The Psychoanalytic Vocation

PSYCHOANALYTIC. VOCATION. Rank,. Winnicott,. and. The. Legacy. of. Freud. Peter L. Rudnytsky Object relations, which emphasizes the importance of the preoedipal period and the infant-mother relationship, is considered by many analysts ...


Author: Peter L. Rudnytsky

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134906017

Category: Psychology

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Object relations, which emphasizes the importance of the preoedipal period and the infant-mother relationship, is considered by many analysts to be the major development in psychoanalytic theory since Freud. In this reinterpretation of its history Peter L. Rudnytsky focuses on two pivotal figures: Otto Rank, one of Freud's original and most brilliant disciples, who later broke away from psychoanalysis, and D. W. Winnicott, the leading representative of the Independent tradition in British psychoanalysis. Rudnytsky begins with an overview arguing that object relations theory can synthesize the scientific and hermeneutic dimensions of psychoanalysis. He the uses the ideas of Rank and Winnicott to uncover the preoedipal aspects of Sophocles' Oedipus the King. After an appraisal of the relationship between Rank and Freud, he turns to Rank's neglected writings between 1924 and 1927 and shows how they anticipate contemporary object relations theory. Rudnytsky critically measures Winnicott's achievement against those of Heinz Kohut and Jacques Lacan, the founders of two competing schools of psychoanalysis, and compares Winnicott's life and work with Freud's. Next, using both published and unpublished accounts by the psychotherapist Harry Guntrip of his analyses with W. R. D. Fairbairn and Winnicott, he probes the personal and intellectual interactions among these three British clinicians. Rudnytsky concludes by advancing a psychoanalytic theory of the self as a rejoinder to the postmodernism that is the dominant ideology in literary studies today. In two appendices he makes available for the first time an English translation of Rank's "Genesis of the Object Relation" and a 1983 interview with Clare Winnicott.

The Psychoanalysis of Career Choice Job Performance and Satisfaction

A Psychoanalytic Discourse in Occupational Therapy. In: J. Creek and A. Lawson-Porter (Eds.), Contemporary Issues in Occupational Therapy (pp. 55–86). Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Parsons, F. (1909). Choosing a Vocation.


Author: Paul Marcus

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781315452524

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 254

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Freud said that "love and work" are the central therapeutic goals of psychoanalysis; the twin pillars for a sound mind and for living the "good life." While psychoanalysis has masterfully contributed to understanding the experience of love, it has only made a modest contribution to understanding the psychology of work. This book is the first to explore fully the psychoanalysis of work, analysing career choice, job performance and job satisfaction, with an eye toward helping people make wiser choices that bring out the best in themselves, their colleagues and their organization. The book addresses the crucial questions concerning work: how does one choose the right career; what qualities contribute to excellence in performance; how best to implement and cope with organizational change; and what capacity and skills does one need to enjoy every day work? Drawing on psychoanalytic thinking, vocational counseling, organizational psychology and business studies, The Psychoanalysis of Career Choice, Job Performance, and Satisfaction will be invaluable in clinical psychoanalytic work, as well as for mental health professionals, scholars, career counselors and psychologists looking for a deeper understanding of work-based issues.

The Historiography of Psychoanalysis

Peter Rudnytsky's The Psychoanalytic Vocation: Rank, Winnicott, and the Legacy of Freud1 is an excellent book. In his new text Rudnytsky tries to appreciate developments in psychoanalytic theory which have sought to correct certain ...


Author: Paul Roazen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351326827

Category: Psychology

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Today Sigmund Freud's legacy seems as hotly contested as ever. He continues to attract fanaticism of one kind or another. If Freud might be disappointed at the failure of his successors to confirm many of his so-called discoveries he would be gratified by the transforming impact of his ideas in contemporary moral and ethical thinking. To move from the history of psychoanalysis onto the more neutral ground of scholarly inquiry is not a simple task. There is still little effort to study Freud and his followers within the context of intellectual history. Yet in an era when psychiatry appears to be going in a different direction from that charted by Freud, his basic point of view still attracts newcomers in areas of the world relatively untouched by psychoanalytic influence in the past. It is all the more important to clarify the strengths and the limitations of Freud's approach. Roazen begins by delving into the personality of Freud, and reassesses his own earlier volume, Freud and His Followers. He then examines "Freud Studies" in the nature of Freudian appraisals and patients. He examines a succession of letters between Freud and Silberstein; Freud and Jones; Anna Freud and Eva Rosenfeld; James Strachey and Rupert Brooke. Roazen includes a series of interviews with such personages as Michael Balint, Philip Sarasin, Donald W. Winnicott, and Franz Jung. He explores curious relationships concerning Lou Andreas-Salome, Tola Rank, and Felix Deutsch, and deals with biographies of Freud's predecessors, Charcot and Breuer, and contemporaries including Menninger, Erikson, Helene Deutsch, and a number of followers. Freud's national reception in such countries as Russia, America, France, among others is examined, and Roazen surveys the literature relating to the history of psychoanalysis. Finally, he brings to light new documents offering fresh interpretations and valuable bits of new historical evidence. This brilliantly constructed book explores the vagaries of Freud's impact over the twentieth century, including current controversial issues related to placing Freud and his theories within the historiography of psychoanalysis. It will be of interest to psychoanalysts, intellectual historians, and those interested in the history of ideas.

Psychoanalytic Conversations

To be sure, Psychoanalytic Conversations will find many clinical and scholarly readers among those who relish a good engrossing read.


Author: Peter L. Rudnytsky

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134904617

Category: Psychology

Page: 358

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In this stunning addition to what has of late become a distinct genre of psychoanalytic literature, Peter Rudnytsky presents 10 substantive and provocative interviews with leading analysts, with theorists from allied fields, and with influential Freud critics. In conversations that Rudnytsky succeeds in making psychoanalytic both in form and in content, he guides his interlocutors to unforeseen reflections on the events and forces that shaped their lives, and on the personal and intellectual grounds of their beliefs and practices. Rudnytsky, a ranking academic scholar of psychoanalysis and the humanities, approaches his subjects with not only a highly attuned third ear but also a remarkable grasp of theoretical, historical, and clinical issues. When his interviewees turn from autobiographical narratives to matters of theory and clinical practice, Rudnytsky is clear about his own intellectual allegiance to the Independent tradition of object relations theory and his admiration for John Bowlby and attachment theory. His willingness to set forth his own point of view and occasionally to press a line of questioning infuses his exchanges with an energy, even passion, heretofore unknown in the analytic interview literature. Rudnytsky consistently emerges as a partner, even an analytic partner, in dialogues that meld discovery with self-discovery. To be sure, Psychoanalytic Conversations will find many clinical and scholarly readers among those who relish a good engrossing read. But it will have special appeal to students of analysis who share Rudnytsky's belief that if psychoanalysis is to remain vital in the new century, "it can only be by expanding its horizons and learning from those who have taken it to task."

Paradigms in Psychoanalysis

Presented to The Fourth International Conference of the Sándor Ferenczi Society, Sándor Ferenczi Birthday Commemoration: “The talking therapy: Ferenczi and the psychoanalytic vocation”. Budapest, 18–21 July. Rachman, A. W. (1993).


Author: Marco Bacciagaluppi

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429917141

Category: Psychology

Page: 320

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This book aims at making explicit the scientific theories, termed paradigms, that the author has found useful in psychoanalysis. It lists nine paradigms: genetics, neurobiology, attachment theory, infant research, trauma, their relational model, the family system, the socio-cultural level, and prehistory. These nine paradigms are presented in as many chapters. Special attention is devoted to attachment theory, which the author considers to be the most powerful conceptual tool at the disposal of the psychoanalyst. He also covers trauma, the relational model - with special reference to Ferenczi, Bowlby and Fromm. He explores the effect of cultural evolution, with the advent of agriculture, on family and character structures and the resulting discontinuity with the individual, or group's inborn needs, giving rise to an unnatural environment, and thus to psychopathology and pathology at a social level, such as war. The consequence of these combined factors gives rise to the need for psychotherapy, this is explored, together with the role of the therapist and the therapy of psychoses,

Rescuing Psychoanalysis from Freud and Other Essays in Re Vision

Certainly, as the author of a book entitled The Psychoanalytic Vocation (1991), and as one now undertaking clinical training in my sixth decade, I share with Michael Parsons the conviction that “psychoanalysis is a vocation in so far as ...


Author: Peter L. Rudnytsky

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429904318

Category: Psychology

Page: 216

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In his latest groundbreaking book, the author examines the history of psychoanalysis from a resolutely independent perspective. At once spellbinding case histories and meticulously crafted gems of scholarship, Rudnytsky's essays are "re-visions" in that each sheds fresh light on its subject but they are also avowedly "revisionist" in their scepticism towards all forms of psychoanalytic orthodoxy. Beginning with a judicious reappraisal of Freud and ranging in scope from King Lear to contemporary neuroscience, the author treats in depth the lives and work of Ferenczi, Jung, Stekel, Winnicott, Coltart, and Little, each of whom sought to "rescue psychoanalysis" by summoning it to live up to its highest ideals.

Reading Psychoanalysis

As I have contended in The Psychoanalytic Vocation, although Rank's early thought was antithetical to Jung's, by the end of his career his espousal of “will therapy” did not prevent him from embracing many Jungian views (1991, 48–50).


Author: Peter L. Rudnytsky

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9781501718588

Category: Psychology

Page: 336

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In a stunning fusion of literary criticism and intellectual history, Peter L. Rudnytsky explores the dialectical interplay between literature and psychoanalysis by reading key psychoanalytic texts in a variety of genres. He maps the origins of the contemporary relational tradition in the lives and work of three of Freud's most brilliant and original disciples—Otto Rank, Sándor Ferenczi, and Georg Groddeck. Rudnytsky, a scholar with an unsurpassed knowledge of the world of clinical psychoanalysis, espouses the "relational turn" as an alternative to both ego psychology and postmodernism. Rudnytsky seeks to alter the received view of the psychoanalytic landscape, in which the towering figure of Freud has continued to obscure the achievements of his followers who individually resisted and collectively went beyond him. Reading Psychoanalysis offers the most detailed and comprehensive treatments available in English of such classic texts as Freud's case of Little Hans, Rank's The Incest Theme in Literature and Legend, and Groddeck's The Book of the It. Rudnytsky's argument for object relations theory concludes by boldly affirming the possibility of a "consilience" between scientific and hermeneutic modes of knowledge.

Affect in Psychoanalysis

Vocation by P. Rudnytsky. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, pp. 171–179. —— (1929–1931), Will Therapy,trans. J. Taft. New York: Norton, 1978. —— (1932), Art and Artist. New York: Agathon Press. Rapaport, D. (1950),Emotions and ...


Author: Charles Spezzano

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317771494

Category: Psychology

Page: 264

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Drawing on the writings of Freud, Fairbairn, Klein, Sullivan, and Winnicott, Spezzano offers a radical redefinition of the analytic process as the intersubjective elaboration and regulation of affect. The plight of analytic patients, he holds, is imprisonment within crude fantasy elaborations of developmentally significant feeling states. Analytic treatment fosters the patient's capacity to keep alive in consciousness, and hence reflect on, these previously warded-off affective states; it thereby provides a second chance to achieve competence in using feeling states to understand the self within its relational landscape.

Psychoanalysis and Narrative Medicine

... an Honorary Member of the American Psychoanalytic Association , and the editor of American Imago . He is the author of Freud and Oedipus ( Columbia , 1987 ) , The Psychoanalytic Vocation : Rank , Winnicott , and the Legacy of Freud ...


Author: Peter L. Rudnytsky

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 079147352X

Category: Medical

Page: 324

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Contributors explore the significance of literature and psychoanalysis for medical education and practice.

Gender in Psychoanalytic Space

In The Psychoanalytic Vocation , ed . P. Rudnytsky , pp . 171-179 . New Haven : CT : Yale University Press . Rivera , M. ( 1989 ) . Linking the psychological and the social : feminism , poststructuralism , and multiple personality .


Author: Muriel Dimen

Publisher: Other Press, LLC

ISBN: 9781590514726

Category: Psychology

Page: 388

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About this Book... "Here is a book that both creates and illuminates the space where psychoanalysis, feminism, gender studies, and sexualities join. . . . A collection of cutting edge work that brims with the excitement of new possibility." -Dr. Sam Gerson Combining clinical psychoanalysis with feminism, postmodernism, and psychoanalytic theory, this pioneering collection represents a major step forward in psychoanalytic gender studies.