writes a brilliant and moving paper about this hero and his efforts to come to terms with an abusive background. In the following two commentaries, by Sue Grand, PhD, and Alan Roland, PhD, the courage of the young man is discussed, as well as that of the other women in his life and the depth of the countertransference that Foxe confronts.

The Not-Me and the Loving Self
Eric Mendelsohn, PhD, discusses a difficult, narcissistic patient and a personal tragedy in this moving and beautifully written article. The challenges he experiences and the surprising interest from the patient show him that one can never predict the bond that will endure between patient and analyst.

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy for Children with Asperger’s Syndrome: Therapeutic Engagement Through Play
Alan J. Levy, DSW, LCSW, won the 2010 NIP Educator’s Award for this exciting paper in which he presents his theory that a contemporary psychoanalytic approach may play a unique and effective role in treating children with Asperger’s syndrome, especially in those cases where there is a true desire to relate to others.

The Wolf Girl
Allison Mazer Katz, LMSW, tells the lively and intelligent story of a clinician-candidate meeting a difficult patient, whom she had treated at her social work job, before she started training. It was a difficult case then that grew even more challenging—and burdensome—when it became analysis.

Book Review: "The Inner Life of Boys," A review of Ken Corbett's Boyhoods: Rethinking Masculinities
This month’s book review is by Sarah Hill, LCSW. “Corbett’s lyrical prose and gift for story-telling, his expansive mind and norm-busting theorizing, and his deeply felt love for his patients make Boyhoods thoroughly engrossing to read,” she writes.

Creative Literary
Editor Bonnie Zindel includes poems by Michael Milano, Edward McCrorie and Rosalie Calabrese. Also included in this section is a poetic psychoanalytic essay by Gwyneth Kerr Erwin entitled “Weather,” a measure of how weather plays a part in the fluctuating emotions of author and patients.

Private Lives
Private Lives Editor Clemens Loew introduces “A Man Called Henry,” by Todd Stansfield which explores the father/son bond and how some of life’s occurrences can leave us branded forever.

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The Elegant Adaptation: on Creativity in Psychoanalysis and Art – An Interview with Danielle Knafo, PhD
Spyros Orfanos, PhD interviews Danielle Knafo, PhD, one of the leading contemporary voices in psychoanalytic theories of creativity. Their spirited conversation touches on far-reaching topics like the meaning of art and its relationship to trauma, the artist and analyst’s creative process, and Knafo’s own prolific work.

Art Lust: Desire and the Work of Picasso and Klimt
Lynne Oliva, MA, MFT, invites the reader into her erotically-charged psychoanalytic world. By analyzing master painters like Picasso and Klimt, she asks us what we truly see when we look at a work of art. Be sure to see the color photos here on our website, as they add another dimension to this stimulating article.

The Great Mistake
Lynn Somerstein, PhD, RYT, is a psychoanalyst and painter who creates art to make sense of the world and survive in it. In the process, she discovers herself and strengthens the therapeutic relationship with one particular patient. The two artistic pieces are also displayed in color here on our site.

No One Can Hear Me Scream! The Integration of Expressive Therapy Techniques, Creative Processing of Countertransference Inductions, and the Use of Metaphor in the Psychoanalytically Oriented Outpatient Treatment of a Woman Artist with a Schizoaffective Disorder
Sculptor, photographer, creative arts therapist, and psychoanalyst Robert Irwin Wolf, LPsyA, LCAT, ATR-BC provides us with an intensive case study of a challenging schizoaffective patient. Through the author’s commentary and accompanying illustrations of the art of both therapist and patient, we witness the integration of creative, expressive modalities and depth-oriented psychoanalytic treatment. The art in the article as well as additional art can be seen here on our site.

Lady Gaga’s Penis
In this wonderfully playful piece Robert J. Benton, PhD, LP, explores the psyche of pop sensational persona Lady Gaga. The author uses YouTube clips, a Radio City Music Hall performance, and self-disclosure to ascertain the nature of Gaga’s cultural appeal from a personal and psychoanalytic perspective.

“Song of Songs”: Music and a Relational Aesthetic
Here, Spyros Orfanos, PhD, accompanies the reader on a journey to Greece and, with the help of music, to Auschwitz. He dissects the intersections of song and psychoanalysis using the lenses of country, family, theory, and both cultural and personal triumph in the face of tragedy. You can hear some of the music that Orfanos disscusses here on our site.

Bob Dylan’s Multiple Self-States: A Wild Analysis
As Hillary Grill, LCSW explains, the soundtrack of her life has been composed by Bob Dylan. Here, she welcomes the reader inside Dylan’s and her own overlapping psyches as we voyage with the two of them through his folk era, his rock’n’roll, his born-again Christian period, and his time with the Hasidim: the subterranean homesick Dylan.

Telling the Story: An Interview with A.M. Homes
Jill Choder-Goldman, LCSW, sits down with novelist and memoirist A.M. Homes to discuss a variety of topics such as motherhood, adoption, psychoanalysis, and especially the nature of one’s creative process. They engage in a riveting dialogue about pushing yourself to your limits creatively and analytically.

The Mother, the Son, and the Holy Ghost: An Interview with the Creators of the Pulizer Prize-Winning Musical Next to Normal
In this eye-opening interview, Juliet Ross, PsyD, spends time with composer Tom Kitt and librettist-lyricist Brian Yorkey, co-creators of the Broadway hit Next to Normal, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. She explores their collaborative process, their take on writing about mental illness, and other dynamics they experienced during the creation and run of this great show.

An Education: A Study in Dissociation, and Where the Wild Things Are – Film Reviews
In these film reviews, Valerie Oltarsh-McCarthy, LCSW, MPH and Bridgette Vidunas, RN, LCSW turn psychoanalytic eyes to recent movies, An Education and Where the Wild Things Are. These multilayered films provide the authors with copious material to explore dissociation, multiplicity, attachment, and other psychoanalytic themes.

Book Review: “Standing in the Spaces” with Olive Kitteridge, by Elizabeth Strout
Susan Guaccero, LCSW, NCPsyA examines Elizabeth Strout’s analytically rich Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Olive Kitteridge, which features 13 interwoven short stories revolving around the protagonist Olive.

Creative Literary
Creative Literary editor Bonnie Zindel, LCSW introduces the section by acknowledging the journal’s welcoming of creative-minded endeavors throughout its history. This particular issue features fine lyrical and prose poetry from David Austern, MFA, Henry Seiden, PhD, and Kim Bernstein, PhD.

Finding My Range
In this issue’s Private Lives section, Clem Loew, PhD introduces an excerpt from the memoir Blows to the Head: How Boxing Changed My Mind by Binnie Klein, LCSW. This illuminating piece shows boxer-therapist Klein finding her ideal range in boxing, therapy, and in life.

Also, for the very first time, Psychoanlytic Perspectives published two topically relevent cartoons, to round out our Arts on the Couch issue. The full table of contents is available here.

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Volume 7, Issue 1

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A New (2010) Introduction to Aron and Harris (1993) Sándor Ferenczi: Discovery and Rediscovery: An Introduction to: The Legacy of Sándor Ferenczi
Lewis Aron, PhD, and Adrienne Harris, PhD, have written an updated introduction to their classic book exclusively for Psychoanalytic Perspectives. Out of print for 17 years, The Legacy of Sándor Ferenczi has only recently been republished online.

Sándor Ferenczi: Discovery and Rediscovery
Lewis Aron, PhD, and Adrienne Harris, PhD, have given us the rights to publish this first chapter from their groundbreaking book, The Legacy of Sándor Ferenczi.

Origins of a Relational Perspective in the Ideas of Sándor Ferenczi and the Budapest School of Psychoanalysis
Arnold Rachman, PhD, describes Ferenczi’s theoretical and clinical work regarding countertransference, the notion of a two-person psychology, mutuality, and, at the time, other radical ways of thinking as a predictor of object relations theory and, the relational school that would emerge some 50 years after his death. His paper reminds us how crucial Ferenczi was to psychoanalysis.

An Interview with Jeremy Safran on the Founding of the Sándor Ferenczi Center at New School University
Jill Choder-Goldman, LCSW, talks with Jeremy Safran, PhD, co-chair of the Sándor Ferenczi Center at the New School in New York. In an interview conducted for this Journal, Safran discusses the founding of the center and how Ferenczi came to be seen as the father of Relational Psychoanalysis.

Sándor Ferenczi and the Budapest School of Psychoanalysis
Judit Meszaros, PhD, gives us insight into Ferenczi’s personal and professional history and his relationship to the school he started in his home city. Included here are some photos of Ferenczi and colleagues.

From Elasticity to the Confusion of Tongues: A Historical Commentary on the Technical Dimension of the Freud/Ferenczi Controversy
Peter Hoffer, PhD, sheds light on the conflict between Ferenczi and Freud.

Ferenczi and Ego Psychology
Italian Psychoanalyst, Carlo Bonomi, PhD, explains how ego psychology ruled in the United States for 40 years until the aversion to Ferenczi began to abate.

Confusion of Tongues: Trauma and Playfulness
Galit Atlas-Koch, PhD, adds a clinical paper discussing two cases from the point of view of the distinction between the language of tenderness and the language of aggression.

Death/Life: Reflections on Reading Ferenczi
Lane Gerber, PhD, writes of how he identifies with Ferenczi and the personal way the paper “The Unwelcome Child and His Death Instinct” (Ferenczi, 1929) resonated with him.

Ferenczi’s Lucubrations
Robert Langan, PhD, tempts the reader with a fantasy of being in the room with Ferenczi as he burns the midnight oil.

Sándor Ferenczi: The Dramatologist of Love
Zvi Lothane, MD, writes about dramatization and dramatology in the psychoanalytic consulting room and recognizes that Ferenczi viewed symptoms as communications of love, given and received.

Ferenczi’s Work on War Neuroses
Adrienne Harris, PhD, discusses “Two Types of War Neuroses” (Ferenczi, 1916/1917) and explains how Ferenczi, working in a field hospital during World War I, saw the powerful function of unconscious phenomena, regression and fragmentation in the trauma of these men.

Book Review: Healing Through Love: A Review of “Disappearing and Reviving: Sándor Ferenczi in the History of Psychoanalysis”
Pascal Sauvayre, PhD, explores Ferenczi’s highly complex presence in the history of psychoanalysis in his review of this book by Andre Haynal.

Creative Literary Arts
In the Creative Literary Arts Section, we have included two essays with similar themes: Darcy Dean Minsky, LCSW, MS, writes about the death of her analyst of 22 years and Kabi Hartman, PhD, writes about the sudden death of the analyst who saw her through difficult times.

On Bread and Wine
Private Lives offers a moving essay by Spyros Orfanos. PhD, ABPP, about the death of his father and his honored memory.

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Volume 6, Issue 2

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This issue opens with two commentaries; Katie Gentile, PhD, and Abby Stein, PhD, each address the concept of gender -- an overlooked aspect of our roundtable discussion on violence in therapists’ offices, in “Missing Genders: Commentary on the Roundtable Discussion: Violence and Aggression in the Consulting Room.”

Scholarly papers include three interviews by Theresa Aiello, PhD, of European analysts, Rudolf Ekstein, Erna Furman, and Esther Menaker, who emigrated to the United States in the mid 20th century. Emerging therapist Elizabeth Janssen recounts working with a patient grappling with attachment issues. Clemens Loew,PhD, Sophia Richman, PhD, and Helen Epstein follow with three papers, which each address aspects of finding one’s voice, constructing narrative and the role of analysis in the process of writing a memoir.

Paul Steinberg, MD, reviews Linda Hopkins’ False Self: The Life of Masud Khan, a book that explores Khan’s contradictory nature, his relationship with Winnicott, and the troubling realization that influence sometimes comes at a very high price.

This Creative Literary Arts section features an assortment of poetry from famous people from all walks of life. These “Unexpected Poets” include Marilyn Monroe, Pablo Picasso, and even Barack Obama.

In this issue’s Private Lives section, Linda Sherby, PhD, describes her complex and moving experiences during her final days with her husband in a hospice. We accompany her on a compelling search for answers in order to cope with the unbearable loss.

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Volume 6, Issue 1

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We present a lively and intelligent discussion of violence as it confronts therapists in their offices. Three brilliant--and vocal--analysts and authors, Sue Grand, PhD, Joseph Newirth, PhD, and Abby Stein, PhD, explore the issue both as therapists and, in one case, as a researcher into the dark consciousness of violent felons.

In this excerpt from his most recent book, Thomas Ogden looks at the question of being with and talking with patients in that he talks with each patient in a way that is utterly unique to that patient. He also talks about supervision and analytic reading and writing, all in terms of “dreaming up” psychoanalysis. Writing about analytic works, poetry, and other imaginative literature is the way he continues to rediscover psychoanalysis.

By sharing extensive case material and her own relevant personal history, Linda Jacobs, PhD, explores the influence of the analyst’s subjectivity on clinical choices and interventions. Challenges to the frame and other important issues are explored.

Shelle Goldstein views psychoanalysis, religion and spirituality as parallel paths of transformation. When patients feel healed, especially in the context of a relational treatment that allows for the creation of an intersubjective, third space, psychoanalysis may be experienced as a sacred journey. Alan Sirote, LCSW, reviews Abby Stein’s Prologue to Violence: Child Abuse, Dissociation, and Crime, a provocative book that explores the origins of violence by applying theories of dissociation to criminal behavior. The Creative Literary Arts section features poetry and prose attempting to capture moments by putting them into words. These short pieces, all 700 words or less, remarkably depict essences of the human condition. In this issue’s Private Lives section, Lynn Somerstein, PhD, describes her complicated relationship with her misogynistic father and how it had a vital impact on her self-esteem and her romantic relationships.

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This issue features an impassioned and creative discussion that ensues when four distinguished panelists (Elsa First, Judith Kuspit, Fayek Nakhla, Murray Schwartz) come together and engage in serious "play" with Winnicott's ideas.

The Italian analyst Almatea Usuelli Kluzer offers a thoughtful commentary on the Winnicott Roundtable that focuses on Winnicott's innovative departures from Freudian and Kleinian formulations, the absence of the father in Winnicott, the status and relationship between illusion and reality, Winnicott's preoccupation with madness and his relationship with Masud Khan.

Michael Eigen eloquently elaborates on of Winnicott's notion of "pre-dependent aloneness", an aloneness before dependence is recognized, embedded in a matrix of unknown support, leaving in its wake, according to Eigen, an unconscious sense of boundlessness.

The British child psychoanalytic psychotherapist Monica Lanyado explores the resonances between meditative states and certain moments in treatment. Her sensitive clinical example of an adolescent girl illustrates these resonances and how this ultimately enabled the patient to develop a capacity to play and move away from past traumas.

Pascal Sauvayre, PhD, reviews Irwin Hirsch’s Coasting in the Countertransference, a book devoted to the phenomenon of “coasting,” which therapists might unknowingly exploit and may not be in their patients’ best interests.

The Creative Literary Arts section features poetry from D.W. Winnicott and his student Masud Khan. These poems are embodiments of Winnicott’s concept of creativity – the transitional space between our inner and outer worlds.

In this issue’s Private Lives section, G. Christopher Turner, PhD, provides us with a very personal account of what happens when the core self is violated. In this traumatic story, a child’s fantasy world is intruded upon by a malevolent reality. We have sold out of this issue, but please click here to be forwarded to the Taylor and Francis site, our new publishers, to subscribe for 2012.


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Volume 5, Number 1 is an issue that will appeal to a broad range of interests. The issue opens with thoughtful and heartfelt reviews of the Roundtable Discussion "Last Witnesses: Child survivors of the Holocaust," the feature article of Volume 4, Number 2. The reviewers include Anna Ornstein, MD, Robert Krell, MD, Peggy Reubens, LCSW and Eva Fogelman, PhD.

Scholarly papers include contributions on trauma and its impact on psychic structure by Elizabeth Howell, PhD, an interesting paper exploring treating substance abuse by combining a relational psychoanalytic model of treatment with the Harm Reduction model authored by Debra Rothchild, PhD. Following this paper, Diane M. Churchill, PhD, LCSW, CASAC offers a thoughtful critique on blending paradigms in the treatment of substance abuse. This section of contributions concludes with a paper entitled "Enhancing Psychoanalysis: A Case of Integrating EMDR by Jennifer Leighton LCSW.

Our Creative Literary Arts section presents two poems on madness. In the Private Lives section Anja Behm, LCSW, a native of East Germany, offers a moving account of her work with concentration camp survivors and the feelings of sadness, guilt and healing that she found herself confronted with.

Valerie Oltarsh-McCarthy, LCSW, MPH offers a review of the film "Vivienne's Songbook" by Ofra Bloch, LCSW. Ms. Oltarsh-McCarthy's review includes a review of the panel discussion led by Eric Mendelshon, PhD and also included Margaret Black, LCSW, Sue Grand, PhD, and Irwin Hirsch PhD.

Our issue concludes with a review of Owen Renik's recent book "Practical Psychoanalysis for Therapists and Patients" by Kenneth A. Frank, PhD. In his typically scholarly style, Dr. Frank locates and analyzes Renik's strengths as an analyst and thinker. Frank places the book in perspective with his discussion of the theoretical shift from a one person model to a two person model that was part of the relational turn in psychoanalytic theory and praxis.

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Volume 4, Issue 2

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This issue features a roundtable discussion entitled “Last Witnesses: Child Survivors of the Holocaust.” It is a heartfelt and profound discussion by panelists Eva Metzger Brown, Ph.D.; Dori Laub, M.D.; Clemens Loew, Ph.D. and Sophia Richman, Ph.D., who discuss their experiences as survivors, patients, therapists and parents. The roundtable was inspired by the paper, “A Child Survivor Comes Out of Hiding: Two Stories of Trauma,” by Eva Metzger Brown, which appears in the issue along with discussions of Ionas Sapountzis’ “The Scarred Rapper and the Poems of Always” (Vol. 4 #1) by Neil Altman and Sarah Hill.

Our Creative and Literary Arts section presents poems and short fiction dedicated to the theme of presence and absence and loss, and the debut of our new “Private Lives” section, featuring personal memoirs, with Clem Loew’s story, “The Apron.”

The issue ends with an interesting and comprehensive review essay of “Affect Regulation, Mentalization and the Development of the Self” by Fonagy, Target, Gergley and Jurist; “Affect Regulation and the Repair of the Self” by Alan Schore; and “Affect Dysregulation and the Disorders of the Self” by Alan Schore.

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Volume 4, Issue 1

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This issue features a special collaborative roundtable on spirituality/religion and psychoanalysis, co-sponsored by the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (CLAL). Panelists Rabbi Tsvi Blanchard, Marie Hoffman, Therese Ragen, Jeremy Safran, and Rabbi Dennis Shulman, and moderators Amanda Hirsch Geffner and Rabbi Irwin Kula, ponder the place of spirituality/religion within, or in relation to, psychoanalysis and vice versa. A diverse sampling of reactions to the roundtable are to be found in written discussions by Amber Haque, Elliot Jurist and Henry Grayson, followed by brief responses from the original panelists.

Also, the discussion of Kenneth Frank’s article, “Toward Conceptualizing the Personal Relationship in Therapeutic Action Beyond the ‘Real’ Relationship” (Vol. 3 #1), continues with a discussion by David Brand and the author’s response.

The multi-issue “Diversity” section presents Ionas Sapountzis’ moving and courageously honest paper, “the Scarred Rapper and the Poems of Always,” which will be discussed by Neil Altman and Sarah Hill in Volume 4 #2.

The “Creative Literary Arts” section explores through a varied selection of poems, the connection between writing and sanity/insanity.
A review of the film “Crash,” by Elizabeth Reich, and a review by Judith Kaufman of Eric Sherman’s book “Notes From the Margins: The Gay Analyst’s Subjectivity in the Treatment Setting.”

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Volume 3, Issue 2

In this issue, Paul L. Wachtel continues an ongoing discussion of Kenneth Frank’s article in Volume 3, Number 1, on “Toward Conceptualizing the Personal Relationship in Therapeutic Action: Beyond the ‘Real’ Relationship”; and Frank responds.

A special section on “Diversity” includes essays by Robert Grossmark (“Step Across This Line: A Personal Reflection on the Diverse Experience”) and Neil Altman (“How Psychoanalysis Became White in the United States and How That Might Change”); and a paper by Glenys Lobban on "Immigration and Dissociation".

The successful “Creative Literary Arts” section includes works by Rodger Kamenetz, Nicole Cooley, Biljana D. Obradovic and Bill Lavender (among others).

Papers that follow include: “The Loudness of the Unspoken: Candidates’ Anxiety in Supervision” by Esther Hanoch; and “Aspects of Angst in Analytic Supervision; A Candidate Weighs In” by Melissa Secrest. The latter is then discussed by Sabert Basescu and Esther Hanoch.

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Volume 3, Issue 1

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Volume 3, Number 1 includes reader responses from Thomas Ogden, Warren Wilner and Elizabeth Goren. Peggy Reubens addresses “When Catastrophe Strikes: Considerations for Psychoanalysis in Post-9/11 America"; and Kenneth Frank writes about “The Personal Relationship” in “Toward Conceptualizing the Personal Relationship in Therapeutic Action: Beyond the 'Real' Relationship”.

The “Creative Literary Arts” section includes the innovative “Poems by People in Analysis”, from Alison Beynon, Felicity Frisbe, Adam Shechter, and many others.

A “New Voices” section introduces Marc A. Sholes, followed by a fascinating dialogue between Scholes and Eric Mendelsohn. Warren Wilner then writes on Dissociation and Association in “Dissociation as Dis-Associating from One's Associations: An Experiential Perspective on the Issues of Dissociation and Enactment in Psychoanalytic Therapy”.

Book Reviews by David Altfeld (“The Technique of Group Treatment: The Collected Papers of Louis R. Ormont, Ph.D.”) and Art Baur (“Between Emotion and Cognition: The Generative Unconscious”, by Joseph Newirth) follow.

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Volume 2, Issue 2

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Volume2, Number 2 opens with commentary by Lynne Layton on the roundtable, "Is Politics the Last Taboo in Psychoanalyis?" from Volume 2, Number 1.

After Beth Dorfman's intriguing interview into the mind of Lew Aron, Judith Becker Greenwald introduces a series of articles and commentaries on the topic of trauma by such notable writers as Mary Gail Frawley-O'Dea, Michael Clifford and Elizabeth Goren.

Intersubjectivity is addressed in Ionas Sapountzis' article, "From the Crumbs of a Cookie: The Poetics of the Subjective in the Therapeutic Encounter," followed by Creative Literary Arts: "The Day of Michelangelo," a work of fiction by Bonnie Zindel, and "My Body Grew on Me," a poem by Esther Hanoch.

The Book Review in this issue is by Elizabeth Krimendahl, on "Playing Hard at Life: A Relational Approach to Treating Multiply Traumatized Adolescents," by Etty Cohen.

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Volume 2, Issue 1

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In Volume 2, Number 1, don’t miss the exciting roundtable discussion “Is Politics the Last Taboo in Psychoanalysis?” with Neil Altman, Jessica Benjamin, Ted Jacobs and Paul Wachtel. Discussants include Muriel Dimen, Amanda Hirsch Geffner, Andrew Samuels, and Cleonie White.

This piece is followed by “Remote Control: Mothers, Sons, and Subjectivity,” an article by leading feminist psychoanalyst Luise Eichenbaum; original poems by Thomas Ogden and Emily Ogden; a book review on Psychoanalysis and Buddhism by Kenneth Porter, a spiritually oriented psychoanalyst; and an engrossing review of N.I.P.T.I.’s conference on Shame and Sexuality by Ronnie Levine.

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Volume 1, Issue 1

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The inaugural issue of Psychoanalytic Perspectives was published in late 2003.

The revealing "Honesty and Dishonesty in the Consulting Room" by Owen Renik, M.D., is followed by responses from Joyce Slochower, Ph.D. and Warren Wilner, Ph.D.; an interview with James L Fosshage, Ph.D., complements Fosshage'sreflections on "What is a Psychoanalytic Relationship?" and "How Does it Effectuate Change?".

Mary Gail Frawley-O'Dea, Ph. D, then reflects on the aftermath of September 11, 2001, in "When the Trauma is Terrorism and the Analyst is Traumatized too: Working as an Analyst Since 9/11" (entire article available online). Reactions to this provocative piece will be featured in an upcoming issue of Psychoanalytic Perspectives.

In addition to offering creative pieces by Bonnie Zindel, M.S.W., Rachel Newcombe, M.S.W. and James LoParo, Volume 1, Number 1 also includes the journal's Editorial Philosophy and "The Evolution of N.I.P. in a Historical Context: A Founder's Perspective" by Clemens Loew, Ph.D.

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