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.


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.




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.



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.



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.