The cartoon image of the bearded, ponderous analyst and his couch-bound patient is familiar to any New Yorker reader. But New School for Social Research professor of psychology Jeremy Safran’s new book Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Therapies (American Psychological Association Publications, 2012), seeks to complicate and contextualize this stereotyped notion.
Psychoanalysis was the dominant form of treatment for psychological problems until the early 1970’s,, says Safran. Since that time it has become increasingly marginalized and discredited in scientific circles and mainstream culture… This book was written remedy that situation and to provide a contemporary audience with a new way of thinking about psychoanalysis.,
Safran’s book explores the history of psychoanalysis and its origins in the late Austro-Hungarian Empire, tracing the practice through the 20th century. Along with examining the various politically progressive and culturally conservative strains that have developed in the field, Safran brings the conversation up to the present, with an exploration of the vital and constructive role that contemporary psychoanalytic developments can potentially have on the future of our healthcare system and culture.,
Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Therapies has garnered impressive advance praise from leading voices in the field including Peter Fonagy of University College London, who called it a masterpiece of integration between new and old; clinical and conceptual; and research with practice.,
The New School for Social Research will celebrate the release of Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Therapies on Thursday, April 19, with an in-depth conversation on the book. The free event takes place from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.