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BEST Psychoanalysis Books Worth Your Attention

There are countless Psychoanalysis courses, tutorials, articles available online, but for some, having a book is still a necessity to learn. This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.

1. Freud and Beyond: A History of Modern Psychoanalytic Thought (2016)

 BEST Psychoanalysis Books Worth Your AttentionSigmund 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 since Freud’s death in 1939. With Freud and Beyond, Stephen A. Mitchell and Margaret J. Black make the full scope of twentieth century psychoanalytic thinking-from Harry Stack Sullivan to Jacques Lacan; D.W. Winnicott to Melanie Klein-available for the first time. Richly illustrated with case examples, this lively, jargon-free introduction makes modern…
Author(s): Stephen A. Mitchell, Margaret J. Black

2. Practical Psychoanalysis for Therapists and Patients (2006)

 BEST Psychoanalysis Books Worth Your AttentionBy now, the term "practical psychoanalysis" has become an oxymoron. The way psychoanalytic treatment is generally conducted is extremely impractical and doesn’t serve the needs of the vast majority of potential patients, who want to achieve maximum relief from emotional distress as quickly as possible. This unfortunate state of affairs is ironic, considering that psychoanalysis became popular on the basis of its therapeutic efficacy.In this essential new book, Owen Renik describes how clinical psychoanalysis can focus on symptom relief and deliver results efficiently….
Author(s): Owen Renik

3. The Dissociative Mind in Psychoanalysis: Understanding and Working With Trauma (Relational Perspectives Book Series) (2016)

 BEST Psychoanalysis Books Worth Your AttentionThe Dissociative Mind in Psychoanalysis: Understanding and Working With Trauma is an invaluable and cutting edge resource providing the current theory, practice, and research on trauma and dissociation within psychoanalysis. Elizabeth Howell and Sheldon Itzkowitz bring together experts in the field of dissociation and psychoanalysis, providing a comprehensive and forward-looking overview of the current thinking on trauma and dissociation. The volume contains articles on the history of concepts of trauma and dissociation, the linkage of complex trauma and dissociative problems in living, different…
Author(s): Elizabeth Howell, Sheldon Itzkowitz

4. Psychoanalysis and Religion (Bantam Matrix Editions, SM 4048) (1967)

 BEST Psychoanalysis Books Worth Your AttentionPsychoanalysis, Religion…
Author(s): Erich Fromm

5. Introduction to Contemporary Psychoanalysis (2017)

 BEST Psychoanalysis Books Worth Your AttentionThis book provides a clear introduction to the main contemporary psychoanalytic theoretical perspectives. Psychoanalysis is often thought of as an obscure and outdated method, and yet those familiar with it recognize the profound value of psychoanalytic theory and technique. Part of the obscurity may come from psychoanalytic language itself, which is often impenetrable. The complexity of the subject matter has lent itself to a confusion of tongues and yet, at base, psychoanalysis remains an earnest attempt to make sense of and ease human…
Author(s): Marilyn Charles

6. Psychoanalysis: The Impossible Profession (1982)

 BEST Psychoanalysis Books Worth Your AttentionFrom the author of In the Freud Archives and The Journalist and the Murderer comes an intensive look at the practice of psychoanalysis through interviews with “Aaron Green,” a Freudian analyst in New York City.  Malcolm is accessible and lucid in describing the history of psychoanalysis and its development in the United States. It provides rare insight into the contradictory world of psychoanalytic training and treatment and a foundation for our understanding of psychiatry and mental health. ”Janet Malcom has managed somehow to peer into the reticent,…
Author(s): Janet Malcolm

7. Core Competencies of Relational Psychoanalysis (Relational Perspectives Book Series) (2017)

 BEST Psychoanalysis Books Worth Your AttentionCore Competencies of Relational Psychoanalysis provides a concise and clearly presented handbook for those who wish to study, practice, and teach the core competencies of Relational Psychoanalysis, offering primary skills in a straightforward and useable format. Roy E. Barsness offers his own research on technique and grounds these methods with superb contributions from several master clinicians, expanding the seven primary competencies: therapeutic intent, therapeutic stance/attitude; analytic listening/attunement; working within the relational dynamic, the…
Author(s): Roy E. Barsness

8. The How-To Book for Students of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (2012)

 BEST Psychoanalysis Books Worth Your AttentionThis is a book that grew out of the many practical “how-to” questions that the author’s psychotherapy students have asked him over the years. It is neither an evidence-based compendium nor an attempt to summarize general practice or the viewpoints of others, but rather a handbook of practical answers to many of the questions that may puzzle students of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. Some of the short chapters include: How to choose a personal psychoanalyst. How to do an initial interview. How to listen to a patient. How to recognize and understand self-states, multiple…
Author(s): Sheldon Bach

9. Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Therapies (Theories of Psychotherapy Series®) (2012)

 BEST Psychoanalysis Books Worth Your AttentionWinner of the 2013 Gradiva Award!In Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Therapies, Jeremy D. Safran provides a masterful and engaging overview of this uniquely important family of theories and approaches to psychotherapy, developed and refined over more than a century by key theorists, researchers and clinicians around the word. He also examines the origins of psychoanalysis as a new way of looking at inner life, and discusses its role as one of the more influential intellectual developments of the 20th century. This book charts the major turning points in the development of psychoanalytic theory, as well as cutting edge developments in theory,…
Author(s): Jeremy D. Safran

10. A Clinical Introduction to Lacanian Psychoanalysis: Theory and Technique (1999)

 BEST Psychoanalysis Books Worth Your Attention“The goal of my teaching has always been, and remains, to train analysts.”–Jacques Lacan, Seminar XI, 209Arguably the most profound psychoanalytic thinker since Freud, and deeply influential in many fields, Jacques Lacan often seems opaque to those he most wanted to reach. These are the readers Bruce Fink addresses in this clear and practical account of Lacan’s highly original approach to therapy. Written by a clinician for clinicians, Fink’s Introduction is an invaluable guide to Lacanian psychoanalysis, how it’s done, and how it differs from other forms of therapy. While elucidating many of…
Author(s): Bruce Fink

11. A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis (2016)

 BEST Psychoanalysis Books Worth Your AttentionFirst delivered and published between 1915 and 1917, these lectures see a mature Freud expound on his theories and practices which at the time were revolutionary. While generally outdated in the modern setting, the methods detailed were valuable as a benchmark upon which future psychologists and psychiatrists built in subsequent years. Designed to introduce the enthusiastic layman to the psychoanalytic techniques Freud spent decades developing and refining, A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis ranges across several key tenets of Freudian thought. Several lectures…
Author(s): Sigmund Freud, G. Stanley Hall

12. Somatic Experience in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy: In the expressive language of the living (Relational Perspectives Book Series) (2015)

 BEST Psychoanalysis Books Worth Your AttentionThe body, of both the patient and the analyst, is increasingly a focus of attention in contemporary psychoanalytic theory and practice, especially from a relational perspective. There is a renewed regard for the understanding of embodied experience and sexuality as essential to human vitality. However, most of the existing literature has been written by analysts with no formal training in body-centered work. In this book draws on his experience as a body-centered psychotherapist to offer an informed blend of the two traditions, to allow psychoanalysts a deep…
Author(s): William F. Cornell

13. Civilization and Its Discontents College Edition (1962)

 BEST Psychoanalysis Books Worth Your AttentionBook…
Author(s): Freud, Sigmund; Strachey, James [Translator]

14. Psychoanalysis: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (2015)

 BEST Psychoanalysis Books Worth Your AttentionSince its inception, psychoanalysis has been hailed as a revolutionary theory of how the mind works, whilst some of its ideas such as the Oedipus complex have become part of everyday conversation. In Psychoanalysis: A Very Short Introduction, Daniel Pick offers a lucid, lively, and wide-ranging survey of psychoanalysis. This book offers the reader a flavour of what it might be like to enter treatment, and suggests the possible surprises that can await both analyst and patient, as well as the potential benefits. Yet whilst Freud’s writings have shaped the way many of us understand dreams, desires, and destructiveness, as well as…
Author(s): Daniel Pick

Best Psychoanalysis Books Worth Your Attention

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Chain of Eros : the Actuality of the Sexula in Psychoanalysis.

Author(s): Green, André
ID: 1358977, Publisher: Karnac Books, Stylus Publishing, LLC [distributor, Year: May 2000, Size: 9 Mb, Format: pdf

Winnicott and Kohut on intersubjectivity and complex disorders : new perspectives for psychoanalysis, psychotherapy and psychiatry

Author(s): Boland, Emmet; Filc, Judith; Kohut, Heinz; Nemirovsky, Carlos; Winnicott, Donald Woods
ID: 2883049, Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2021, Size: 5 Mb, Format: pdf

The Algorithmic Unconscious: How Psychoanalysis Helps in Understanding AI

Author(s): Luca M. Possati
ID: 2887140, Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2021, Size: 23 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are absolutely hot items according to Chicago Tribune, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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