Long-Term Psychoanalytic Supervision with Donald Meltzer: The Tragedy of Triumph (Paperback)Joao Sousa Monteiro (author)
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Long-Term Psychoanalytic Supervision with Donald Meltzer is a detailed account of a particularly demanding analysis which Donald Meltzer closely supervised over twelve years. This will enable the reader to closely follow the internal life of a long-term, trying analysis. The reader can see how Meltzer's thoughts had crucially guided the course of this analysis in many of its most challenging moments, often redirecting it. By watching things happening, the reader is enabled to get a deeper insight into Meltzer's highly complex, though outstanding thought. On many particularly important points, the author invited Meltzer to give his thoughts and interpretations in his own words as if he himself was the analyst. This provides the reader with a unique opportunity to `listen' to Meltzer verbatim.
Long-Term Psychoanalytic Supervision with Donald Meltzer demonstrates the often overwhelming yet fascinating complexities of mental life and will speak to psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists, as well as those interested in the philosophy of the mind.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 544 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 mm
"I would like to congratulate [the author] for writing such a historic clinical document, and for his dedication and love, which is not the proper word for an analyst. This marvellous document so generously and openly brought to us by Dr. Sousa Monteiro enables us to witness ... the path travelled by Meltzer in his practice and in his clinical and theoretical research, a process of ongoing inquiry and revision that lasted his entire life. Basic problems in his claustrum theory, especially within the realm of perversion as seen in the light of this theory, are discussed and illustrated here with a degree of detail and depth I have not seen before in his known work. This book enabled me to witness Dr. Sousa Monteiro's work as well as the work of a great teacher. The passion for his analytic work led Dr. Sousa Monteiro to establish a close relationship with Meltzer and to write this unique document. With gratitude and affection."-Yolanda Gampel, Ph.D., Professor Dr. in Advanced Psychotherapy, Sackler Medical School, Tel-Aviv University, Israel; training, supervising and past president of the Israel Psychoanalytic Society and Institute; vice-president of the European Federation of Psychoanalysis (2001-2005); representative for Europe in the board of the IPA (2007-2011); recipient, Hayman International Prize and the Mary S. Sigourney Award, 2006
"This unusual, even unique volume, is likely to become essential reading for students of Donald Meltzer, and those interested in the creativity necessary for the psychoanalytic treatment of severe disturbance. The author provides a detailed insight into the way Meltzer approached his clinical work. One has the feeling of being in the room with them both. There are countless examples of Meltzer the clinical thinker; one of many struck me - "One can be very meticulous about technique but if you do that you may behave in an inflexible and unkind way. My own preference is that kindness should take precedence over technical rigidity." ...Irrespective of one's clinical orientation, a wealth of insights awaits the reader."-Dr Paul Williams, Ph.D., training and supervising analyst, British Psychoanalytic Society, Joint Editor-in-Chief, IJP 2001-2007
"This is a historic book. It is so genuine and creative in all its aspects that it certainly has to be published and spread widely for every analyst to have the opportunity to savor it. It is also a work of beauty...This is a book of art. The reader will see Meltzer distilling Kleinian, Bionian and Meltzerian concepts naturally blossoming out of the material displayed. One will also find original concepts that for whatever reason did not make it into formal books or articles by Meltzer. Sousa Monteiro finds an original way of making a book that has the reports of thirteen years of analytic sessions, thirteen years of clinical supervisions with Meltzer and many more years of the experience of Meltzer stimulated by the patient and the analyst at work. For colleagues who have not known him it will be a discovery that might blow them away, as I first was when finding Donald."- Dr Robert Olsener M.D., training and supervising analyst, Seattle Institute of Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Centre of California; teacher, San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute, USA and Berlin Psychoanalytic Institute, Germany
"This is an excellent book...The detailed, verbatim account of this long supervision with Donald Meltzer brings his voice back to those of us who knew him and reminds us of what we have lost. The author does this in a remarkably sensitive and vivid way. I can't think of any document of a supervision quite like it in the psychoanalytic literature."-Dr. Robert Caper, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry; Training and supervising analyst, Member of Melanie Klein Trust
"This book is about passion, truth and kindness. Passion, truth and kindness are present in the relationship between Meltzer and Sousa Monteiro in those twelve years of supervision with one of the most creative, generous and intuitive psychoanalysts in the last years of his life ...Much more than a book about a very special supervision, this is an act of love, a tribute to psychoanalysis and to Donald Meltzer. It is very difficult to find words to describe the feeling of thankfulness that overflows from the pages of this captivating book. But I am sure that each new reader will recognize this feeling in his own mind. Thank you very much Donald Meltzer and Joao Sousa Monteiro."-Renato Trachtenberg, M.D., training and supervising analyst, Brazilian Psychoanalytic Society of Porto Alegre; full Member, Buenos Aires Psychoanalytic Association and the Psychoanalytic Studies Centre of Porto Alegre.
"The author brings very generously his long experience supervising with Donald Meltzer...he shares with us the wonderful clinical wisdom of Donald Meltzer ...We can "see", reading this book, an analyst working and through the supervision's Meltzer's very rich and clinical conception of psychoanalysis. One comes away from it with a "binocular" vision and a deep appreciation for the author's generosity."-Lia Pistiner de Cortinas, Ph.D., training and supervising analyst, Argentine Psychoanalytic Association; Professor, post-graduate psychology, University of Buenos Aires
"The author presents us with a rare opportunity to hear Meltzer work in supervision with an analysis over several years. From the very beginning, Meltzer delves into emotional depths, captivating the reader in suspense and fascination. Meltzer's faith in the analytic process and in the unconscious workings of the mind is compelling. Many of his theoretical concepts...come alive in a vivid and clinically useful style. Joao Sousa Monteiro's sensitivity, analytic depth and openness make this journey through an analysis a profoundly moving experience. We are all enriched by his venture."-Avner Bergstein, training and supervising analyst, Israel Psychoanalysis Society
"The creativity and clinical acumen of Donald Meltzer have attained almost legendary status...This volume reveals Meltzer's profound and imaginative clinical thinking ...As such, it should be of great interest and value to analysts of all schools. (Readers) will come away with a vivid experience of what it must have been like to work with Meltzer and their thinking and practice will be enriched by his many suggestions and propositions."-Howard Levine, M.D., training and supervising analyst, Massachusetts Institute of Psychoanalysis, founding member, Group for the Study of Psychoanalytic Processes and the Boston Group for Psychoanalytic Studies; North America representative, IPA Board
"Meltzer was one of the most creative of the Klenians and to work this long and close with such a creative spirit is a real gift. A good deal of the wisdom that grew in a long life of psychic exploration is transmitted to us, channelled and amplified by Mr. Monteiro...Monteiro masterfully and tenderly guides us through labyrinths that close over us, finding paths and openings that make it more than worthwhile."-Michael Eigen, Ph.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology, Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, New York University (adjunct); Senior Member, National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis; former editor, The Psychoanalytic Review; author of twenty-six books
"This extraordinary text has all the attributes to become a didactic textbook for colleagues to get acquainted with the detailed unedited inside story of a psychoanalytic treatment. And should be an encouragement for others to follow the example of this new genre in psychoanalytic writing, one that is borne out of conviction, endurance, commitment, integrity and, as mentioned above, a love for psychoanalysis and a devoted respect for an outstanding teacher. It is a privilege to be a witness of this masterclass in the technical management of a borderline claustrum dweller and the observation of the countertransference experience of being buffeted by a tyrannical reluctant and compulsive part of the patient."-Alberto Hahn M.D., full Member, British Psychoanalytic Society
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