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Relational Perspectives Book Series

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 62 results in Relational Perspectives Book Series
  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Traumatic Narcissism

    Relational Systems of Subjugation

    By Daniel Shaw

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    In this volume, Traumatic Narcissism: Relational Systems of Subjugation, Daniel Shaw presents a way of understanding the traumatic impact of narcissism as it is engendered developmentally, and as it is enacted relationally. Focusing on the dynamics of narcissism in interpersonal relations, Shaw...

    Published September 16th 2013 by Routledge

  7. The Play Within the Play: The Enacted Dimension of Psychoanalytic Process

    By Gil Katz

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    In The Play within the Play: The Enacted Dimension of Psychoanalytic Process Gil Katz presents and illustrates the "enacted dimension of psychoanalytic process." He clarifies that enactment is not simply an overt event but an unconscious, continuously evolving, dynamically meaningful process....

    Published September 9th 2013 by Routledge

  8. Holding and Psychoanalysis, 2nd edition

    A Relational Perspective, 2nd Edition

    By Joyce Anne Slochower

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    Is there a baby in the relational consulting room? How and when can/should we try to hold our patients? What happens to the analyst's subjectivity when she tries to hold? In Holding and Psychoanalysis: A Relational Perspective (second Edition), Joyce Slochower brings a contemporary relational...

    Published July 25th 2013 by Routledge

  9. A Psychotherapy for the People

    Toward a Progressive Psychoanalysis

    By Lewis Aron, Karen Starr

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    How did psychoanalysis come to define itself as being different from psychotherapy? How have racism, homophobia, misogyny and anti-Semitism converged in the creation of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis? Is psychoanalysis psychotherapy? Is psychoanalysis a "Jewish science"? Inspired by the...

    Published December 2nd 2012 by Routledge

  10. The Silent Past and the Invisible Present

    Memory, Trauma, and Representation in Psychotherapy

    By Paul Renn

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    Drawing on research in the fields of cognitive and developmental psychology, attachment, trauma, and neuroscience, as well as 20 years in forensic and private practice, Paul Renn deftly illustrates the ways in which this research may be used to inform an integrated empirical/hermeneutic model...

    Published January 19th 2012 by Routledge