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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.

Psychoanalysis and the Psychotherapies
Psychoanalysis and the psychotherapies

Since psychoanalysis began a bewildering variety of different psychotherapies has appeared and, especially since the 1970s, there has been a huge diversification of labelled therapeutic approaches. Close scrutiny however reveals that their different names often represent different ‘brands’ within quite a limited range of basic types. Small disagreements over theory or technique have sometimes led a particular individual to break away from their parent organisation and found a new school of therapy, with a different name and a different theoretical language (see Chapter 4). New schools have also been founded by individuals who integrate different approaches, as with cognitive analytic therapy (CAT) described below. In addition, existing therapies continue to evolve over time.

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