NEW ACQUISITIONS

The Betty Golde Smith Library

David Bachman, Librarian

These new additions to the Betty Golde Smith Library collection were selected by the Library Committee to support the educational programs and research interests of Institute Faculty and Students.  These books are also available as in-library reference materials for those members of the general public with interest in psychoanalytic topics.

May 2017

GenderPLEASE SELECT YOUR GENDER – PATRICIA GHEROVICI

Utilizing rich clinical vignettes and elements of Lacanian theory, Patricia Gherovici demonstrates how the transgender discourse has both reoriented psychoanalytic practice and reframed debates about gender in American society at large. She traverses historical, theoretical, and clinical grounds to explore what has been termed the “democratizing of gender” – for what could be more democratic than the choice of one’s own gender, now able to be changed on demand?

Arguing for the depathologization of transgenderism, Please Select Your Gender aims to revise current notions of human sexuality in general. In doing so, it challenges the theory and practice of psychoanalysis with questions typically addressed only indirectly, but which are themselves transforming how analysis is done, advancing new ideas for the clinic that can be extrapolated to social and intellectual contexts in an effort to engage the broader dialogues of gender and sexuality.

 

 

 

Possible ProfessionTHE POSSIBLE PROFESSION: THE ANALYTIC PROCESS OF CHANGE – THEODORE J. JACOBS

   The Possible Profession: The Analytic Process of Change takes a fresh look at the many forms of unconscious communication that take place in the analytic situation. Bringing together two decades of the author’s previous writing as well as a considerable amount of new material, this book addresses a major contemporary issue in the field of psychoanalysis.

This book explores forms of unconscious communication as the author has encountered them in clinical work. Chapters cover a variety of topics with a central focus on: the relationship between the inner worlds of patient and analyst; the interplay between these intrapsychic forces; and how this interaction affects the analytic process and, more specifically, the therapeutic action of psychoanalysis.

 

 

 

HoldingHOLDING AND PSYCHOANALYSIS: A RELATIONAL PERSPECTIVE – JOYCE SLOCHOWER

In Holding and Psychoanalysis: A Relational Perspective (second Edition), Joyce Slochower brings a contemporary relational framework to bear on Winnicott’s notion of the holding environment. Revisiting the clinical impact and theoretical underpinnings of holding, Slochower explores its function in those moments when “ordinary” interpretive or interactive work cannot be tolerated. Slochower expands the holding construct beyond the needs of dependent patients by examining its therapeutic function across the clinical spectrum. Emphasizing holding’s co-constructed nature, Slochower explores the contribution of both patient and analyst the holding moment.

This second Edition introduces new theoretical and clinical material, including four additional chapters. Two of these address holding’s impact on the patient’s capacity to access, articulate and process affect states; the third moves outside the consulting room to explore how holding functions in acts of memorial ritual across the lifespan. A final chapter presents Slochower’s latest ideas about holding’s clinical function in buffering shame states.

 

Parts Left OutTHE PARTS LEFT OUT – THOMAS H. OGDEN

The Parts Left Out is a suspenseful story of a poor Kansas wheat-farming family in which each generation holds the next in its deadly grip until murderous opposition explodes. The beautifully drawn characters, all sympathetic in their own ways, are determined to escape the fate that has been dealt them, and some seem close to doing so.

“Not only is [Thomas Ogden] the most creative psychoanalytic author writing today, but in this novel he shows himself to be a wonderful teller of tales. The Parts Left Out is an auspicious achievement. As a work of fiction it succeeds in accomplishing the most difficult of feats: to be both a spellbinder and an in-depth exploration of human traits that bring on unspeakable tragedy. Tom Ogden knows the human mind as few do. In The Parts Left Out he demonstrates his remarkable understanding not only of the mind, but of the human heart as well.” (Theodore Jacobs Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association)

 

 

 

March 2017

Good StuffGOOD STUFF – SALMAN AKHTAR

Salman Akhtar’s Good Stuff is divided into two main parts; Part I addresses Positive Attributes and Part II, Positive Actions. The former contains chapters on Courage, Resilience, and Gratitude. The latter contains chapters on Generosity, Forgiveness, and Sacrifice. Together, the six chapters constitute a harmonious gestalt of the relational scenarios that assure enrichment of human experience. This book offers socio-clinical meditations to temper Freud’s view that human beings are essentially ‘bad’ and whatever goodness they can muster is largely defensive. By elucidating the origins, dynamics, social pleasures, and clinical benefits of courage, resilience, gratitude, generosity, forgiveness, and sacrifice, this book sheds light on a corner of human experience that has remained inadequately understood by psychoanalysts and other mental health professionals.

 

 

   Cupid's KnifeCUPID’S KNIFE – ABBY STEIN

In Cupid’s Knife, Abby Stein shows that although a number of psychological processes that contribute to the intractability of abusive relationships have been identified – such as trauma bonding and learned helplessness – their recognition has offered no clinical pathway out of the abyss. Stein suggests that our attention to other aspects of the internal world, the relational framework, and the cultural context in which both operate, may be more useful than current interventions in determining individual treatments that break the oft-cited ‘cycle of violence’. More globally, Cupid’s Knife: Women’s Anger and Agency in Violent Relationships jumpstarts a provocative conversation about how female aggression can be repurposed as a catalyst for social change. It will be essential reading for psychoanalysts, psychologists, psychiatrists, sociologists, criminologists, students and the lay reader with an interest in clinical treatment, interpersonal psychoanalysis, domestic violence, gender roles, dissociation and aggression.

 

Facing CancerFACING CANCER AND THE FEAR OF DEATH – NORMAN STRAKER

Contents: Where we are now : the avoidance of death, its consequences to our patients, families, medical students, young physicians / Norman Straker — A psycho oncology fellow’s perspective on facing death / David Yuppa & Norman Straker — Confronting the fear of death : trying to detoxify / Norman Straker — Two memoirs / Dan Birger, Hillel Swiller — The denial of death by psychoanalysts / Norman Straker — Finding meaning in death : terror management among the terminally ill / Molly Maxfield, Tom Pyszczynski & Sheldon Solomon — The psychoanalytic literature on the treatment of dying patients / Norman Straker — An update in the psychoanalytic treatment of cancer patients facing death / Norman Straker — “”That the darkness is about to pass”” the treatment of a dying patient / Abby Adams Silvan — Guidelines to live by and rules to break / John W. Barnhill — “Titration of psychotherapy for patient and analyst” / Alison C. Phillips — Psychotherapy with a hospitalized patient dying of cancer / Philip Luber — Being a cancer patient in analysis, while continuing to work as an analyst / Patricia Plopa.

 

On the MoveON THE MOVE: A LIFE – OLIVER SACKS

When Oliver Sacks was twelve years old, a perceptive schoolmaster wrote: “Sacks will go far, if he does not go too far.” It is now abundantly clear that Sacks has never stopped going. With unbridled honesty and humor, Sacks writes about the passions that have driven his life—from motorcycles and weight lifting to neurology and poetry. He writes about his love affairs, both romantic and intellectual; his guilt over leaving his family to come to America; his bond with his schizophrenic brother; and the writers and scientists—W. H. Auden, Gerald M. Edelman, Francis Crick—who have influenced his work. On the Move is the story of a brilliantly unconventional physician and writer, a man who has illuminated the many ways that the brain makes us human.