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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

1-10 of 65 results in Relational Perspectives Book Series
  1. The Legacy of Sandor Ferenczi

    From ghost to ancestor

    Edited by Adrienne Harris, Steven Kuchuck

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    The Legacy of Sándor Ferenczi, first published in 1993 & edited by Lewis Aron & Adrienne Harris, was one of the first books to examine Ferenczi’s invaluable contributions to psychoanalysis and his continuing influence on contemporary clinicians and scholars. Building on that pioneering...

    Published May 5th 2015 by Routledge

  2. Somatic Experience in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

    In the expressive language of the living

    By William F Cornell

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    The body, of both the patient and the analyst, is increasingly a focus of attention in contemporary psychoanalytic theory and practice, especially from a relational perspective. There is a renewed regard for the understanding of embodied experience and sexuality as essential to human vitality....

    Published April 14th 2015 by Routledge

  3. Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy Integration

    An evolving synergy

    Edited by Jill Bresler, Karen E. Starr

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy Integration traces the history of efforts to integrate psychoanalysis with other psychotherapeutic modalities, beginning with the early analysts, including Ferenczi and Rank, and continuing on to the present day. It explores the potential for integration...

    Published April 1st 2015 by Routledge

  4. The Cut and the Building of Psychoanalysis, Volume I

    Sigmund Freud and Emma Eckstein

    By Carlo Bonomi

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    This volume presents a fresh perspective and new narrative of the origins of psychoanalysis, taking into account social, cultural and contemporary relational views. Exploring Freud’s unconscious communication and identification with his patients, Emma Eckstein in particular, the book sheds new...

    Published February 23rd 2015 by Routledge

  5. Who Is the Dreamer, Who Dreams the Dream?

    A Study of Psychic Presences

    By James S. Grotstein

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    In Who Is the Dreamer Who Dreams the Dream? A Study of Psychic Presences, James Grotstein integrates some of his most important work of recent years in addressing fundamental questions of human psychology and spirituality. He explores two quintessential and interrelated psychoanalytic problems: the...

    Published December 22nd 2014 by Routledge

  6. The Healer's Bent

    Solitude and Dialogue in the Clinical Encounter

    By James McLaughlin

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    Over the course of a 50-year career, James T. McLaughlin has sought to open the playing field of psychoanalytic exploration by treating unconscious processes as the very material from which we fashion meaningful lives. His unique, iconoclastic perspective, which challenged the conventions of his...

    Published December 22nd 2014 by Routledge

  7. Minding Spirituality

    By Randall Lehmann Sorenson

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    In Minding Spirituality, Randall Sorenson, a clinical psychoanalyst, "invites us to take an interest in our patients' spirituality that is respectful but not diffident, curious but not reductionistic, welcoming but not indoctrinating." Out of this invitation emerges a fascinating and broadening...

    Published December 1st 2014 by Routledge

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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