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Standing in the Spaces: Essays on Clinical Process Trauma and Dissociation Paperback – July 3, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0881633566 ISBN-10: 0881633569 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: Essays on Clinical Process, Trauma, and Dissociation
  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (July 3, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881633569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881633566
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #415,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Philip Bromberg's essays on psychoanalysis are unique jewels that derive from the convergence of two strikingly different sensibilities. On the one hand, Bromberg is an interpersonal analyst par excellence, with a plain-speaking forthrightness, a finely honed sense of the mutual impact of people upon each other, and a distaste for the abstractions of theorizing. On the other hand, he has a keen appreciation of the mostly deeply private domains of experience, the hidden recesses, the nuances of 'innerness' within which personal existence is preserved. This combination has generated a unique vision and finely textured conceptualization of the psychoanalytic process that captures, with both wit and warmth, some of its deepest contrasts: sameness and difference, safety and growth, the emotional contacts that make a deeply personal life possible and the immutably private. Standing in the Spaces makes available a body of work that is one of the finest achievements of contemporary pychoanalysis." - Stephen A. Mitchell, Ph.D., Author, Relationality (Analytic Press, 2000)

"Setting out to solve the riddle of meaning formation and therapeutic leverage, Bromberg presents a vivid and compelling new picture of the mind as more tenuously integrated than we had thought - a paradigm that sheds so much light on clinical phenomena and on the margin available for change that conflict theorists simply cannot ignore it. But Bromberg's greatest service is to reveal the high, technical dignity of those powerful forces that practitioners sensed in their bones but scorned as nonspecific and ungovernable, now orienting us to a more respectful and less impatient use of them. I predict that the impact of Bromberg's book will remain with the reader in every subsequent clinical encounter and rescue him in times of trouble." - Lawrence Friedman, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Weill Medical School, Cornell

"Every psychoanalyst and psychotherapist should read Standing in the Spaces in order to achieve a full understanding of what it is they do every day. The scholarship is remarkable; the style elegant and readable; the content imaginative, original, and wide-ranging; the clinical presentations tremendously evocative. The book is written from a predominantly interpersonalist perspective, but is masterly in the way it gathers in a wide range of ideas from other psychoanalytic orientations and beyond. Philip Bromberg is clearly an exceptionally gifted clinician as well as one of the outstanding theorists of our time." - Peter Fonagy, Ph.D., Freud Memorial Professor, University College London

About the Author

A preeminent writer on the understanding of trauma and dissociative phenomena, Philip M. Bromberg, Ph.D., is author of Standing in the Spaces: Essays on Clinical Process, Trauma, and Dissociation (Analytic Press, 1998), Awakening the Dreamer: Clinical Journeys (Analytic Press, 2006), and The Shadow of the Tsunami: and the Growth of the Relational Mind (Routledge, 2011). He is Training and Supervising Analyst, William Alanson White Institute, and Adjunct Clinical Professor of Psychology, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. Emeritus Co-Editor of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Dr. Bromberg serves on the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and Psychoanalytic Inquiry. He lectures widely, and is actively involved in the training of mental health professionals nationally and internationally.


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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By whomi on November 6, 2001
Format: Hardcover
To read Bromberg is to be invited into the mind of one of the most sophisticated analytic clinicians writing today. His writings style wonderfully conveys the subtle, barely thinkable complexities of clinical process, those hardly noticeable contours of interpersonal meaning shaping the feel of a given moment in a session. Bromberg is able to put into words what all therapists have experienced but few have been able to describe. Although the more abstract theoretical components of his thinking are not quite as coherent as one might wish (a lot of model-mixing here) this flaw becomes almost insignificant in the face of the scintillating brilliance of Bromberg's clinical insight.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Una on October 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
My attention was drawn to Dr. Bromberg and to this book by references in the current literature on trauma and dissociation, most notably dissociative identity disorder (DID). It is a rare pleasure to read a psychoanalyst who not only "understands" dissociation in theory, but sees it, hears it, feels it, knows it in clinical practice. Being aware of his own dissociation enables him to work with it not just in his clients with DID, but in all his clients, including the "ordinary" ones and those with severe personality disorders (borderline, narcissistic, schizoid). I was fascinated by his concept that dissociative processes, normal and not, create personality structure, and that all the borderline, narcissistic, and schizoid personality disorders are disorders of personality structure. Many readers, therapists and clients alike, know from first hand experience that effective treatment of DID involves profound changes of personality structure; this book provides glimpses of these changes happening inside a client, as seen by a therapist.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jjjjordan on November 29, 2010
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What I find most helpful is the attention he pays to constructing the ability to hold paradox... to stand in many spaces and know several truths at the same time. Assisting clients to grow this capacity, this architecture, to hold without collapse, is one of the most fundamental of my tasks.
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