Psychic Experience and Problems of Technique
Foreword by Pearl King
Routledge – 1991 – 176 pages
Harold Stewart, a distinguished psychoanalyst of more than 30 years' experience, began his medical career as a general practitioner. He was drawn first towards hypnotherapy, then to psychoanalysis, as a more sensitive, productive and far-reaching method of exploring patients' problems.
In this book Stewart draws deeply on his own clinical experience to focus on changes in the patient's experience of inner space, and to record the growth of his own understanding of the patient's experience and how this can change. Beginning with a vivid account of the role of collusion in the myth of Jocasta and Oedipus, he goes on to a theoretical discussion of thinking, dreams, inner space and the hypnotic state, in the context of extensive clinical experience. The second part of the book centres on practical clinical issues and problems of technique, tackling in particular the role of transference interpretations, other agents of change, and the problems encountered in benign and malignant types of regression.
The wealth of clinical material and the author's informality and openness in presenting his experiences of working with very disturbed patients will be of immense practical value to other practitioners. Psychic Experience and Problems of Technique will help psychoanalysts and psychotherapists to understand the nature of clinical problems which are often encountered but seldom acknowledged.
"… an excellent investment for the analytic candidate in training. It is free of jargon, terms are lucidly explained and illustrated with rich clinical material. Any mental health practitioner who works intensively with individuals will also benefit from reading this collection of articles. The paperback volume that I reviewed is destined to become one of my most dog-eared reference texts." - American Journal of Psycholtherapy
"I warmly recommend this book as the complex issues of theory and technique are of interest to all psycho-analysts. Stewart writes with a great clarity of style, and I think his thoughts will be enjoyed regardless of one's own theoretical position." - International Forum of Psychoanalysis
Introduction. Part One: Theory. A: On Collusive Relationships. Collusion and the Hypnotic State. Jocasta: Crimes and Collusion. B: Changes in Inner Experience. Changes in the Experiencing of the Dream and the Transference. Changes in the Experiencing of Inner Space. Levels of Experiencing of Thinking. Part Two: Technique. C: Issues and Problems in Effecting Psychic Change. Types of Transference Interpretations: An Object Relations View. Problems of Management and Communication. An Overview of Therapeutic Regression. Technique at the Basic Fault and Regression. Interpretation and Other Agents for Psychic Change.
Harold Stewart is a Training Analyst of the Brisith Psycho-Analytical Society, and Chairman of its Eduction Committee. He was, until his recent retirement, Consultant Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic, London.