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#1
Ian S Miller
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 15, 2018: American Journal of Psychoanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29662103/authority-psychotherapy-and-the-authority-of-the-therapist-in-the-religious-haredi-community
#2
Esther Hess
This article considers the meaning and significance of authority, and its relevance to the transference process, within the framework of psychotherapy in the orthodox Jewish (Haredi) community in Israel. In this community, deeply-rooted habits of obedience to the commandments of the Torah and the authority of the Rabbi are integral to maintaining an orthodox way of life. Clinical vignettes with Haredi patients are presented to illustrate the complexities that arise when both patient and therapist belong to the orthodox community, and highlight the authority-related issues that are central to the therapy...
April 16, 2018: American Journal of Psychoanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29662102/richard-gartner-understanding-the-sexual-betrayal-of-boys-and-men-the-trauma-of-sexual-abuse-and-healing-sexually-betrayed-men-and-boys-treatment-for-sexual-abuse-assault-and-trauma
#3
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29643373/reading-willy-wonka-in-the-era-of-anti-thinking
#4
Ian S Miller
Whether encountered as a movie or novel, Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a childhood staple of postwar Anglophone culture. Originally published in 1964, Dahl's story of "Willie Wonka" is a morality tale for our times addressed by the present essay in relation to the precariousness, violence, intergenerational faith, and materialist fantasies reflective of contemporary life in the early twenty-first century. Compensating for the precarity of contemporary life's impoverishment as assumptions of societal stability are overthrown, this chronicle of the Bucket family details: envious desire validated by large group chosen trauma; authoritarian enslavement of inferior, colonized peoples with murderous, industrial-level human experimentation; toward gratification of the greedy fantasy of unlimited sweetness under the sway of lethal identification with the aggressor...
April 11, 2018: American Journal of Psychoanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29643372/good-and-bad-love-and-intimacy-from-plato-to-melanie-klein
#5
David Stromberg
Melanie Klein's theories on love outline a complex system of relations-an oscillating dynamic of psychical and emotional tendencies following from both actual experience and fantasies produced by the mind. Her insights are often discussed and applied in psychoanalytical contexts, but the philosophical implications of her theory-especially in relation to Platonic thought-have rarely been discussed. In this article, I will attempt to address this gap by setting out some preliminary yet core considerations shared by both Plato and Klein...
April 11, 2018: American Journal of Psychoanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29593360/from-die-traumdeutung-to-the-squiggle-game-a-brief-history-of-an-evolution
#6
Alberto Stefana
It is often possible to retrace the history of a new concept or a new technique, identifying precursor and reflections that would lay the foundations for the birth of something "new". This also applies to the "squiggle game" of Donald W. Winnicott, one of the Winnicottian "creations" in which the distinctive signs of its fatherhood are more evident as, at the same time, are evident several debts to other scientists: from Freud's interpretation of dreams, through Jung, Klein and Fordham to Milner's "free drawings"...
March 28, 2018: American Journal of Psychoanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29581517/elia-kazan-s-america-america-a-message-for-america
#7
Merle Molofsky
Elia Kazan's 1963 film, America America is a tribute to the immigrant experience of his own forebears, and has relevance to the refugee crisis of today. In stark black and white cinematography, the film provides insight into the refugee-immigrant experience, personified in Stavros, a young man longing for freedom, obsessed with an idealized America. His hope and innocence cannot safeguard him. His memories of his happy childhood and loving family create idealizing transferences to a world of others who manipulate and betray him as he undertakes his quest...
March 26, 2018: American Journal of Psychoanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29459756/humility
#8
Salman Akhtar
This paper offers a nuanced discourse on the otherwise ignored topic of humility. It brings together scattered comments within psychoanalysis, secular lay-literature, sociocultural studies, and religious thought on humility. The paper also describes pathological variants of humility (excessive, deficient, false, and compartmentalized) and delineates five areas of clinical practice where humility plays an important role: (i) humility in selecting patients to treat, (ii) humility in daily conduct with patients, (iii) humility in the attitude of listening to clinical material, (iv) humility in the manner of intervening, and (v) humility in deciding upon the longevity of our professional careers...
March 2018: American Journal of Psychoanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29422686/binocular-vision-in-the-total-situation
#9
Christo Joannidis
This paper investigates the concept of "total situation" which, even though introduced into psychoanalytic thinking via sister disciplines, such as sociology, the neurosciences, etc., has gradually acquired a relatively prominent position in current therapeutic practice. It is used as a metaphor for the envelopment of the unfolding transferential and related events in the analytic process. Irrespective of whether one focuses on the individual analytic condition or the group-analytic one, contemporary psychoanalytic perspectives include both the bi-personal unconscious interactions and the various levels of the total situation in their conceptualizations of the nature of the process...
March 2018: American Journal of Psychoanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29422685/ethical-presence-in-the-psychoanalytic-encounter-and-the-role-of-apology
#10
Micha Weiss
This paper discusses aspects of ethical presence in psychoanalysis, and the possible use of apology in the therapeutic process. The author roughly delineates two periods in the history of psychoanalysis regarding the ethical dimension-the early classical period which is influenced by Freud's ethics of honesty, which gradually evolves towards the more recent intersubjectively-influenced period, necessitating the assimilation of an ethics of relationships. It is suggested that explicit theorizing of the ethical dimension into psychoanalysis offers added value to its effectiveness, and a framework is presented for combining relational, intersubjectively informed ethical dialogue, with contributions of classical technique, enriching the therapeutic potential of psychoanalytic work...
March 2018: American Journal of Psychoanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29422684/somatic-countertransference-as-evidence-of-adhesive-identification-in-a-severely-traumatized-woman
#11
Judy K Eekhoff
This paper discusses the use of somatic countertransference as a means of learning about the patient, about projective and adhesive identification and about the object relating nature of the most traumatized and withdrawn part of the personality. It assumes an elemental knowledge of British Object Relations and uses clinical material to illustrate the hypotheses that somatic countertransference is an indicator of a very elemental communication occurring from the aspect of the psyche that is united in a body mind or mind body...
March 2018: American Journal of Psychoanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29422683/never-again-trauma-disrupts-the-experience-of-time
#12
Robert D Stolorow
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2018: American Journal of Psychoanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29422681/melancholic-response-to-war-destruction-and-the-emergence-of-a-group-assumption-of-post-ness
#13
Kalina Yordanova
What psychological response does war and forced displacement evoke in victims? How do survivors of war communicate their experiences to their children? Finally, what culture does the psychological response to loss shape? Using data collected through interviews, psychological consultations, and children's drawings from two sources-the ongoing Syrian civil war and the Bosnian war of 1992-1995, this paper suggests that the experience of the war generation becomes the organizing axis of their identity and that of their children...
March 2018: American Journal of Psychoanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142302/there-must-be-blood
#14
George E Atwood
It is argued that in the effective psychotherapy of patients suffering with severe trauma, there is always blood that is shed. This blood may be metaphorical but is often literal. In its absence, it is unlikely that anything of real value has occurred.
December 2017: American Journal of Psychoanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109443/shining-a-psychoanalytic-light-on-alienation-otherness-and-xenophobia
#15
EDITORIAL
Endre Koritar
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2017: American Journal of Psychoanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29085057/our-relations-to-refugees-between-compassion-and-dehumanization
#16
Sverre Varvin
After the so-called refugee crisis of 2015-2016 European reactions to foreigners had come to the fore and we are seeing xenophobic political and populist movements become increasingly mainstream. The massive rejection of refugees/asylum seekers taking place has made their conditions before, during and after flight, increasingly difficult and dangerous. This paper relates current xenophobia to historical attitudinal trends in Europe regarding Islam, and claims that a much more basic conflict is at work: the one between anti-modernism/traditionalism and modernism/globalization...
December 2017: American Journal of Psychoanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29085056/moral-injury
#17
Mildred Antonelli
The devastating effect on the self of moral injury, often a core component of trauma, occurring when one's actions have profoundly violated one's code of ethics, when one has been a victim of such violation, or when one has been a passive witness, has been extensively explored as it has occurred in veterans of the wars in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. Two examples illustrate its prevalence in civilian life. The literature shows violation of expected empathy from and for others, inherent in our nature, is more devastating than violation of the ethical code of our culture or sub-culture, adherence to which becomes urgent as our need emerges to belong to the culture or subculture of which we are a part, values which often contradict our innate sense of "what is right...
December 2017: American Journal of Psychoanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29062132/some-paths-towards-psychotic-alienation
#18
Franco De Masi
In this paper I use the term alienation to describe the mind's detachment from psychic reality and its withdrawal into an alien world that leads to progressive dehumanization. In spite of this phenomenon having a psychodynamic nosography and descriptive models that effectively reveal it in detail, mental alienation is still mysterious and unsettling, especially when it manifests all of a sudden in clinical work. Alienating withdrawal into sensory fantasizing, which causes increasing loss of contact with human reality, is often preceded by a long period of time spent in a dissociated world that has gradually replaced psychic reality...
December 2017: American Journal of Psychoanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29062131/pierre-janet-and-auguste-forel-two-historical-contributions
#19
Marco Bacciagaluppi
This paper discusses two 19th century French-speaking authors, Pierre Janet and Auguste Forel, who both employed hypnosis and in various ways were early influences on psychoanalysis. To acquaint the reader with the clinical works of these pioneers, a long case history by Janet, and a case history by Forel are presented. The connections between these two authors and modern developments are discussed. Both historical figures were contemporaries of Freud and their at times contentious relationships became part of their legacy...
December 2017: American Journal of Psychoanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29062130/anti-semitism-and-xenophobia
#20
Ilany Kogan
This paper explores the link between anti-Semitism and xenophobia from a psychoanalytic prism. The author claims that anti-Semitism is a particular form of xenophobia directed against Jews, with some unique characteristics. She first introduces some basic notions about xenophobia, and then discusses the origins of anti-Semitism as they are viewed in early psychoanalytic thinking and in contemporary psychoanalysis. The article explores the nature of anti-Semitism in society today, and presents some reflections on the interplay between anti-Semitism and other kinds of xenophobia...
December 2017: American Journal of Psychoanalysis
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