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Textbook of Psychoanalysis

Textbook of Psychoanalysis, Second Edition

Edited by Glen O. Gabbard, M.D., Bonnie E. Litowitz, Ph.D., and Paul Williams, Ph.D.
2012
636 pages
ISBN 978-1-58562-410-2
Hardcover Also Available In: eBook
Item #62410



The second edition of this groundbreaking text represents a complete departure from the structure and format of its predecessor. Though still exhaustive in scope and designed to provide a knowledge base for a broad audience—from the beginning student to the seasoned analyst or academician—this revision emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of psychoanalytic thought and boldly focuses on current American psychoanalysis in all its conceptual and clinical diversity. This approach reflects the perspective of the two new co-editors, whose backgrounds in linguistics and social anthropology inform and enrich their clinical practice, and the six new section editors, who themselves reflect the diversity of backgrounds and thinking in contemporary American psychoanalysis.

The book begins with Freud and his circle, and the origins of psychoanalysis, and goes on to explore its development in the post-Freud era. This general introduction orients the reader and helps to contextualize the six sections that follow.


  • The most important tenets of psychoanalysis are defined and described in the “Core Concepts” section, including theories of motivation, unconscious processes, transference and countertransference, defense and resistance, and gender and sexuality). These eight chapters constitute an excellent introduction to the field of psychoanalysis.
  • The “Schools of Thought” section features chapters on the most influential theories—from object relations to self psychology, to attachment theory and relational psychoanalysis, and includes the contributions of Klein and Bion and of Lacan.
  • Rather than making developmental theory a separate section, as in the last edition, developmental themes now permeate the “Schools of Thought” section and illuminate other theories and topics throughout the edition.
  • Taking a more clinical turn, the “Treatment and Technique” section addresses critical subjects such as transference and countertransference; theories of therapeutic action; process, interpretation, and resistance, termination and reanalysis; combined psychoanalysis and psychopharmacotherapy, child analysis, ethics, and the relationship between psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychotherapy.
  • A substantive, utterly current, and meticulously referenced section on “Research” provides an in-depth discussion of outcome, process, and developmental research.
  • The section entitled “Psychoanalysis and Other Disciplines” takes the reader on a fascinating tour through the many fields that psychoanalysis has enriched and been enriched by, including the neurosciences, philosophy, anthropology, race/ethnicity, literature, visual arts, film, and music.
  • A comprehensive Glossary completes this indispensable text.

The Textbook of Psychoanalysis is the only comprehensive textbook of psychoanalysis available in the United States. This masterful revision will both instruct and engage those who are learning psychoanalysis, those who practice it, and those who apply its theories to related disciplines. Though always controversial, this model of the human psyche still provides the best and most comprehensive insight into human nature.

Preface. Section I: General Introduction. Freud and his circle. Psychoanalysis in North America after Freud. Section II: Core Concepts. Theories of motivation. Unconscious processes. Transference. Countertransference: an instrument of the analysis. Defense and resistance. Intersubjectivity. Childhood experiences and the adult world. Gender and sexuality. Section III: Schools of Thought. Classical psychoanalysis: past and present. Object relations. Klein and Bion. Self psychology. Relational psychoanalysis. Jacques Lacan. Infant research and adult psychotherapy. Section IV: Treatment and Technique. Transference, countertransference, and the real theories of therapeutic action and their clinical consequences. Process, resistance, and interpretation. Termination and reanalysis. Combining psychoanalysis and psychopharmacology: theory and technique. Technique in child analysis. Ethics in psychoanalysis. Psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychotherapy: historical development and present relationship. Section V: Research. Research on outcomes of psychoanalysis and psychoanalysis-derived psychotherapies. Psychoanalytic process research. Developmental research. Section VI: Psychoanalysis and Other Disciplines. Psychoanalysis and the neurosciences. Psychoanalysis and philosophy. Psychoanalysis and anthropology. Race, ethnicity, and nationality. Psychoanalysis and literature. Psychoanalysis and the visual arts. Psychoanalysis and film. Psychoanalysis and music. Glossary. Index.
"The second edition of this renowned textbook makes it even more secure in its place as the outstanding overview of American psychoanalysis. Each chapter is written by an expert in its area, and Gabbard, Litowitz and Williams have done a remarkable job in ensuring the combination of comprehensiveness, depth of understanding, and readability. The book is more than a textbook. It is the single most complete and authoritative presentation of psychodynamics and psychoanalysis available. Everyone should have it on hand."—Sydney E. Pulver, M.D., Training and Supervising Analyst, Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

"It is quite possible that if given a choice of only one volume with which to spend a summer on a deserted island, this would be the one I’d choose. The breadth of this compilation is tantamount to a summary text covering four years of analytic training seminars. It explores psychoanalysis’ roots, the history of its core concepts, both “old” and “new,” its emergent multiple schools of thought demonstrating their influence on both theory and technique, and finally the extraordinary importance of psychoanalysis to research, philosophy, gender studies, infant development and attachment theory, and finally, the arts. This book brings the psychoanalytic reader, whether neophyte or ancient traveler, up to date with many of the canon’s greatest ideas. In so doing, it is an indispensable teaching tool. Bravo Gabbard, Litowitz, and Williams!"—Philip A. Ringstrom, Ph.D., Psy.D., Training and Supervising Analyst at the Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, California.

"Philosopher of science Ludwi k Fleck classified the transmission of scientific knowledge into four types: journal science (shared by a professional group); handbook science (technical guides for carrying out practical procedures); popular science (for the general public); and textbook science (repositories of established current knowledge, used to teach and transmit that knowledge). Traditionally, textbooks have played a lesser role in psychoanalytic training as transmitters or encoders of the field's received wisdom than they have in other clinical fields. However, this volume will be an exception. The breadth of its subject matter and the diversity of backgrounds of its contributors not only captures but significantly expands the body of accepted psychoanalytic knowledge. It is not a volume to be kept on the shelf but deserves a place chairside for every psychoanalytic clinician, researcher, and contributor. Congratulations to the editors for their achievement."—Arnold Richards, M.D., Training and Supervising Analyst, New York Psychoanalytic Institute

Stuart Ablon, Ph.D.
Lewis Aron, Ph.D.
Martin S. Bergmann
Jeanne Wolff Bernstein, Ph.D.
Peter M. Bookstein, M.D.
Ronald Britton, M.D.
Lawrence J. Brown, Ph.D.
Deborah L. Cabaniss, M.D.
Daria Colombo, M.D.
Steven H. Cooper, Ph.D.
Muriel Dimen, Ph.D.
Morris N. Eagle, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.
Peter Fonagy, Ph.D., F.B.A.
Glen O. Gabbard, M.D.
Karen Gilmore, M.D.
Peter Goldberg, Ph.D.
Steven H. Goldberg, M.D.
Virginia Goldner, Ph.D.
Richard M. Gottlieb, M.D.
Jay Greenberg, Ph.D.
Adrienne Harris, Ph.D.
Alexandra Murray Harrison, M.D.
Edward T. Kenny, M.D.
Waud H. Kracke, Ph.D.
Andreas K. Kraebber, M.D.
Anton O. Kris, M.D.
Lucy LaFarge, M.D.
Jonathan Lear, Ph.D.
Maria L. Lechich, Ph.D.
Raymond A. Levy, Psy.D.
Bonnie E. Litowitz, Ph.D.
Patrick Luyten, Ph.D.
Linda C. Mayes, M.D.
Robert Michels, M.D.
David D. Olds, M.D.
Jeffrey Prager, Ph.D.
Steven P. Roose, M.D.
Michael Rustin, M.A. (Oxon)
Bret R. Rutherford, M.D.
Andrea Sabbadini, M.A., C.Psychol.
Rolf Sandell, Ph.D.
Stephen Seligman, D.M.H.
Lotte Smith-Hansen, Ph.D.
Charles Spezzano, Ph.D.
Ellen Handler Spitz, Ph.D.
Madelon Sprengnether, Ph.D.
Alexander Stein, Ph.D.
Mary Target, Ph.D.
David M. Terman, M.D.
Robert S. Wallerstein, M.D.
Ernest Wallwork, Ph.D.
Paul Williams, Ph.D.
Judith A. Yanof, M.D.
Richard B. Zimmer, M.D.
Glen O. Gabbard, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York; Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas; and Training and Supervising Analyst at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in Houston, Texas.

Bonnie E. Litowitz, Ph.D.,
is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Rush Medical School and is also on the faculty at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis.

Paul Williams, Ph.D., is a training and supervising analyst with the British Psychoanalytical Society.