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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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Wounded By Reality

    Understanding and Treating Adult Onset Trauma

    By Ghislaine Boulanger

    Series: Psychoanalysis in a New Key Book Series

    The culmination of three decades of studying and treating survivors of adult onset trauma, Wounded by Reality is the first systematic attempt to differentiate adult onset trauma from childhood trauma, with which it is frequently confused. When catastrophic events overtake adult lives, they often...

    Published March 1st 2007 by Routledge

  6. Prologue to Violence

    Child Abuse, Dissociation, and Crime

    By Abby Stein

    Series: Psychoanalysis in a New Key Book Series

    Despite mounting references to the "transgenerational transmission of violence," we still lack a compelling understanding of the linkage between the interpersonal violence of early life and the criminal violence of adulthood. In Prologue to Violence, Abby Stein draws on the gripping narratives of...

    Published November 16th 2006 by Routledge

  7. 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

  8. The Fallacy of Understanding & The Ambiguity of Change

    By Edgar Levenson

    Series: Psychoanalysis in a New Key Book Series

    In The Fallacy of Understanding (1972) and The Ambiguity of Change (1983), Edgar Levenson elaborated the many ways in which the psychoanalyst and the patient interact - unconsciously, continuously, inevitably. For Levenson, it was impossible for the analyst not to interact with the patient,...

    Published October 13th 2005 by Routledge

  9. What Do Mothers Want?

    Developmental Perspectives, Clinical Challenges

    Edited by Sheila F. Brown

    Series: Psychoanalysis in a New Key Book Series

    What do mothers want and need from their parenting partners, their extended families, their friends, colleagues, and communities? And what can mental health professionals do to help them meet their daunting responsibilities in the contemporary world? The talented contributors to What Do Mothers...

    Published July 19th 2005 by Routledge

  10. Clinical Values

    Emotions That Guide Psychoanalytic Treatment

    By Sandra Buechler

    Series: Psychoanalysis in a New Key Book Series

    In this refreshingly honest and open book, Sandra Buechler looks at therapeutic process issues from the standpoint of the human qualities and human resourcefulness that the therapist brings to each clinical encounter. Her concern is with the clinical values that shape the psychoanalytically...

    Published July 12th 2004 by Routledge