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Doubt, Conviction and the Analytic Process


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Table of Contents

Schafer, Preface. Joseph, Introduction. Feldman, The Oedipus Complex: Manifestations in the Inner World and the Therapeutic Situation. Splitting and Projective Identification. Projective Identification: The Analyst's Involvement. The Dynamics of Reassurance. The Illumination of History. Manifestation of the Death Instinct in the Consulting Room. Envy and the Negative Therapeutic Reaction. Addressing Parts of the Self. 'I Was Thinking....' The Defensive Use of Compliance. Grievance: The Underlying Oedipal Configuration. Filled with Doubt. The Problem of Conviction in the Session.

About the Author

Michael Feldman studied psychology and medicine, and worked for many years in the Psychotherapy Unit at the Maudsley in London. He is now a training analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society and lectures and supervises clinical work in several centres in Europe and the USA. He has published numerous psychoanalytical papers, and has co-edited, with Elizabeth Spillius, Psychic Equilibrium and Psychic Change: Selected Papers of Betty Joseph (Routledge, 1989)


"Doubt Conviction and the Analytic Process is an impressive collection of thirteen clinical papers written by Michael Feldman... These papers provide a vivid account of the way in which one particular analyst works and how we can always learn more from such detailed accounts, regardless of orientation. I have already recommended this book to several trainees and supervisees and would expect to see it appearing on reading lists with regard to specific papers." - Jennifer Caccia, Journal of Analytical Psychology, Vol. 55, 2010

"Clinical work is what Michael Feldman depicts with astonishing richness and clarity in the essays contained in Doubt, Conviction, and the Analytic Process...[The book] conveys a unique understanding of the problems that arise for all of us in our psychoanalytic work. It is a book of enormous breadth, strength, and value...Feldman expands the vocabulary we might use to speak about patients and our own experience with them...A lasting contribution." - Lynne Zeavin, The Psychoanalytic Quarterly

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