Psychoanalysis is often referred to a talking cure, but in this fascinating book it is the art of writing that is discussed and explored.

Including contributions from a selection of leading therapists, the book shines a psychoanalytic light on the very process through which the discipline is described. It includes chapters on the idea of creativity, the issues around a therapist’s subjectivity, the challenges of describing trauma, as well as those of co-authorship.

Psychodynamics of Writing will appeal to clinicians, therapists and anyone interested in what the process of writing means.

chapter |5 pages


chapter 1|11 pages

On writing

Notes from an attachment-informed psychotherapist

chapter 2|12 pages

Finding a creative writing space

chapter 4|10 pages

Becoming an author

chapter 5|13 pages

Mad desire and feverish melancholy

Reflections on the psychodynamics of academic writing

chapter 7|9 pages

The transformative other

Some thoughts on the psychodynamics of co-authorship

chapter 8|12 pages

The writer in the archives

Trauma, empathy, ambivalence

chapter 9|10 pages

An I for an I

The construction of a written self

chapter 10|16 pages

Configuring words

chapter 11|9 pages

Writing as rebellion

chapter 12|12 pages

Raiding the inarticulate

The clinical case study and the representation of trauma