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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 61 results in Relational Perspectives Book Series
  1. 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 8th 2014 by Routledge

  2. Unconscious Fantasies and the Relational World

    By Danielle Knafo, Kenneth Feiner

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    What is the role of unconscious fantasies in psychological development, in psychopathology, and in the arts? In Unconscious Fantasies and the Relational World, Danielle Knafo and Kenneth Feiner return to these interlinked questions with a specific goal in mind: a contemporary...

    Published June 8th 2014 by Routledge

  3. Comparative-Integrative Psychoanalysis

    A Relational Perspective for the Discipline's Second Century

    By Brent Willock

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    Finalist for the 2007 Goethe Award for Psychoanalytic Scholarship! This exceptionally practical and insightful new text explores the emerging field of comparative-integrative psychoanalysis. It provides an invaluable framework for approaching the currently fractious state of the...

    Published June 8th 2014 by Routledge

  4. Getting From Here to There

    Analytic Love, Analytic Process

    By Sheldon Bach

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    It is clinical work with the most difficult patients - those with severe narcissistic, sadomasochistic, and borderline disorders - that poses the greatest challenge to the therapist's guiding assumptions about clinical process; indeed, such work often leads therapists to question beliefs and...

    Published June 8th 2014 by Routledge

  5. Traumatic Ruptures: Abandonment and Betrayal in the Analytic Relationship

    Edited by Robin A. Deutsch

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    For much of its history, psychoanalysis has been strangely silent about sudden ruptures in the analytic relationship and their immediate and far-reaching effects for those involved. Such issues of betrayal and abandonment – the death of an analyst, a patient’s suicide, an ethical violation –...

    Published May 6th 2014 by Routledge

  6. Cyclical Psychodynamics and the Contextual Self

    The Inner World, the Intimate World, and the World of Culture and Society

    By Paul L. Wachtel

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    Cyclical Psychodynamics and the Contextual Self articulates in new ways the essential features and most recent extensions of Paul Wachtel's powerfully integrative theory of cyclical psychodynamics. Wachtel is widely regarded as the leading advocate for integrative thinking in personality theory and...

    Published April 16th 2014 by Routledge

  7. A Relational Psychoanalytic Approach to Couples Psychotherapy

    By Philip A. Ringstrom

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    A Relational Psychoanalytic Approach to Couples Psychotherapy presents an original model of couples treatment integrating ideas from a host of authors in relational psychoanalysis. It also includes other psychoanalytic traditions as well as ideas from other social sciences. This book addresses a...

    Published March 11th 2014 by Routledge

  8. The Embodied Analyst

    From Freud and Reich to relationality

    By Jon Sletvold

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    The Embodied Analyst brings together the history of embodied analysis found in the work of Freud and Reich and contemporary relational analysis, particularly as influenced by infant research. By integrating the ‘old’ embodied and the ‘new’ relational traditions, the book contributes to a new...

    Published January 20th 2014 by Routledge

  9. The Origins of Attachment

    Infant Research and Adult Treatment

    By Beatrice Beebe, Frank M. Lachmann

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    The Origins of Attachment: Infant Research and Adult Treatment addresses the origins of attachment in mother-infant face-to-face communication. New patterns of relational disturbance in infancy are described. These aspects of communication are out of conscious awareness. They provide clinicians...

    Published November 18th 2013 by Routledge

  10. Clinical Implications of the Psychoanalyst’s Life Experience

    When the Personal Becomes Professional

    Edited by Steven Kuchuck

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    Clinical Implications of the Psychoanalyst’s Life Experience explores how leaders in the fields of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy address the phenomena of the psychoanalyst’s personal life and psychology. In this edited book, each author describes pivotal childhood and adult life events and...

    Published November 3rd 2013 by Routledge