The late Stephen A. Mitchell (right) with Lewis Aron
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The late Stephen A. Mitchell (right) with Lewis Aron
The Relational Perspectives Book Series (RPBS), edited by Lewis Aron & Adrienne Harris, publishes books that grow out of or contribute to the relational tradition in contemporary psychoanalysis.
We refer to the relational tradition, rather than to a relational school, to highlight that we are identifying a trend, a tendency within contemporary psychoanalysis, not a more formally organized or coherent school or system of beliefs. Our use of the term ‘relational’ signifies a dimension of theory and practice that has become salient across the wide spectrum of contemporary psychoanalysis. Now under the editorial supervision of Lewis Aron and Adrienne Harris, the Relational Perspectives Book Series originated in 1990 under the editorial eye of the late Stephen A. Mitchell. Mitchell was the most prolific and influential of the originators of the relational tradition. He was committed to dialogue among psychoanalysts and he abhorred the authoritarianism that dictated adherence to a rigid set of beliefs or technical restrictions. He championed open discussion, comparative and integrative approaches, and he promoted new voices across the generations.
Included in the Relational Perspectives Book Series are authors and works that come from within the relational tradition, extend and develop the tradition, as well as works that critique relational approaches or compare and contrast it with alternative points of view. The series includes our most distinguished senior psychoanalysts along with younger contributors who bring fresh vision.
Adrienne Harris and Lewis Aron
Co-Editors; the Relational Perspectives Book Series, Routledge
Books and Other Work:
|1)||A Psychotherapy for the People:Mutuality in Psychoanalysis
Authors: Lewis Aron
"A Psychotherapy for the People is unique, unusually daring, intellectually adventurous and highly illuminating. Aron and Starr are guided by a humane and complex vision that encompasses the vulnerability and social trauma, the human failings and strengths that underlay a great intellectual achievement. They offer a sorely needed perspective on the binary oppositions and patriarchal biases that snagged so many psychoanalytic thinkers. This is a book that could well frame the central issues for everyone who hopes to preserve the talking cure, the dynamic therapy that can serve us all."
|2)||A Meeting of Minds: Toward a Progressive Psychoanalysis
Authors: Lewis Aron
"Combining a historically rigorous view of psychoanalytic theory with a sure grasp of the intricacies of practice, Aron makes a passionate and intelligent plea for the ineluctable openness of the psychoanalytic relationship and the knowledge we seek in it. I cannot imagine anyone seriously interested in psychoanalysis today who will not be challenged and enlightened by it."
"An extraordinarily thoughtful, scholarly, and, above all, readable exegesis on the new wave of relational/interpersonal positions at the cutting edge of contemporary psychoanalysis.
|Answering a Question with a Question: Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Jewish Thought.
edited by Lewis Aron, Libby Henik
In the Jewish tradition, it is incumbent upon every generation to attempt to find meaning in its history. Meaning is co-created within the context of the inter-subjective field of a meeting of minds. Psychoanalysis, in some respects like the Jewish tradition from which it emerged, represents a body of thought about man’s relation to himself and to others, and places great value on the influence of memory, narrative, and history in creating meaning within the dyadic relationship of analyst and patient. In Answering a Question with a Question: Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Jewish Thought, Editors, Aron and Henik, have brought together an international collection of contemporary scholars and clinicians to address the interface and the mutual influence of Jewish thought and modern psychoanalysis.
"Freud famously had one foot in fin de siecle Vienna and the other in the world of his fellow Jews. His ambivalence about the gap between the Greco-Christian intellectual tradition of secular Vienna and his own Rabbinic tradition has been amply explored and documented. In this rich and original book, Aron and Henik bring these issues into the present. In keeping with relational and post-modern precepts, this effort is dialogic and intertextual; that is, it is not about Freud’s dilemma, but rather about exploring and extending contemporary mutual influences. Brilliant and enlightening, this book represents a wide and impressive spectrum of scholarship, and will be of great value to anyone interested in the interface between Judaism, psychoanalysis and culture. So, what’s not to like?"
"Lewis Aron and Libby Henik have edited a fresh and intellectually challenging collection of essays. Each contributor has original insights into the history and practice of psychoanalysis, the fascinating question of Freud’s Jewishness, and the role of psychoanalysis in modern Jewish self-understanding.
|4)||Repair of the Soul: Metaphors of Transformation in Jewish Mysticism and Psychoanalysis
Author: Karen E. Starr, Psy.D.
Foreword by Lewis Aron, Ph.D.
Routledge, formerly The Analytic Press, Relational Perspectives Book Series, 2008.
|5)||Relational Psychoanalysis, Vol 5: Evolution of Process
Authors: Adrienne Harris, Lewis Aron
Building on the success and importance of three previous volumes, Relational Psychoanalysis continues to expand and develop the relational turn. Under the keen editorship of Lewis Aron and Adrienne Harris, and comprised of the contributions of many of the leading voices in the relational world, volumes 4 and 5 carry on the legacy of this rich and diversified psychoanalytic approach: Volume 4 takes a fresh look at developments in relational theory, and volume 5 demonstrates that theory in practice and process. Various topics bear investigation, including enactment, subjectivity and intersubjectivity, multiplicity of self-states, disclosure, trauma, fantasy, thirdness, and social construction, as well as issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, and culture. Thoughtful, capacious, and integrative, these two new volumes place the leading edge of relational thought close at hand, and push the boundaries of the relational turn that much closer to the horizon.
|6)||Relational Psychoanalysis, Vol 4: Expansion of Theory
Authors: Adrienne Harris, Lewis Aron
|7)||Relational Psychoanalysis, Vol 3: New Voices
Authors: Melanie Suchet, Adrienne Harris, Lewis Aron
Relational psychoanalysis has revivified psychoanalytic discourse by attesting to the analyst's multidimensional subjectivity and then showing how this subjectivity opens to deeper insights about the experience of the analysand. Volume 3 of Relational Psychoanalysis enlarges this ongoing project in significant ways. Here, leading relational theorists explore the cultural, racial, class-conscious, gendered, and even traumatized anlagen of the self as pathways to clinical understanding.
The contributors to Relational Psychoanalysis: New Voices are boldly unconventional in their topics, in their modes of discourse, and in their innovative and often courageous uses of self. Collectively, they convey the ever widening scope of the relational sensibility. The "relational turn" keeps turning.
"Relational psychoanalysis, once the unruly upstart speaking truth to power, has now been on the psychoanalytic scene for a generation, long enough to have become the Establishment. Consider the raw power of the relational turn, a perspective still so young, yet one that so quickly became a tradition, indeed the tradition to reckon with. Be careful what you wish for! The founding generation, many of whom appear in this collection writing in novel or unusual idioms, began as outsiders with an inside track. Many had already made their mark, others were just poised to do so, but all were familiar with the ways and means of power. They were confident, even giddy about how to be truly radical without being irrelevant. Their democratic vision, moral will, and raw originality are vibrantly in evidence on every page of this volume from the conditions of its inception-- senior authors joining with new voices to create the fresh air change without the spoilage of repudiation -- to the nature of the book's concerns; the analyst's partial and troubled subjectivity not only in the consulting room, but more radically, the analyst and patient as actors, subjects and objects in a global world. The book exhibits relational psychoanalysis as a mature theory in a state of permanent revolution, one that has accomplished a paradigm shift in what constitutes a psychoanalytic tradition. We will find trusted and revered concepts turned to new purposes on every page. Eventually it will become clear that relational theory has become so supple and polyglot that it has breached the levees of any simple notion of a school or model. This is not a book about the theory and practice of relational psychoanalysis. It is about where those who love and work in the relational tradition are going, and where they want to take us."
|8)||Relational Psychoanalysis, Vol 2: Innovation and Expansion
Authors: Lewis Aron and Adrienne Harris
The "relational turn" has transformed the field of psychoanalysis, with an impact that cuts across different schools of thought and clinical modalities. In the six years following publication of Volume 1, Relational Psychoanalysis: The Emergence of a Tradition, relational theorizing has continued to develop, expand, and challenge the parameters of clinical discourse. It has been a period of loss, with the passing of Stephen A. Mitchell and Emmanuel Ghent, but also a period of great promise, marked by the burgeoning publication of relational books and journals and the launching of relational training institutes and professional associations. Volume 2, Relational Psychoanalysis: The Emergence of a Tradition, brings together key papers of the recent past that exemplify the continuing growth and refinement of the relational sensibility. In selecting these papers, editors Lewis Aron and Adrienne Harris have stressed the shared relational dimension of different psychoanalytic traditions, and they have used such commonalities to structure the best recent contributions to the literature. The topics covered in Volume 2 reflect both the evolution of psychoanalysis and the unique pathways that leading relational writers have been pursuing and in some cases establishing.
|9)||Relational Psychoanalysis: The Emergence of a Tradition
Authors: Stephen A. Mitchell and Lewis Aron
Over the course of the past 15 years, there has been a vast sea change in American psychoanalysis. It takes the form of a broad movement away from classical psychoanalytic theorizing grounded in Freud's drive theory toward models of mind and development grounded in object relations concepts. In clinical practice as well there has been a corresponding movement away from the classical principles of neutrality, abstinence, and anonymity toward an interactive vision of the analytic situation that places the analytic relationship, with its powerful, reciprocal affective currents, in the foreground. The wellspring of these innovations is the work of a group of psychoanalysts who have struggled to integrate aspects of interpersonal psychoanalysis, various British object relations theories, and psychoanalytic feminism. Relational Psychoanalysis: The Emergence of a Tradition brings together for the first time the seminal papers of the major authors within this tradition. Each paper is accompanied by an introduction in which the editors place it in its historical context and by a new afterward in which the author suggests subsequent developments in his or her thinking. This book is an invaluable resource for any clinical practitioner, teacher, or student of psychoanalysis interested in exploring the exciting developments of recent years.
|10)||The Legacy of Sandor Ferenczi
Authors: Lewis Aron and Adrienne Harris
This book is available as a free pdf download from the Ferenczi Center website. A donation to the Center would be appreciated.
|11)||Relational Perspectives on the Body
Edited By Lewis Aron and Frances Sommer Anderson
"In recent years, psychoanalytic investigation has focused so extensively on the intersubjective and interrelational that we could lose sight of the importance of bodily experience and bodily phenomena. In this timely collection, Aron and Anderson have brought together clinicians writing at the leading edge of psychoanalytic scholarship to examine the place of the body within the intersubjective context. All of us have a psychosomatic potential, and in Relational Perspectives on the Body psychoanalysis continues to struggle with the body/mind matrix, the role of the body in self-organization, gender issues and the body, and the meaning of bodily expressions on the psychoanalytic stage. This book will be of immense interest not only to psychoanalysts and other mental health professionals, but to everyone intrigued by the workings of the psychosoma and the body-mind relationship."
“Occasionally we hear talk of a book in our field that is destined to influence the practice of psychoanalysis as much by its therapeutic 'rightness' as by its conceptual persuasiveness. Aron and Anderson's Relational Perspectives on the Body will be such a book: a masterful blend of essays on mind/body wholeness and its inseparability from the self/other wholeness that links the intersubjective world of patient and analyst in a shared psychosomatic reality. Like a stalking lioness, each astonishingly lithe and muscular chapter leaps at the mind of the reader - especially an unwary reader anticipating a casual intellectual stroll. Scholarly and timely, this volume offers a clinical approach toward working with bodily states of mind in a relational context that, I predict, will inform the thinking of all analysts for years to come."
Launched in 1991, PSYCHOANALYTIC DIALOGUES was founded on the premise that within the diverse world of psychoanalysis there had developed a set of overlapping perspectives that regarded~ relational configurations of self and others, real and fantasied, as the primary units of human motivation and psychodynamic explanation. These perspectives emerged within interpersonal psychoanalysis; British object relations theories; self psychology; the empirical traditions of infancy research and child development; and certain currents of contemporary Freudian thought. This common relational model has come to provide a vitalizing framework within which clinical contributions can be situated and developed.
Lewis Aron was among the founders of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and has been an Associate Editor of the journal from its inception.
~~~ Psychoanalytic Dialogues is dedicated to facilitating debate among theoreticians and clinicians working within this array of relational perspectives. Now published bimonthly, it continues to explore common ground; to clarify differences; and to raise the level of debate within the analytic community above slogans and formulas-- all in the interest of enhancing our understanding of the intricate richness of the psychoanalytic process.