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Psychoanalysis in a New Key Book Series

Series Editor: Donnel B. Stern

When music is played in a new key, the melody does not change, but the notes that make up the composition do: change in the context of continuity, continuity that perseveres through change. Psychoanalysis in a New Key publishes books that share the aims psychoanalysts have always had, but that approach them differently. The books in the series are not expected to advance any particular theoretical agenda, although to this date most have been written by analysts from the Interpersonal and Relational orientations.

The most important contribution of a psychoanalytic book is the communication of something that nudges the reader’s grasp of clinical theory and practice in an unexpected direction. Psychoanalysis in a New Key creates a deliberate focus on innovative and unsettling clinical thinking. Because that kind of thinking is encouraged by exploration of the sometimes surprising contributions to psychoanalysis of ideas and findings from other fields, Psychoanalysis in a New Key particularly encourages interdisciplinary studies. Books in the series have married psychoanalysis with dissociation, trauma theory, sociology, and criminology. The series is open to the consideration of studies examining the relationship between psychoanalysis and any other field – for instance, biology, literary and art criticism, philosophy, systems theory, anthropology, and political theory.

But innovation also takes place within the boundaries of psychoanalysis, and Psychoanalysis in a New Key therefore also presents work that reformulates thought and practice without leaving the precincts of the field. Books in the series focus, for example, on the significance of personal values in psychoanalytic practice, on the complex interrelationship between the analyst’s clinical work and personal life, on the consequences for the clinical situation when patient and analyst are from different cultures, and on the need for psychoanalysts to accept the degree to which they knowingly satisfy their own wishes during treatment hours, often to the patient’s detriment.

New and Published Books

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  1. Still Practicing

    The Heartaches and Joys of a Clinical Career

    By Sandra Buechler

    Series: Psychoanalysis in a New Key Book Series

    "Still practicing" has several meanings. Still practicing suggests that the balance of heartaches and joys must not deter us from pursuing a clinical practice. At the same time, still practicing suggests that for the clinician "practice" never "makes perfect." We continue to refine our clinical...

    Published April 5th 2012 by Routledge

  2. Dancing with the Unconscious

    The Art of Psychoanalysis and the Psychoanalysis of Art

    By Danielle Knafo

    Series: Psychoanalysis in a New Key Book Series

    In writing and lecturing over the past two decades on the relationship between psychoanalysis and art, Danielle Knafo has demonstrated the many ways in which these two disciplines inform and illuminate each other. This book continues that discussion, emphasizing how the creative process in...

    Published March 4th 2012 by Routledge

  3. Money Talks

    in Therapy, Society, and Life

    Edited by Brenda Berger, Stephanie Newman

    Series: Psychoanalysis in a New Key Book Series

    Sometimes referred to as "the last taboo," money has remained something of a secret within psychoanalysis. Ironically, while it is an ingredient in almost every encounter between analyst and patient, the analyst's personal feelings about money are rarely discussed openly or in any great...

    Published July 27th 2011 by Routledge

  4. Partners in Thought

    Working with Unformulated Experience, Dissociation, and Enactment

    By Donnel B. Stern

    Series: Psychoanalysis in a New Key Book Series

    Building on the innovative work of Unformulated Experience, Donnel B. Stern continues his exploration of the creation of meaning in clinical psychoanalysis with Partners in Thought. The chapters in this fascinating book are undergirded by the concept that the meanings which arise from...

    Published August 20th 2009 by Routledge

  5. Sex Changes

    Transformations in Society and Psychoanalysis

    By Mark J. Blechner

    Series: Psychoanalysis in a New Key Book Series

    The last half-century has seen enormous changes in society’s attitude toward sexuality. In the 1950s, homosexuals in the United States were routinely arrested; today, homosexual activity between consenting adults is legal in every state, with same-sex marriage legal in Massachusetts and ...

    Published February 19th 2009 by Routledge

  6. Heterosexual Masculinities

    Contemporary Perspectives from Psychoanalytic Gender Theory

    Edited by Bruce Reis, Robert Grossmark

    Series: Psychoanalysis in a New Key Book Series

    In recent years there have been substantial changes in approaches to how genders are made and what functions genders fulfill. Most of the scholarly focus in this area has been in the areas of feminist, gay, and lesbian studies, and heterosexual masculinity - which tended to be defined by lack and...

    Published February 16th 2009 by Routledge

  7. The Consulting Room and Beyond

    Psychoanalytic Work and Its Reverberations in the Analyst's Life

    By Therese Ragen

    Series: Psychoanalysis in a New Key Book Series

    The Consulting Room and Beyond is not a typical example of clinical writing in the field of psychoanalysis. Therese Ragen, pushing the boundaries of the genre, thoughtfully explores in a very immediate way the intersubjective nature of psychoanalysis, particularly looking at the role of the...

    Published September 9th 2008 by Routledge

  8. Making a Difference in Patients' Lives

    Emotional Experience in the Therapeutic Setting

    By Sandra Buechler

    Series: Psychoanalysis in a New Key Book Series

    Winner of the 2009 Gradiva Award for Outstanding Psychoanalytic Publication! Within the title of her book, Making a Difference in Patients' Lives, Sandra Buechler echoes the hope of all clinicians. But, she counters, experience soon convinces most of us that insight, on its own...

    Published April 23rd 2008 by Routledge

  9. Coasting in the Countertransference

    Conflicts of Self Interest between Analyst and Patient

    By Irwin Hirsch

    Series: Psychoanalysis in a New Key Book Series

    Winner of the 2009 Goethe Award for Psychoanalytic Scholarship! Irwin Hirsch, author of Coasting in the Countertransference, asserts that countertransference experience always has the potential to be used productively to benefit patients. However, he also observes that it...

    Published February 11th 2008 by Routledge

  10. Prelogical Experience

    An Inquiry into Dreams and Other Creative Processes

    By Edward S. Tauber, Maurice R. Green

    Series: Psychoanalysis in a New Key Book Series

    One of the foundational texts of interpersonal psychoanalysis, Prelogical Experience (1959) is a pioneering attempt to elaborate an interpersonal theory of personality that encompasses the nonpropositional, nonverbal dimension of human experience. Prelogical processes, the authors hold,...

    Published November 28th 2005 by Routledge