This book introduces the clinical concept of analytic contact. This is a term that describes the therapeutic method of investigation that makes up psychoanalytic treatment. The field has been in debate for decades regarding what constitutes psychoanalysis. This usually centers on theoretical ideals regarding analyzability, goals, or procedure and external criteria such as frequency or use of couch. Instead, the concept of analytic contact looks at what takes place with a patient in the clinical situation. Each chapter in this book follows a wide spectrum of cases and clinical situations where hard to reach patients are provided the best opportunity for health and healing through the establishment of analytic contact. This case material closely tracks each patient's phantasies, and transference mechanisms which work to either increase, oppose, embrace, or neutralize, analytic contact. In addition, the fundamental internal conflicts all patients struggle with between love, hate, and knowledge are represented by extensive case reports.

section I|81 pages

Analytic Contact

chapter Two|20 pages

A return to healing

chapter Three|18 pages

The technical value of analytic contact

chapter Four|19 pages

Redefining psychoanalysis

section II|61 pages

Knowledge, Repetition and Resolution

chapter Five|18 pages

Conflicts with knowledge

chapter Seven|23 pages

Fear of knowing and the desire for knowledge

section III|90 pages

Transference ↔ Counter-Transference Struggles

chapter Nine|20 pages

Separation, idealization and enactments

chapter Ten|27 pages

The evolution of projective identification

chapter Eleven|13 pages


chapter Twelve|4 pages