A Clinical Introduction to Lacanian Psychoanalysis: Theory and Technique

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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, which therapeutic stance to adopt, how to involve the patient, and how to bring about change.

A Clinical Introduction to Lacanian Psychoanalysis: Theory and Technique


5 Comments

  1. Anonymous said,

    Wrote on September 1, 2010 @ 12:02 am

    My familiarity with the language of psychoanalysis has come primarily through its usage by post-structural and feminist theorists. Reading this text has been like discovering a rosetta stone. The clinical examples that Fink uses has put flesh, so to speak, on some difficult and disembodied ideas with which I have previously struggled. Politically I find myself at great odds with Fink’s forays into social commentary, but even this has been incredibly instructive.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. Anonymous said,

    Wrote on September 1, 2010 @ 2:40 am

    It is the first time ,in my opinion,that an ambitious attempt to approach a “difficult”discourse achieves its aim :to develop in a brief and explicit way without any extravagant simplifications a theoritical laying concerning the function of human psychic apparatus.The detailed footnotes and the lucid bibliography form one more advantage of the book. In short,although this could be characterised as an unusual attempt for the American psychoanalytic scheming ,the overall outcome is enviable. Alkis Melidoniotis,MD Department of Psychiatry Naval Hospital of Crete Greece
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. Darth Vader said,

    Wrote on September 1, 2010 @ 3:04 am

    “A Clinical Introduction to Lacanian Psychoanalysis” is a much more accessible book that its factual title implies. Author Bruce Fink does an admirable job of presenting the thought of Jacques Lacan, a French “poststructuralist” who built his theory on the work of Freud. After reading Fink on Lacan, I wondered if Lacan himself was ever as accessible. What makes this book so comprehensible is that Fink bases his discussion on Lacan’s own admirably simple schemata of the varieties of mental disorders. At the same time, Fink understands and explains those cultural tendencies in the thought of Lacan that might put off an English-speaking reader. And Fink’s writing style is nothing short of clear. His discussion of Freud’s “Rat man” case is an excellent introduction to Freud’s clinical style. In short, “Clinical Introduction” is a highly attractive book whose success both enhanced, in my eyes, the reputation of Lacan, a tough French thinker, and, through the example of Fink, showed Anglo-American appreciation of Continental thought at its sensitive best.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. Anonymous said,

    Wrote on September 1, 2010 @ 5:59 am

    It is the first time ,in my opinion,that an ambitious attempt to approach a “difficult”discourse achieves its aim :to develop in a brief and explicit way without any extravagant simplifications a theoritical laying concerning the function of human psychic apparatus.The detailed footnotes and the lucid bibliography form one more advantage of the book. In short,although this could be characterised as an unusual attempt for the American psychoanalytic scheming ,the overall outcome is enviable. Alkis Melidoniotis,MD Department of Psychiatry Naval Hospital of Crete Greece
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. Lost Lacanian said,

    Wrote on September 1, 2010 @ 7:32 am

    Along with his book “The Lacanian Subject,” this book of Fink’s is THE best introduction for the English reader. To be sure, this book does not present the entire Lacanian project, but that is not its intention. Rather, Fink is trying to give the reader a basis with which s/he can go to the Seminars of Lacan. Indeed, it effectively accomplishes just this! For me, the highlight of this book is how it presents Lacan in his relation to Freud. By doing this, we get a very good look at what Lacan meant by performing his now famous “Return to Freud.” To get a good introductory handle on Lacan, one MUST read these two books by Fink!

    Rating: 5 / 5

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