Psychoanalytic Terms and Concepts

Edited by Elizabeth L. Auchincloss, MD, and Eslee Samberg, MD

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This is the first revised, expanded, and updated edition of Psychoanalytic Terms and Concepts since its third edition in 1990. It presents a scholarly exposition of English-language psychoanalytic terms and concepts, including those from all contemporary schools of theory and practice. Each entry starts with a brief definition that is followed by an explanation of the significance of the term/concept for psychoanalysis, its historical development, and the present-day controversies about best usage.

Elizabeth L. Auchincloss, MD, is senior associate director and training and supervising psychoanalyst at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. Eslee Samberg, MD, is Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst at The New York Psychoanalytic Institute and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College.

"This volume offers an invaluable and comprehensive resource to students of psychoanalysis and to scholars from many disciplines interested in integrating psychoanalytic perspectives into their work."--Linda C. Mayes, M.D., Arnold Gesell Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology

It stands, in my view, at the highest level of psychoanalytic Dictionaries, and represents, for American psychoanalysis, what in the past LaPlanche and Pontalis did with their Dictionary for French analysis: the presentation of a particular, fundamental contribution to international psychoanalysis and the behavioral sciences. Having studied various psychoanalytic dictionaries in English, German, French and Spanish, the present book in my view, is an original, superb contribution at the highest level.--Otto F. Kernberg, Professor of Psychiatry, Weill Medical College of Cornell University

“Excellent. . . . This edition of Psychoanalytic Terms and Concepts deserves as wide an audience as possible. For the seasoned clinitian, it is nothing short of a superb review course, i.e., a veritable tour de force, of the expansive history (and current practice) of psychoanalytic thinking. Its definitions and explanations are so clear, well-researched, and devoid of the jargon so typical of psychoanalytic writing that it is also an essential read for the psychoanalytic neophyte.” —Sylvia R. Karusu, M.D., American Journal of Psychotherapy
ISBN: 9780300109863
Publication Date: October 30, 2012
368 pages, 7 x 10