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Absolute Truth and Unbearable Psychic Pain: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Concrete Experience (CIPS Series on the Boundaries of Psychoanalysis)

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"I found the papers in the book to be theoretically and technically useful for working with an array of concrete experiences, now more broadly defined not by the content of experience but by the quality. The authors write from different theoretical perspectives, but they are never tendentious, allowing the reader to comfortably engage with their clinical material without feeling a need to exclusively adopt their points of view. Psychoanalysts of all persuasions will find the book valuable and helpful, an opportunity to think about theory in clinical context and discover ways of intervening with difficult patients." (Kenneth Winarick, Ph.D. The American Journal of Psychoanalysis)

"This timely, thoughtful book delves into the burgeoning psychoanalytic topic of 'thinking about thinking'. The Editor has chosen wisely in inviting a wide range of perspectives that demonstrate the excitement and complexity of integrating this essential and important task into our understanding of the therapeutic process. Reading it will be of invaluable help for the clinician who works with a broad spectrum of patients and is interested in expanding and refining treatment methods and techniques. Sophisticated and enjoyable to read, this book brings its readers to the forefront of our contemporary discourse and is a most stimulating contribution to 'thinking about thinking'." (Fred Busch, Ph.D.)

"For people who are willing to work with patients who experience their feelings on a concrete (or desymbolised) level and who can be very inaccessible to an analyst’s attempts to reach them, this book is a very positive and encouraging statement about what work can be done. With incredibly sensitive and open discourse, each chapter reveals how, using many different aspects of one’s self and not being put off by the long time it takes to reach such patients, one can eventually get to the underlying unbearable psyche pain that leads to concrete thinking. Rather than believing that these patients aren’t capable of 'analytic work', these analysts over time help their patients to transform concrete thinking to higher level abstract and symbolic thought and show how trauma can be eventually worked through. Congratulations to Allan Frosch and his group of excellent contributors for such an encouraging and important book." (Carolyn Ellman, PhD)

"This volume is a highly thoughtful, informative resource of cumulative and creative psychoanalytic thought. The title speaks for itself: Absolute Truth and Unbearable Psychic Pain is the psychoanalytic translation of a stubborn and persistent clinical phenomenon into the language of dynamic conflictual thought. Hence this is a veritable laboratory of clinical wisdom in status nascendi. Every chapter contains a common message. Each gives a documentation and affirmation that a “miraculous” abstraction can arise in the course of analytic treatment. Each chapter is also unique in that it offers distinct accounts of patients with varying clinical challenges, selective use of technique, 'what to listen for' and whether or how to interpret. Each chapter needs to be read, it needs to be absorbed, and hence the book should be read in its entirety." (Norbert Freedman, PhD)

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Allan Frosch
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