Toward an Emancipatory Psychoanalysis: Brandchaft’s Intersubjective Vision (Psychoanalytic Inquiry Book Series)

Toward an Emancipatory Psychoanalysis: Brandchaft’s Intersubjective Vision (Psychoanalytic Inquiry Book Series)

Best known for his contributions to the development of contemporary intersubjectivity theory, Bernard Brandchaft has dedicated a career to the advancement of psychoanalytic theory and practice. Continually searching for a theoretical viewpoint that would satisfactorily explain the clinical phenomena he was encountering, his curiosity eventually led him to the work of Heinz Kohut and the then-emerging school of self psychology. However, seemingly always one step ahead of the crowd, Brandchaft constantly reformulated his ideas about and investigations into the intersubjective nature of human experiences.

Many of the chapters in this volume have never before been published. Together, they articulate the evolution of Brandchaft’s thinking along the road toward an emancipatory psychoanalysis. Moreover, commentary from Shelley Doctors and Dorienne Sorter – in addition to Bernard Brandchaft himself – examines the clinical implications of the theoretical shifts that he advocated and provides a contemporary context for the case material and conclusions each paper presents. These theoretical shifts, both clear and subtle, are thereby elucidated to form the grand narrative of a truly visionary psychoanalytic thinker.

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  1. Christopher Dorn said,

    Wrote on January 10, 2012 @ 6:48 pm

    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
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    Introducing Bernard Brandschaft, December 9, 2010
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    Christopher Dorn (Milwaukee, WI USA) –
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    As a non-specialist who nonetheless has sought to educate himself about developments in the tradition of psychoanalysis, I was very pleased to have made the discovery of the theorist featured in this volume, Bernard Brandschaft. The work is actually a collaborative project undertaken by Brandschaft himself and two of his admiring students, Shelley Doctors and Dorienne Sortor. These two provide a comprehensive introduction to Brandschaft’s distinctive contributions to psychoanalysis over a long and productive career. They supplement their introduction by commentaries that give an overview of each of the chapters, which consist of papers, arranged chronologically, presented by Brandschaft at conferences. The book concludes with a thoughtful retrospective.

    The concept for which Brandschaft is perhaps best known in the world of psychoanalysis is that of “systems of pathologial accomodation.” In our need to maintain attachment relationships with our caregivers, we adjust to their needs and expectations at the cost of authentic self experience, which our caregivers have difficulty in recognizing and validating, usually due to relational trauma suffered at the hands of their own caregivers. As the case studies abundantly illustrate, this process becomes a self-defeating pattern that impairs our ability later in life to form relationships and to live a “life of our own.” “Emancipatory psychoanalysis” attends carefully to the origins of these systems with the goal of liberating patients from them.

    In a time when a psychopharmacological approach to psychic distress is the default option, it is good to see a strong case made for the indispensability of human relationships to psychological integrity and well-being. Anyone interested in contemporary psychoanalysis should become familiar with the work of Bernard Brandschaft represented in this book.

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  2. Franco Paparo said,

    Wrote on January 10, 2012 @ 6:53 pm

    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The most relevant and usefu book in psychoanalisys in the last 10 vears, January 1, 2011
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    I am an admirer and personal friend od Bernie Brandshaft and having read 100 page of his last book in 3 days (I received it a few days before) I am so enthusiast about it that I am determined to find an Italian Publisher to publish it in Italian (I have been the main traslator of Heinz Kohut’s books into Italian).
    I think what I have written is enough to show my enthusiasm and admiration for the .book

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