A Clinical Introduction to Lacanian Psychoanalysis: Theory and Technique

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Harvard University Press, Jun 1, 2009 - Psychology - 318 pages
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"The goal of my teaching has always been, and remains, to train analysts." --Jacques Lacan, Seminar XI, 209

Arguably the most profound psychoanalytic thinker since Freud, and deeply influential in many fields, Jacques Lacan often seems opaque to those he most wanted to reach. These are the readers Bruce Fink addresses in this clear and practical account of Lacan's highly original approach to therapy. Written by a clinician for clinicians, Fink's "Introduction" is an invaluable guide to Lacanian psychoanalysis, how it's done, and how it differs from other forms of therapy. While elucidating many of Lacan's theoretical notions, the book does so from the perspective of the practitioner faced with the pressing questions of diagnosis, what therapeutic stance to adopt, how to involve the patient, and how to bring about change.

Fink provides a comprehensive overview of Lacanian analysis, explaining the analyst's aims and interventions at each point in the treatment. He uses four case studies to elucidate Lacan's unique structural approach to diagnosis. These cases, taking up both theoretical and clinical issues in Lacan's views of psychosis, perversion, and neurosis, highlight the very different approaches to treatment that different situations demand.

 

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Contents

DESIRE IN ANALYSIS
3
ENGAGING THE PATIENT IN THE THERAPEUTIC PROCESS
11
THE ANALYTIC RELATIONSHIP
28
INTERPRETATION OPENING UP THE SPACE OF DESIRE
42
THE DIALECTIC OF DESIRE
50
DIAGNOSIS AND THE POSITIONING OF THE ANALYST
73
A LACANIAN APPROACH TO DIAGNOSIS
75
PSYCHOSIS
79
PERVERSION
165
PSYCHOANALYTIC TECHNIQUE BEYOND DESIRE
203
FROM DESIRE TO JOUISSANCE
205
AFTERWORD
218
A NOTE ON DOCUMENTATION
223
NOTES
224
RECOMMENDED READING
280
INDEX
289

NEUROSIS
112

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Bruce Fink is Professor of Psychology at Duquesne University and a practicing psychoanalyst. He is the author of The Lacanian Subject: Between Language and Jouissance, the coeditor of two collections of papers on Jacques Lacan, and the translator of Lacan's Seminar XX, Seminar VIII,and Ecrits (new complete edition).

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