In Debating Relational Psychoanalysis, Jon Mills provides an historical record of the debates that had taken place for nearly two decades on his critique of the relational school, including responses from his critics.

Since he initiated his critique, relational psychoanalysis has become an international phenomenon with proponents worldwide. This book hopes that further dialogue may not only lead to conciliation, but more optimistically, that relational theory may be inspired to improve upon its theoretical edifice, both conceptually and clinically, as well as develop technical parameters to praxis that help guide and train new clinicians to sharpen their own theoretical orientation and therapeutic efficacy. Because of the public exchanges in writing and at professional symposiums, these debates have historical significance in the development of the psychoanalytic movement as a whole simply due to their contentiousness and proclivity to question cherished assumptions, both old and new. In presenting this collection of his work, and those responses of his critics, Mills argues that psychoanalysis may only advance through critique and creative refinement, and this requires a deconstructive praxis within the relational school itself.

Debating Relational Psychoanalysis will be of interest to psychoanalysts of all orientations, psychotherapists, mental health workers, psychoanalytic historians, philosophical psychologists, and the broad disciplines of humanistic, phenomenological, existential, and analytical psychology.

chapter |16 pages

Introduction(Re)visioning relational psychoanalysis

ByJon Mills

chapter 1|39 pages

A critique of relational psychoanalysis

ByJon Mills

chapter 2|6 pages

Contextualizing is not nullifying

Reply to Mills
ByRobert D. Stolorow, George E. Atwood, Donna M. Orange

chapter 3|4 pages

Assertions of therapeutic excess

A reply to Mills
ByMarilyn S. Jacobs

chapter 4|5 pages

“Neither fish nor flesh”

Commentary on Jon Mills
ByStuart A. Pizer

chapter 5|13 pages

A response to my critics

ByJon Mills

chapter 6|13 pages

Conundrums: A critique of contemporary psychoanalysis

Interview on New Books in Psychoanalysis
ByJon Mills, Tracy D. Morgan

chapter 7|17 pages

Fine-tuning problems in relational psychoanalysis

New directions in theory and praxis
ByJon Mills

chapter 8|4 pages

Introduction to the relational approach and its critics

A conference with Dr. Jon Mills
ByAner Govrin

chapter 9|22 pages

Challenging relational psychoanalysis

A critique of postmodernism and analyst self-disclosure
ByJon Mills

chapter 10|4 pages

Straw men, stereotypes and constructive dialogue

A response to Mills’ criticism of the relational approach
ByChana Ullman

chapter 11|5 pages

On multiple epistemologies in theory and practice

A response to Jon Mills’ critique of the postmodern turn in relational psychoanalysis
ByShlomit Yadlin-Gadot

chapter 12|3 pages

Relational psychoanalysis and the concepts of truth and meaning

Response to Jon Mills
ByBoaz Shalgi

chapter 13|6 pages

Projective identification and relatedness

A Kleinian perspective
ByMerav Roth

chapter 14|7 pages

Psychoanalysis and postmodernism

A response to Dr. Jon Mills’ “Challenging relational psychoanalysis: A critique of postmodernism and analyst self-disclosure”
ByLiran Razinsky

chapter 15|12 pages

Relational psychoanalysis out of context

Response to Jon Mills 1
BySteven Kuchuck, Rachel Sopher

chapter 16|7 pages

Challenging relational psychoanalysis

A reply to my critics
ByJon Mills