Freud’s concepts have become a part of our psychological vocabulary: unconscious thoughts and feelings, conflict, the meaning of dreams, the sensuality of childhood. But psychoanalytic thinking has undergone an enormous expansion and transformation over the past fifty years. With Freud and Beyond, Stephen A. Mitchell and Margaret J. Black make contemporary psychoanalytic thinkingthe body of work that has been done since Freudavailable for the first time. Richly illustrated with case examples, this lively, jargon-free introduction makes modern psychoanalytic thought accessible at last.
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.