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Contemporary Psychoanalytic Field Theory


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Foreword by Joseph Lichtenberg

Part I The First Wave of Psychoanalytic Field Theory Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Overview of Psychoanalytic Field Theory: Past, present, and future Chapter 3 The First Model of Psychoanalytic Field Theory: The mythopoeic model Chapter 4 The Second Model of Psychoanalytic Field Theory: The plasmic model

Part II The Second Wave of Psychoanalytic Field Theory Chapter 5 The Third Model of Psychoanalytic Field Theory: The oneiric model. Chapter 6 Clinical Case: Zoe Chapter 7 Analytic Listening in the Three Models Chapter 8 The Initial Phase of Zoe's Analysis Chapter 9 Some Theoretical Considerations Regarding Clinical Process Chapter 10 Tools and Techniques of Psychoanalytic Process in the Three Field Theory Models

Part III The Third Wave of Psychoanalytic Field Theory Chapter 11 A Discussion of the Three Models of Contemporary Psychoanalytic Field Theory Chapter 12 General Psychoanalytic Fields and Their Uses Chapter 13 Concluding Remarks on Psychoanalysis as a Holistic Endeavor

About the Author

S. Montana Katz is a founding co-Director of the International Field Theory Association. She is a Training and Supervising Analyst and Senior Faculty Member at the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis.


"Analysts have come increasingly to recognize the relevance of a rather vaguely apprehended "field theory" to psychoanalysis. In this rigorous and ground-breaking book, Dr. Katz articulates and clarifies the theory, heuristic principles, and clinical techniques of psychoanalytic field theory. Dividing psychoanalysis into three models-mythopoeic, plasmic and oneiric-allows her to offer an imaginative analytic process. An immensely thoughtful and scholarly effort and a seminal contribution to a revitalized interest in the relevance of field theory to psychoanalysis"-Edgar Levenson, Fellow Emeritus, Training, Supervisory Analyst and Faculty, William Alanson White Institute, 2006 Mary S. Sigourney Award winner.

"Katz is at ease in the din created by the voices of many people expressing different thoughts. She imagines them as if they were workers, who are working in one and the same site. Montana is well aware of the fact that individuals are important, but the collective enterprise is what really matters: the attempt to build a psychoanalytic field theory, both consistent and useful to clinical practice. Montana, in this book, tells the story of this undertaking, giving a valuable contribution of ideas and clarifying the general framework."-Claudio Neri, M.D, psychoanalyst, founding member of The International Field Theory Association.

"Montana Katz offers us the first comprehensive comparison of the different kinds of psychoanalytic fields. With her incisive and probing discussion, rich with clinical illustration, Katz points the way to the future of bi-personal fields in psychoanalysis."-Madeleine Baranger, Argentine Psychoanalytic Association, 2008 Mary S. Sigourney Award winner.

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