Authenticity in the Psychoanalytic Encounter brings together Irma Brenman Pick's original contributions to psychoanalytic technique. Working within the Kleinian tradition, she produces vivid clinical narratives that succeed in shedding a humane light on the struggles that patients - and, indeed, all of us - face in recognising, in an authentic way, our need for, and the contribution of, others in our lives.
Brenman Pick is interested in the infantile antecedents of conflict in her patients, and the book demonstrates the attention needed to sense how these may be present in the patient's clinical material. This involves an ability to understand the complex and sophisticated unconscious phantasies that are alive in the patient's mind. She combines this with a creative clinical imagination that allows her to address these expertly in the here-and-now of the analytic encounter. A particular feature of this is the way Brenman Pick uses the analyst's countertransference to bring in ways in which the struggle over authenticity also extends to the analyst. The focus on authenticity runs through the book and brings an interesting and original perspective to the topics discussed, which include adolescence, sexual identity, stealing and its relationship to the acknowledgement of dependency, the experience of uncertainty, concern for the object, destructiveness, creativity and the striving towards integration.
These contributions will prove invaluable to psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and other mental health professionals interested in deepening their understanding of the complex relationships that can arise in the consulting room.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Number of pages: 234
Weight: 372 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 mm
'Irma Brenman Pick, among the most respected and admired analysts in the British Society, is particularly known, and her work particularly valued, for her emotional acuity, her close and sensitive attention to what goes on within the analytic couple. The papers in this book vividly illustrate her ability to keep in mind the pressures, impulses and defences of both partners in the analytic couple and the way these play out in the analytic process, sometimes interfereing with it. Brenman-Pick has become a valued teacher internationally. This book is sure to interest her many admirers, and to introduce her important work to a larger audience.'
-Priscilla Roth, Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst, Fellow, British Psychoanalytic Society
'These papers reflect the wealth and depth of Irma Brenman-Pick's clinical experience. She explores the range of unconscious phantasies that embody both the patient's destructiveness, and their more positive feelings. Her vivid clinical vignettes show, with courage and sensitivity, the impact such phantasies have on the analyst, and demonstrates an impressive capacity to recognise and to work through what the patient evokes in the analyst and how this interacts with elements in the analyst's own personality.'
-Michael Feldman, Chair, Melanie Klein Trust
`Irma Brenman Pick's gift to psychoanalysis is to recognise, accept and explore the paradox that the authentic is always shadowed by the inauthentic. Her open and honest clinical accounts of her psychoanalytic work take the reader beyond the recognition of the patient's projections to the more painful process of allowing herself to be genuinely affected by them; sometimes as uncomfortably truthful observations of the analyst, at other times resenting their intrusion, but always used as resources for new insights. Authenticity in the Psychoanalytic Encounter is an antidote to the idealization of psychoanalysis and the omnipotence of the psychoanalyst, and can only lead to more authentic practice.'
-Donald Campbell, past President, British Psychoanalytical Society
'Although the subject matter is complex Brenman Pick's style is clear, accessible and without jargon. The reader is assisted by the author's generous use of vignettes from her clinical and supervisory practice which succinctly illustrate her theses, linking theory to clinical practice. This book would be useful to trainees, those recently qualified and also to experienced practitioners in that it articulates and illuminates many complex issues we all struggle with in our day to day work.'
-Joanna Lee, MA, Psychodynamic Practice Journal