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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. Relational Psychoanalysis, Volume 3

    New Voices

    Edited by Melanie Suchet, Adrienne Harris, Lewis Aron

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    Relational psychoanalysis has revivified psychoanalytic discourse by attesting to the analyst's multidimensional subjectivity and then showing how this subjectivity opens to deeper insights about the experience of analysis. Volume 3 of the Relational Psychoanalysis Book Series enlarges this...

    Published March 22nd 2007 by Routledge

  2. Creating Bodies

    Eating Disorders as Self-Destructive Survival

    By Katie Gentile

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    Amid the welter of clinical studies, memoirs, and other death-defying tales of eating disorders, we remain unclear about the relationships among trauma, anorexia, and bulimia, and about the psychological pathways to recovery. Creating Bodies offers the gripping story of healing and...

    Published August 15th 2006 by Routledge

  3. 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 April 19th 2005 by Routledge

  4. Relational Psychoanalysis, Volume 2

    Innovation and Expansion

    Edited by Lewis Aron, Adrienne Harris

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    The "relational turn" has transformed the field of psychoanalysis, with an impact that cuts across different schools of thought and clinical modalities. In the six years following publication of Volume 1, Relational Psychoanalysis: The Emergence of a Tradition, relational theorizing has continued...

    Published April 10th 2005 by Routledge

  5. Child Therapy in the Great Outdoors

    A Relational View

    By Sebastiano Santostefano

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    Building on relational conceptualizations of enactment and on developmental research that attests to the role of embodied, nonverbal language in the meanings children impute to their experiences, Sebastiano Santostefano offers this compelling demonstration of effective child therapy conducted in...

    Published November 11th 2004 by Routledge

  6. Impossible Training

    A Relational View of Psychoanalytic Education

    By Emanuel Berman

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    Over the past century psychoanalysis has gone on to establish training institutes, professional societies, accreditation procedures, and models of education, thus bringing into uneasy alliance all three impossible pursuits. In Impossible Training: A Relational View of Psychoanalytic Education,...

    Published August 1st 2004 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 February 16th 2004 by Routledge

  8. Relationality

    From Attachment to Intersubjectivity

    By Stephen A. Mitchell

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    In his final contribution to the psychoanalytic literature published two months before his untimely death on December 21, 2000, the late Stephen A. Mitchell provided a brilliant synthesis of the interrelated ideas that hover around, and describe aspects of, the relational matrix of human experience...

    Published November 30th 2003 by Routledge

  9. Unformulated Experience

    From Dissociation to Imagination in Psychoanalysis

    By Donnel B. Stern

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    In this powerful and wonderfully accessible meditation on psychoanalysis, hermeneutics, and social constructivism, Donnel Stern explores the relationship between two fundamental kinds of experience: explicit verbal reflection and "unformulated experience," or experience we have not yet reflected on...

    Published March 31st 2003 by Routledge

  10. Soul on the Couch

    Spirituality, Religion, and Morality in Contemporary Psychoanalysis

    Edited by Charles Spezzano, Gerald J. Gargiulo

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    Ever since Freud put religion on the couch in "The Future of an Illusion," there has been an uneasy peace, with occasional skirmishes, between these two great disciplines of subjectivity. As prime meaning givers, God and the unconscious have vied for supremacy in our thinking about ourselves,...

    Published March 31st 2003 by Routledge