The Road to Unity in Psychoanalytic Theory

The Road to Unity in Psychoanalytic Theory

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The theory of psychoanalysis was the breakthrough that defined the intellectual ambience of the 20th century. Two-thirds of the way into the century, the new science peaked and started a steep decline. While many look to external factors, or more recently to internal organizational ones, Dr. Leo Rangell has steadfastly pointed to theoretical fragmentation as the source of the loss of inspiration the discipline previously enjoyed. The Controversial Discussions need to be superseded by Discussions of Controversies. The British attempt at mid-century, with its outcome far from logical or inspiring, had best be followed by reparative discussions throughout the analytic world, with human impediments met and dissolved, for as long as it takes. The ideational issues that divide are few and finite in comparison to the breadth of the consensual base. Dr. Rangell traces the mixture of ideas and people intrinsic to the history of splits, and describes a total, cumulative, composite theory aiming toward internal coherence in the service of survival and the future of the science.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • Northvale NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0765705133
  • 9780765705136

About Leo Rangell

Leo Rangell, M.D. has contributed over 450 articles and seven books to psychoanalytic literature. He has also twice been President of both the American and the International Psychoanalytic Associations. He is currently the Honorary President of the International Psychoanalytic Association.
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All who read this book will be impressed by its extraordinary psychoanalytic scope, clarity, and insight. The development of psychoanalytic models of the mind and psychoanalytic institutions are critically reviewed. Building on his recent publication My Life in Theory, Leo Rangell brilliantly illuminates current controversies; he demonstration their derivation from the persisting past as well as new propositions. Thorny issues in psychoanalysis are explored in their complexity, without minimizingsignificant differences and divergence. Recognizing the value of incremental advances that have been tested and integrated over time, Dr. Rangell considers the present problems of theoretical pluralism and eclecticism. He presents cogent explanations of why a unified theory has remained elusive. The Road to Unity in Psychoanalytic Theory draws upon a lifetime of psychoanalytic experience and creative contributions to the field exemplified in this work..--Harold P. Blum M.D.
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