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Freud and Beyond: A History of Modern Psychoanalytic Thought Paperback – August 9, 1996
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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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Top customer reviews
The authors nicely reference back to previous chapters and draw comparisons that greatly help a differentiated understanding.
As for the kindle edition, it is by all means readable and the text flows nicely. However, chapters and subheadings don't seem to be recognized as such, making navigating more difficult. A bit more attention to detail for the digital edition would have been nice. Yet, if you just want to read the book cover to cover, you won't be bothered by these shortfalls.
Book - 5 stars
Kindle edition - 3 stars
=> 4 stars.
Although it is just an introduction to the field, I feel like I learned more from this single book than I did my entire first year in graduate school. It effortlessly achieves the balancing act of including enough detail while still maintaining a sense of perspective.
The book also explores a psychoanalytic model for the cause of autism (when it is caused that way!) and it's cure, as well as discuss why Freud split with Wilhelm Reich and why he also split with Carl Jung. And the book ends with an in-depth discussion of the teachings of Gurdjieff, whose work really can be seen as an extension or expansion of Freud's psychoanalytic model. The point I am making is that if one wants to truly go beyond Freud, then it is important to integrate Rapaport's insightful work as well as the work of Gurdjieff, who, like Freud, sees man as basically an unconscious being, but unlike Freud, proposes very practical solutions to waking up. A complete model of mind should lead one to higher states of consciousness. Freud's work provides a first step, but to go "Beyond" it is now time for Gurdjieff to gain his proper place in mainstream psychology.
Overall, I highly recommend Mitchell and Black's book, but I am also suggesting if the reader truly wants to go "beyond" Freud, then consider [...].