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Relational Perspectives Book Series

Series Editor: Lewis Aron, Adrienne Harris

Associate Editor: Steven Kuchuck, Eyal Rozmarin

The Relational Perspectives Book Series (RPBS) publishes books that grow out of or contribute to the relational tradition in contemporary psychoanalysis. The term relational psychoanalysis was first used by Greenberg and Mitchell (1983) to bridge the traditions of interpersonal relations, as developed within interpersonal psychoanalysis and object relations, as developed within contemporary British theory. But, under the seminal work of the late Stephen Mitchell, the term relational psychoanalysis grew and began to accrue to itself many other influences and developments. Various tributaries—interpersonal psychoanalysis, object relations theory, self psychology, empirical infancy research, and elements of contemporary Freudian and Kleinian thought—flow into this tradition, which understands relational configurations between self and others, both real and fantasied, as the primary subject of psychoanalytic investigation.  

We refer to the relational tradition, rather than to a relational school, to highlight that we are identifying a trend, a tendency within contemporary psychoanalysis, not a more formally organized or coherent school or system of beliefs. Our use of the term relational signifies a dimension of theory and practice that has become salient across the wide spectrum of contemporary psychoanalysis. Now under the editorial supervision of Lewis Aron and Adrienne Harris with the assistance of Associate Editors Steven Kuchuck and Eyal Rozmarin, the Relational Perspectives Book Series originated in 1990 under the editorial eye of the late Stephen A. Mitchell. Mitchell was the most prolific and influential of the originators of the relational tradition. He was committed to dialogue among psychoanalysts and he abhorred the authoritarianism that dictated adherence to a rigid set of beliefs or technical restrictions. He championed open discussion, comparative and integrative approaches, and he promoted new voices across the generations.  

Included in the Relational Perspectives Book Series are authors and works that come from within the relational tradition, extend and develop the tradition, as well as works that critique relational approaches or compare and contrast it with alternative points of view. The series includes our most distinguished senior psychoanalysts along with younger contributors who bring fresh vision.

New and Published Books

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  1. Adolescent Identities

    A Collection of Readings

    Edited by Deborah L. Browning

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    Adolescent Identities draws the reader into the inner world of the adolescent to examine the process of identity formation through the various lenses of history, anthropology, sociology, psychology, and psychoanalysis. The volume reveals there is no single "normal" adolescent, nor is there a...

    Published September 11th 2014 by Routledge

  2. September 11

    Trauma and Human Bonds

    Edited by Susan Coates, Jane Rosenthal, Daniel Schechter

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    Drawing on research from a variety of domains - clinical studies of trauma, developmental psychopathology, interpersonal psychobiology, epidemiology, and social policy - September 11: Trauma and Human Bonds addresses especially the fundamental relationship of human bonds to trauma and underscores...

    Published September 11th 2014 by Routledge

  3. The Collapse of the Self and Its Therapeutic Restoration

    By Rochelle G. K. Kainer

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    The Collapse of the Self and Its Therapeutic Restoration is a rich and clinically detailed account of the therapeutic restoration of the self, and speaks to the healing process for analysts themselves that follows from Rochelle Kainer's sensitive integration of heretofore dissociated realms of...

    Published September 11th 2014 by Routledge

  4. Sexuality, Intimacy, Power

    By Muriel Dimen

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    Can contemporary psychoanalysis tell us anything about sexuality that is new and clinically meaningful? It most certainly can, answers Muriel Dimen in Sexuality, Intimacy, Power, a compelling attempt to revivify Freud's core interest, in "sexual impulses in the ordinary sense of the term."...

    Published September 11th 2014 by Routledge

  5. The Designed Self

    Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Identities

    By Carlo Strenger

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    What can contemporary psychoanalysis bring to the understanding of Generation X, a cohort for whom the trivialization of a dizzying array of possible experiences teamed with the pressure to lead spectacular lives often leads to diffuse feelings of confusion, depression, and disorientation. ...

    Published September 11th 2014 by Routledge

  6. Bodies In Treatment

    The Unspoken Dimension

    Edited by Frances Sommer Anderson

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    Bodies in Treatment is a challenging volume that brings into conceptual focus an "unspoken dimension" of clinical work - the body and nonverbal communication - that has long occupied the shadowy realm of tacit knowledge. By bringing visceral, sensory, and imagistic modes of emotional processing to...

    Published September 11th 2014 by Routledge

  7. Looking for Ground

    Countertransference and the Problem of Value in Psychoanalysis

    By Peter G. M. Carnochan

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    Despite a half-century of literature documenting the experience and meanings of countertransference in analytic practice, the concept remains a source of controversy. For Peter Carnochan, this can be addressed only by revisiting historical, epistemological, and moral issues intrinsic to the...

    Published September 11th 2014 by Routledge

  8. Building Bridges

    The Negotiation of Paradox in Psychoanalysis

    By Stuart A. Pizer

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    In Building Bridges, Stuart A. Pizer gives much-needed recognition to the central role of negotiation in the analytic relationship and in the therapeutic process. Building on a Winnicottian perspective that comprehends paradox as the condition for preserving an intrapsychic and relational "...

    Published September 11th 2014 by Routledge

  9. Fairbairn, Then and Now

    Edited by Neil J. Skolnick, David E. Scharff

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    W. R. D. Fairbairn was both a precursor and an architect of revolutionary change in psychoanalysis. Through a handful of tightly reasoned papers written in the 1940s and 1950s, Fairbairn emerged as an incisive, albeit relatively obscure, voice in the wilderness, at considerable remove from...

    Published August 12th 2014 by Routledge

  10. Objects of Hope

    Exploring Possibility and Limit in Psychoanalysis

    By Steven H. Cooper

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    Despite the importance of the concept of hope in human affairs, psychoanalysts have long had difficulty accepting responsibility for the manner in which their various interpretive orientations and explanations of therapeutic action express their own hopes for their patients. In Objects of...

    Published June 9th 2014 by Routledge