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Comprehensive Dictionary of Psychoanalysis Hardcover – August 6, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1855754713 ISBN-10: 1855754711 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Karnac Books; 1 edition (August 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855754711
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855754713
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #832,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Overall the work is of high quality, and will be intersting and useful to those studying or researching in the field of psychoanalysis."

About the Author

Salman Akhtar is Professor of Psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College and Training and Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. He is the Book Review Editor of the International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, Film Review Editor of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, and has served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. He is the author of a number of books, including Broken Structures, Inner Torment, Objects of Our Desire, and Turning Points in Dynamic Psychotherapy. He has also contributed to many edited books. Dr. Akhtar is the recipient of several awards including the Best Paper of the Year Award and Edith Sabshin Award from the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Sigmund Freud Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychoanalysis from the American Society of Psychoanalytic Physicians.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jerome S. Blackman MD on October 31, 2009
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I have been waiting for a book like this for decades. Being a psychiatrist and a psychoanalyst, myself, it always seemed to me there should be an encyclopaedic dictionary that everyone could read.

Dr. Akhtar has accomplished the almost-impossible: he has put, in one book, clear, referenced, and fun-to-read descriptions of every major psychoanalytic theory and every major psychoanalytic author. Want to know about Freud? Melanie Klein? Peter Fonagy? Jacques Lacan? Otto Kernberg vs Kohut? Mahler vs Ainsworth? It's all there, and more. How about Jerome Winer's work on Managing the Asymmetry in the therapeutic relationship? It's there, too.

There are interesting references to Vamik Volkan's psychoanalytic work on international relations, multiple references to Charles Brenner's revisions of Freud, and Roiphe and Galenson's work on female childhood development, to name a few of the modern psychoanalytic scholars whose work is explained.

Dr. Akhtar, of course, is a highly published author, himself, having made significant contributions in the areas of severe personality disorders, defensive operations, and the effects of immigration and culture, as well as many others. With this new volume, he has written a remarkably unbiased, inclusive work, transparently including his own opinions about what is valuable and what is not, with further references for the interested reader included in the text (no searching around the bibliography).

On the other hand, the bibliography is immense, and very well designed, so that it is easy to find any author and that author's contributions.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Diana Sisklind on December 23, 2009
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This book is a stunning achievement. It covers every aspect of psychoanalytic theory and technique and traces the evolution of all the important ideas so central to our field. No teacher of psychanalysis or psychotherapy should be without this book. Also, authors will greatly benlifit from having this book on hand as it will trace the origin of concepts and be invaluable in checking the meaning of terms to their most accurate level. The author is the clearest thinker in the field and he has given the profession a great gift.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jackbphilly on June 29, 2013
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This book on kindle is unusable. There is no way to search the contents. It is a dictionary, for god's sake. How can Amazon do this? And you can't return it either. A complete rip-off. Beware!
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This is not a mere dictionary. It is a labor or love by a preeminent psychoanalyst who fuses his knowledge of psychoanalytic theory, concepts, and history into a weighty tome. Akhtar is particularly sensitive to culture and lucidly describes how concepts that originated in Freudian theory have evolved in different contexts. He includes terms - like "linking objects" and "chosen trauma" that would not be found in other dictionaries of psychoanalysis - terms that are very meaningful to clinicians working in multicultural settings.
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