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“The best simply got better. The first edition of this book was already quite simply the best introduction to psychoanalysis ever written and has been appropriately extremely popular with teachers and students alike. The thoroughly updated second edition retains all the powerful features of the first including its remarkable clarity and accessibility. The field will be greatly indebted to these authors for many years.”

–Peter Fonagy, University College London

A Short Introduction to Psychoanalysis offers a user-friendly introduction to arguably the most misunderstood of all the psychological therapies. This fully updated and revised Second Edition explains what psychoanalysis really is and provides the reader with an overview of its basic concepts, historical development, critiques and research base. Demonstrating the far reaching influence of psychoanalysis, the authors - all practicing psychoanalysts - describe how its concepts have been applied beyond the consulting room and examine its place within the spectrum of other psychological theories. The text is enlivened by numerous clinical examples.

New to this Edition:

Discusses parent infant psychotherapy and mentalization-based therapy (MBT); Further investigates psychotherapy in the NHS and the IAPT program, with more on the debate between CBT and analytic approaches; Includes more on dreaming and attachment theory, with added examples; Includes new research studies and addresses the new field of psychosocial studies

This down-to-earth guide provides the ideal ‘way-in’ to the subject for new trainees. For anyone thinking of becoming a psychoanalyst, the book also provides information on the training process and the structure of the profession.

Critiques of Psychoanalysis
Critiques of psychoanalysis

By its very nature, dealing as it does with the instinctual, the irrational and the ambiguous, psychoanalysis is subversive and shocking. While psychoanalysts must not complacently dismiss all challenges as ‘just defensive’ on the part of the challenger, if psychoanalysis were never criticised we would know it was dead. Neither should psychoanalysts seek acceptance by too much compromise and conformity. For example, the flourishing of a conservative brand of ego psychology in the American psychiatric establishment of the 1950s and 1960s perhaps inevitably set itself up for revisionist criticism (see Chapter 4). Psychoanalysis also runs into problems when, a victim of its own success, it becomes confused in the public's mind, as it is in the UK currently, with the ...

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