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Inclusive, integrated, and lively, this book sets a new, high standard as an introduction to contemporary psychoanalysis. The authors, both of whom are respected as teachers, clinicians, and theorists, concisely demythologize Sigmund Freud and engage themselves with a score of his key successors (including five women). Brief biographies and succinct theoretical summaries are fleshed out with clinical examples. Sophisticated but unpretentious, the authors have a grasp of philosophy and history of science and the ability to make sense of the most difficult writers, including Harry Stack Sullivan, Melanie Klein, and Jacques Lacan. Students, therapists, and serious general readers will find this richer than Charles Brenner's An Elementary Textbook of Psychoanalysis (Doubleday, 1974), sounder than Judith Mishne's The Evolution and Application of Clinical Theory (Free Pr., 1993), and more readable than either.?E. James Lieberman, George Washington Univ. Sch. of Medicine, Washington, D.C.
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Mitchell and Black, experts in the field of psychotherapy, have written an excellent work on the history of modern psychoanalytic thought and on the ideas and theories of several prominent psychotherapists. The various schools of thought are introduced and basic concepts are explained as the authors explore the work of such major psychotherapists as Sigmund Freud, Henry Stack Sullivan, and Melanie Klein, eventually encompassing all the major developments in psychoanalytic thought since Freud. Although this is an extremely well written book and provides a clear, thorough introduction to several theories about the mysterious workings of the mind, the jargon inherent in this field makes it somewhat difficult to read. Readers will need at least a basic understanding of or interest in psychotherapy to comprehend it fully. Kathleen Hughes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; Reprint edition (August 9, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465014054
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465014057
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Social work students in my classes found this book very helpful.
Susan McConnaughy
This book is an excellent beginners text on the history of psychoanalysis.
Michael Strassberg
I found it to be an easy read, filled with tons of good information.
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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Michael Strassberg on December 30, 2001
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This book is an excellent beginners text on the history of psychoanalysis. It is by no means exhaustive, nor could it be. It simply covers too many important personalities to be more than introductory, yet it fulfills that purpose admirably. The book traces the history of thought in and about the subject of psychoanalysis. It begins with Freud's discovery of the psychogenic nature of hysteria, to his discovery of the unconscious, some of his other theories, and how he applied them in clinical management of patients. Others studied under him, and came to realize new facts about the mind, and new dimensions in the way it operates. This, in turn, gave rise to newer theories. The book traces this expansion, synthesis and sometimes clash between theories to bring us to our present understanding of the mind. The meaning of these theories is demonstrated in concrete terms by the inclusion of clinical cases to demonstrate the various types of pathological manifestations. The book flows very well from one psychoanalyst to another, emphasizing the indebtedness of each to their predecessors. Sigmund and Anna Freud, Adler, Bettelheim, Jung, Sullivan, Bowlby, Kahn and many others are revealed. It is both scientific and historical at the same time, and is very engaging. A good read!
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Susan McConnaughy on January 25, 2000
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Mitchell and Black provide an essential guide to the major theoretical developments in the field of psychoanalysis since its founding by Freud. They do just what you'd want them to do: they introduce you to each major theorist as a person as well as a thinker, they put each theoretical development in historical perspective both in the context of psychoanalysis and the larger social picture, they show how each thinker developed and how they responded to challenges in the field, and they show how unresolved issues led to the next theoretical breakthrough. All this is done in an accessible narrative style that even educated beginners will find rewarding. Social work students in my classes found this book very helpful. Mitchell and Black are both seasoned clinicians so their writing sometimes sings with clinical insight.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By cemerson@pacbell.net on August 28, 1999
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Mitchell and Black have produced a comprehensive account of psychoanalytic thought from its origin (with a clear, cogent overview of Freud) to contemporary psychoanalytic theory and practice. This book will be useful to students of psychology as well as to more informed readers interested in an enjoyable and well-executed review of the basics of psychoanalytic thought, theory and practice. A good read.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By William Britton on May 28, 2004
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An excellent history and explanation of psychoanlytic theory and practise. But especially valuable for the review of post-Freudian psychoanlytic understanding of why people have personality problems and what the "new" psychoanalyts have to offer (which is plenty!). I might mention that the authors were apparently not aware that Kohut's "patient", Mr. Z, is actually a disguised portrait of his own psychological history. This book is especially valuable for the relatively simple understandings of why people suffer and how the professional/personal relationship formed between the psychoanalyst and patient is helpful. Disabuses the stereotype of the distant, impersonal psychoanalyst.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 25, 2003
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I can't imagine a more comprehensive introduction to the vast psychoanlytic field than this one. Mitchell and Black do an excellent job of comparing and contrasting all of the major theorists. Their organization is impressive, not only addressing major schools of thought but adding two chapters at the end that outline major theoretical and clinical controversies that help clarify the preceding chapters. The outcome is an exceptionally clear, comprehensive, even-handed introduction that is hard to beat. The writing is stimulating and simple enough to satisfy those of us who appreciate unpretensious presentations. The compact and brief nature of the book serves its purpose well.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By kel1401@aol.com on December 24, 1997
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Mitchell's review of the lasting importance and revolutionary impact of Sigmund Freud's psychoanalitical theories struck a deep cord within me. Informative, lucid and surprisingly well-paced, this history of the modern journey into the mind emerged as an abbreviated form of clinical therapy for the curious, yet, perhaps psychologically unsuspecting reader. I came out of this book feeling that I had spent years lying on a couch in Vienna. As an introduction into an intimidating and vast field, "Freud and Beyond" gently guides its student into an appreciative approach to psychoanalysis and its profound impact on modern thought.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Susan McConnaughy on January 25, 2000
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Mitchell and Black provide an essential guide to the major theoretical developments in the field of psychoanalysis since its founding by Freud. They do just what you'd want them to do: they introduce you to each major theorist as a person as well as a thinker, they put each theoretical development in historical perspective both in the context of psychoanalysis and the larger social picture, they show how each thinker developed and how they responded to challenges in the field, and they show how unresolved issues led to the next theoretical breakthrough. All this is done in an accessible narrative style that even educated beginners will find rewarding. Social work students in my classes found this book very helpful. Mitchell and Black are both seasoned clinicians so their writing sometimes sings with clinical insight.
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