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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.

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  1. Understanding and Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder

    A Relational Approach

    By Elizabeth F. Howell

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    Building on the comprehensive theoretical model of dissociation elegantly developed in The Dissociative Mind, Elizabeth Howell makes another invaluable contribution to the clinical understanding of dissociative states with Understanding and Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder....

    Published April 21st 2011 by Routledge

  2. With Culture in Mind

    Psychoanalytic Stories

    Edited by Muriel Dimen

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    This is a new kind of anthology. More conversation than collection, it locates the psychic and the social in clinical moments illuminating the analyst's struggle to grasp a patient's internal life as voiced through individual political, social, and material contexts. Each chapter is a single...

    Published April 12th 2011 by Routledge

  3. Toward Mutual Recognition

    Relational Psychoanalysis and the Christian Narrative

    By Marie T. Hoffman

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    Ever since its nascent days, psychoanalysis has enjoyed an uneasy coexistence with religion. However, in recent decades, many analysts have been more interested in the healing potential of both psychoanalytic and religious experience and have explored how their respective narrative underpinnings...

    Published December 13th 2010 by Routledge

  4. A Disturbance in the Field

    Essays in Transference-Countertransference Engagement

    By Steven H. Cooper

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    The field, as Steven Cooper describes it, is comprised of the inextricably related worlds of internalized object relations and interpersonal interaction. Furthermore, the analytic dyad is neither static nor smooth sailing. Eventually, the rigorous work of psychoanalysis will offer a fraught...

    Published July 19th 2010 by Routledge

  5. First Do No Harm

    The Paradoxical Encounters of Psychoanalysis, Warmaking, and Resistance

    Edited by Adrienne Harris, Steven Botticelli

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    At the outset of World War I - the "Great War" - Freud supported the Austro-Hungarian Empire for which his sons fought. But the cruel truths of that bloody conflict, wrought on the psyches as much as the bodies of the soldiers returning from the battlefield, caused him to rethink his stance and...

    Published July 8th 2010 by Routledge

  6. Uprooted Minds

    Surviving the Politics of Terror in the Americas

    By Nancy Caro Hollander

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    In our post-9/11 environment, our sense of relative security and stability as privileged subjects living in the heart of Empire has been profoundly shaken. Hollander explores the forces that have brought us to this critical juncture, analyzing the role played by the neoliberal economic paradigm and...

    Published July 1st 2010 by Routledge

  7. Good Enough Endings

    Breaks, Interruptions, and Terminations from Contemporary Relational Perspectives

    Edited by Jill Salberg

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    In the relational literature, the subject of termination - the ending of an analysis - has received scant attention, and traditional Freudian or ego-psychological criteria are not always enough to assess the readiness to terminate therapy in the coconstructed, intersubjective analytic relationship....

    Published March 25th 2010 by Routledge

  8. Invasive Objects

    Minds Under Siege

    By Paul Williams

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    The "Director" controls Ms. B’s life. He flatters her, beguiles her, derides her. His instructions pervade each aspect of her life, including her analytic sessions, during which he suggests promiscuous and dangerous things for Ms. B to say and do, when he suspects that her isolated state is being...

    Published January 29th 2010 by Routledge

  9. Sabert Basescu

    Selected Papers on Human Nature and Psychoanalysis

    Edited by George Goldstein, Helen Golden

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    An influential part of the New York psychoanalytic scene for more than 50 years, Sabert "Sabe" Basescu is regarded as an outstanding analyst and a significant proponent of the integration of existentialism and phenomenology into psychoanalytic theory and practice. Existential themes serve as a...

    Published December 21st 2009 by Routledge

  10. The Hero in the Mirror

    From Fear to Fortitude

    By Sue Grand

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    In times of stress, trauma and crisis—whether on a personal or global scale—it can be all too easy for us to externalize a larger-than-life figure who can assuage our suffering, a Hero who comes to the fore even as we recede into the background. In taking on our collective burden, however, such an...

    Published November 18th 2009 by Routledge