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Textbook of Psychoanalysis, Third Edition

Edited by Glen O. Gabbard, M.D., Bonnie E. Litowitz, Ph.D., and Paul Williams, Ph.D.

  • 2024
  • 464 Pages
  • ISBN 978-1-61537-485-4
  • Item #37485

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Psychoanalysis is no stranger to evolution, but even for a field as accustomed to transformation as it is, the last several years have seen a profound shift in its practice—not least because of COVID-19 and social and cultural factors.

Whether those changes are permanent remains to be seen, but this third edition of the Textbook of Psychoanalysis addresses them head-on. Its first section includes not only how the pandemic has affected psychoanalysis but also how racial and ethnic tensions, redefined gender and sexual identities, and the effects of climate change have affected both the psychoanalyst and the patient, as well as the relationship between the two.

In subsequent sections, more than 40 contributors bring their expertise to bear as they discuss

  • Diverse schools of thought, including object relations theory, self psychology, interpersonal psychoanalysis, and contemporary field theory
  • Core concepts, such as the role of the unconscious in psychoanalytic discourse; transference, countertransference, and enactment; and contemporary theories of unrepresented states
  • Techniques and approaches that include child analysis, the integration of psychoanalysis and pharmacotherapy, and the place of ethics in psychoanalysis
  • Research, including psychoanalytic process research, developmental research, and neuroscience research

This volume's editors, in the Introduction, confess that none of us can predict the outcome of the changes that psychoanalysis—and, indeed, society—is facing. But, as another contributor later points out, psychoanalysis is a profession centrally concerned with what is not known and, therefore, may have a critical role to play in uncertain, extraordinary times.

With this new edition of the Textbook of Psychoanalysis, readers will have a firm foundation in psychoanalytic thought and practice from which to tackle today's—and tomorrow's—myriad unknowns.


  • Section I: Treatment in Unprecedented Times
  • Chapter 1. The Psychoanalytic Frame: Before and After COVID
  • Chapter 2. Race and Ethnicity
  • Chapter 3. Gender and Sexuality in Post-Binary Times
  • Chapter 4. Psychoanalysis and Climate Change
  • Section II: Schools of Thought
  • Chapter 5. Ego Psychology: Contemporary Freudian Psychoanalysis
  • Chapter 6. Object Relations Theory and the Role of Winnicott
  • Chapter 7. Kleinian and Post-Kleinian Psychoanalysis
  • Chapter 8. Bion
  • Chapter 9. Self Psychology
  • Chapter 10. Interpersonal Psychoanalysis
  • Chapter 11. Relational Psychoanalysis
  • Chapter 12. Contemporary Field Theory
  • Chapter 13. Jacques Lacan
  • Section III: Core Concepts and Technique
  • Chapter 14. The Evolution of the Unconscious in Psychoanalytic Thought
  • Chapter 15. Contemporary Theories of Unrepresented States
  • Chapter 16. Transference, Countertransference, and Enactment
  • Chapter 17. Therapeutic Change
  • Chapter 18. Termination
  • Chapter 19. Child Analysis
  • Chapter 20. Psychopharmacology and Psychoanalysis
  • Chapter 21. Ethics as Psychoanalytic Practice
  • Chapter 22. Clinical Consequences of Trauma and Dissociation
  • Chapter 23. Adjusting the Treatment to the Person
  • Chapter 24. Defense, Resistance, and Projective Identification
  • Section IV: Research
  • Chapter 25. Research on Outcomes
  • Chapter 26. Psychoanalytic Process Research
  • Chapter 27. Developmental Research
  • Chapter 28. Neuroscience Research


    Katie Aafjes-van Doorn, D.Clin.Psy.
    Jan Abram, Ph.D.
    John Azer, M.D.
    Rodrigo Barahona, Psya.D.
    Jacques P. Barber, Ph.D.
    Anthony Bass, Ph.D.
    Jeanne Wolff Bernstein, Ph.D.
    Paul M. Brinich, Ph.D.
    Ronald Britton, M.D.
    Giuseppe Civitarese, M.D., Ph.D.
    Amy Schwartz Cooney, Ph.D.
    Karim G. Dajani, Psy.D.
    Martin Debbane, Ph.D.
    Ann D'Ercole, Ph.D.
    Jack Drescher, M.D.
    Peter Fonagy, Ph.D.
    Glen O. Gabbard, M.D.
    Karen J. Gilmore, M.D.
    Jay Greenberg, Ph.D.
    Adrienne Harris, Ph.D.
    Nikolas Heim, M.Sc., M.A.
    Mary Hepworth, Ph.D.
    R.D. Hinshelwood, M.B., B.S.
    Sarah J. Horne, M.A.
    Elizabeth F. Howell, Ph.D.
    Sheldon Itzkowitz, Ph.D.
    Judy L. Kantrowitz, Ph.D.
    Jane V. Kite, Ph.D.
    Falk Leichsenring, D.Sc.
    Bonnie E. Litowitz, Ph.D.
    Luyten, Ph.D.
    Saskia Malcorps, M.Sc.
    Linda C. Mayes, M.D.
    Nancy McWilliams, Ph.D.
    David Mintz, M.D.
    Jyoti M. Rao, L.M.F.T.
    Christiane Steinert, Ph.D.
    Donnel B. Stern, Ph.D.
    David M. Terman, M.D.
    Karyn Todes, Ph.D.
    Pratyusha Tummala-Narra, Ph.D.
    Paul Williams, Ph.D.

About the Authors

Glen O. Gabbard, M.D., is Brown Foundation Chair of Psychoanalysis and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine and Training and Supervising Analyst at Houston-Galveston Psychoanalytic Institute in Houston, Texas.

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

Paul Williams, Ph.D., is Training and Supervising Analyst at the British Psychoanalytical Society in London, United Kingdom.

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