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What constitutes the patient in psychotherapy : alternative approaches to understanding humans /
Richard D. Chessick.
Northvale, N.J. : Jason Aronson, c1992.
xxi, 220 p. ; 24 cm.
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Northvale, N.J. : Jason Aronson, c1992.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 199-214) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1993-10:
Chessick, well qualified in psychoanalytic theory and already well known for his other books on psychotherapy, relates important writings of Continental philosophers to his clinical experience in order to present revolutionary new ideas for looking at the world and at humans. He provides readable, easily understood summaries of the ideas of such difficult and seminal thinkers as Heidegger, Foucault, Ricoeur, Lacan, Sartre, Husserl, and Merleau-Ponty. These ideas are interrelated with one another and with those of different psychoanalytic theorists to introduce us to a nonmechanistic, postmodern perspective on human subjectivity not amenable to study by classical or natural sciences methodology. This important and useful work forces us to think about what it means to be human and has significant implications for the mental health professions and their practice of psychotherapy. Readers will find expanded their views of patients, themselves, and the therapeutic process. Graduate through professional. J. R. Thompson; emeritus, Oberlin College
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Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments
Brief Overview
Science and the Modern World
Heideggerp. 1
Heidegger's Methodp. 2
Human Being and the Worldp. 3
Being and Timep. 5
"Existential Analytic"p. 8
The Fundamental Errorp. 8
Objections to Heidegger's Theoriesp. 10
Heidegger's Later Thoughtp. 11
Clinical Aspectsp. 15
Foucaultp. 19
General Approachp. 20
Findings from Archaeologyp. 21
First Conclusionsp. 24
What Is "Meaning" in the Human Sciences?p. 25
Findings from Genealogyp. 27
Summaryp. 29
Objectionsp. 29
Conclusionsp. 30
Foucault's Third Methodp. 35
Hermeneuticsp. 39
What is "Hermeneutics"?p. 39
The Development of Modern Hermeneuticsp. 42
Hans-Georg Gadamerp. 45
Conversation with Dr. Gadamerp. 51
Extensions of the Hermeneutic Approachp. 53
Hermeneutic Psychiatryp. 54
Ricoeurp. 59
Ricoeur's Use of Hermeneuticsp. 60
Ricoeur's View of Psychoanalysisp. 62
Ricoeur's General Conclusionsp. 64
Ricoeur on Freud's Early Writingsp. 66
Ricoeur on Freud's Later Writingsp. 68
Objections to Ricoeurp. 70
Lacanp. 73
Postmodernismp. 74
Background for Lacan Studyp. 75
Linguisticsp. 77
Lacan's Approachp. 79
Lacan's Reading of Freudp. 81
Lacanian Psychoanalysisp. 84
Lacan's Theory in Perspectivep. 87
Questionsp. 90
Sartrep. 95
Existential Psychoanalysisp. 97
Sartre's Later Psychological Viewsp. 99
Objections to Sartrep. 101
Sartre's Conclusions in Psychologyp. 103
Sartre's Philosophy: Recapitulationp. 105
The Intellectual and the Artistp. 106
R. D. Laingp. 109
Overview of Laing's Conceptsp. 111
The Schizoid Patientp. 113
The False Self System and Psychosisp. 116
Mystificationp. 117
Historical Background: The Selfp. 121
Lukacsp. 122
Patockap. 132
Unavoidable Philosophical Premisesp. 138
Languagep. 140
Precursors of Kohut's Ideasp. 141
Kohutp. 147
The Self and Its Developmentp. 148
The Treatment Processp. 151
Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis Comparedp. 155
Kohut's Conclusionsp. 157
Contributions from Infant Researchp. 159
Husserl and Merleau-Ponty: Phenomenologyp. 163
Phenomenology in Psychiatryp. 164
What Is Phenomenology?p. 165
Clinical Applicationsp. 168
Winnicott's Phenomenologyp. 173
Phenomenology in Infant Researchp. 175
The Phenomenology of Merleau-Pontyp. 177
Merleau-Ponty and Sartre Contrastedp. 179
Preoedipal Pathologyp. 181
Epiloguep. 183
The Death Instinctp. 183
Human Aggressionp. 186
Lacan's Concept of the Origin of Aggressionp. 187
Trilling's Opposition to the Postmodern Approachp. 188
Kohut's Concept of Aggressionp. 189
The Erasure of Humansp. 190
Solutionsp. 192
The Importance of Praxisp. 194
Can Human Aggression Be "Tamed"?p. 196
Referencesp. 199
Indexp. 215
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