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Psychoanalysis : A Critical Introduction

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Psychoanalysis: A Critical Introduction is a clearly written and accessible introduction to the main schools of psychoanalysis and the practice of psychotherapy. Unusually, it is written by an academic sociologist specializing in social theory who is also a practising psychotherapist. Craib emphasizes the complexity of psychoanalysis ---- an approach that works at many different levels. The unique contribution of this perspective is to understand the creativity of the individual. Psychoanalyis is less about a curinga mental illness or making people happy, Craib suggests, and more about the understanding of individual lives and about the importance of thinking as well as feeling. Craib argues that psychoanalysis is a depth psychology and a developmental psychology, as well as enabling an understanding of everyday feelings and thoughts. He explores the work of Freud, Klein, Lacan, the object--relations theorists, attachment theory and American self psychology, and feminist developments of Freuda s work.
In the final section he offers an account of psychoanalytic practice as a way of opening up a life and allowing it to develop in different directions, and of enabling people to deal with the inevitable failures, contradictions and disappointments of being alive. This fascinating book will bridge the gap between academic textbooks on psychoanalysis and the books written primarily for those training in the field. It will be of major interest to students of psychology, social psychology, sociology and social theory, as well as to psychoanalytic practitioners
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  • Hardback | 248 pages
  • 156 x 236 x 23mm | 492g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0
  • 0745619789
  • 9780745619781

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Psychoanalysis: A Critical Introduction is a clearly writtenand accessible introduction to the main schools of psychoanalysisand the practice of psychotherapy. Unusually, it is written by anacademic sociologist specializing in social theory who is also apractising psychotherapist. Craib emphasizes the complexity ofpsychoanalysis -- an approach that works at many different levels.The unique contribution of this perspective is to understand thecreativity of the individual. Psychoanalyis is less about 'curing'mental illness or making people happy, Craib suggests, and moreabout the understanding of individual lives and about theimportance of thinking as well as feeling.


Craib argues that psychoanalysis is a depth psychology and adevelopmental psychology, as well as enabling an understanding ofeveryday feelings and thoughts. He explores the work of Freud, Klein, Lacan, the object-relations theorists, attachment theory andAmerican self psychology, and feminist developments of Freud'swork. In the final section he offers an account of psychoanalyticpractice as a way of opening up a life and allowing it to developin different directions, and of enabling people to deal with theinevitable failures, contradictions and disappointments of beingalive.


This fascinating book will bridge the gap between academictextbooks on psychoanalysis and the books written primarily forthose training in the field. It will be of major interest tostudents of psychology, social psychology, sociology and socialtheory, as well as to psychoanalytic practitioners
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Table of contents

Preface. Acknowledgments. Chapter 1: Introduction. PART I THE FOUNDATIONS. Chapter 2: The Unconscious. Chapter 3: Freud: Psychic Structures, Internal Agencies and the Defences. Chapter 4: The Development of the Psyche: Freud and Oedipus. Chapter 5 Klein: Envy, Phantasy and the Development of the Infant. PART II DIVERGENT PATHS. Chapter 6 The Later Kleinians: Symbol Formation, Thinking and Organisations. Chapter 7: Infancy and Object Relations. Chapter 8; Psychoanalysis as a Science of Child Development. Chapter 9: Lacan and the Return to Freud. Chapter 10: Psychoanalysis, Gender and Feminism. PART III THE NATURE OF THERAPY. Chapter 11: Understanding Therapy 1: Introduction. Chapter 12: Understanding Therapy 2: Transference and Countertransference. Chapter 13: Conclusion. Bibliography. Index
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About Ian Craib

Ian Craib is Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex
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