Books

The Legacy of Sandor Ferenczi: From ghost to ancestor (Routledge, 2015)

Winner of the 2016 Gradiva Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP) for the best edited psychoanalytic book of the year.

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The Legacy of Sándor Ferenczi, first published in 1993 and edited by Lewis Aron and Adrienne Harris, was one of the first books to examine Ferenczi’s invaluable contributions to psychoanalysis and his continuing influence on contemporary clinicians and scholars. Building on that pioneering work, The Legacy of Sándor Ferenczi: From Ghost to Ancestor brings together leading international Ferenczi scholars to report on previously unavailable data about Ferenczi and his professional descendants.

Many—including Sigmund Freud himself—considered Sándor Ferenczi to be Freud’s most gifted patient and protégé. For a large part of his career, Ferenczi was almost as well known, influential, and sought after as a psychoanalyst, teacher and lecturer as Freud himself. Later, irreconcilable differences between Freud, his followers and Ferenzi meant that many of his writings were withheld from translation or otherwise stifled, and he was accused of being mentally ill and shunned. In this book, Harris and Kuchuck explore how newly discovered historical and theoretical material has returned Ferenczi to a place of theoretical legitimacy and prominence. His work continues to influence both psychoanalytic theory and practice, and covers many major contemporary psychoanalytic topics such as process, metapsychology, character structure, trauma, sexuality, and social and progressive aspects of psychoanalytic work.

 

Clinical Implications of the Psychoanalyst’s Life Experience: When the Personal Becomes Professional (Routledge, 2014)

Winner of the 2015 Gradiva Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP) for the best edited psychoanalytic book of the year.

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Steven Kuchuck Clinical Implications

Clinical Implications of the Psychoanalyst’s Life Experience explores how leaders in the fields of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy address the phenomena of the psychoanalyst’s personal life and psychology. In this edited book, each author describes pivotal childhood and adult life events and crises that have contributed to personality formation, personal and professional functioning, choices of theoretical positions, and clinical technique.

By expanding psychoanalytic study beyond clinical theory and technique to include a more careful examination of the psychoanalyst’s life events and other subjective phenomena, readers will have an opportunity to focus on specific ways in which these events and crises affect the tenor of the therapist’s presence in the consulting room, and how these occurrences affect clinical choices. Chapters cover a broad range of topics including illness, adoption, sexual identity and experience, trauma, surviving the death of one’s own analyst, working during 9/11, cross cultural issues, growing up in a communist household, and other family dynamics.

Upcoming Presentations

September 29th, 2018 New Haven Division 39 Chapter
All Day Presentation—More information to follow

November 10th, 2018 All-day Seminar: Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center Keeping Our Work Alive Seminar Series. More information to follow

November 18th, 2018 Into the Mind of the Psychoanalytic Therapist: When the Personal Becomes Professional. Presentation to the New York State Society of Clinical Social Workers Committee on Psychoanalysis. More information to follow.

March 28th-31st, 2019 Plenary speaker at the 2019 conference of the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work (AAPCSW) -- Intrigue, Insight, Inquiry: Through Today's Psychoanalytic Lens. Durham Marriott City/Durham Convention Center, Durham, North Carolina. More information to follow.