Intricate Engagements confronts a fundamental challenge of contemporary psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. At each clinical moment psychotherapists are flooded with possibilities. To manage this situation they often take refuge in preconceived ideas about psychology and change. Intricate Engagements helps therapists find their way through and out of this maze. Dr. Frankel shows how to chart a course through the moment-to-moment uncertainty of the therapeutic situation in a way that maintains the compelling immediacy and often terrifying intimacy required for two people to influence one another.
As Dr. Frankel demonstrates in a wide-ranging review, the major psychoanalytic theories conflict too much on key points to provide sufficient direction. Research in the field is rudimentary. However, by assessing and comparing these sources, consulting the literature on child development, and undertaking an extensive retrospective study of his own clinical work, Dr. Frankel is able to construct an alternative model.
His theory pictures the mind as consisting of semi-autonomous relationship units with closely linked internalized and current dimensions. Its recommendations for technique emphasize the limitations of a therapist's knowledge and the collaborative effort that is required to move beyond it. Therapist and patient work together to identify a path toward understanding and change. Overall, Dr. Frankel describes a rich, practical, and flexible framework from which to initiate the profound transformation in both patient and therapist that is the goal of psychotherapeutic work.
This is a very impressive book. It addresses the current state of foment in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, and offers a new conceptualization of the workings of psychotherapeutic technique and process. Dr. Frankel's unique approach, candor, thoughtfulness, and creativity emphatically capture one's interest and stimulate one's own thinking. This well-researched and thoughtful volume makes an important and timely contribution to our still-evolving understanding of analytic treatment.--Calvin Settlage, M.D.
|A Note on Terminology||p. xxiii|
|Searching for Principles|
|Discovering the Patient||p. 3|
|Guidelines for Theory and Action||p. 17|
|Searching for Common Principles||p. 45|
|The Facilitating Relationship in Clinical Practice||p. 71|
|Reconstituting the Analytic Relationship||p. 89|
|The Facilitating Relationship in Childhood||p. 115|
|Applications to the Therapeutic Situation||p. 133|
|A Relationship-Unit Model|
|The Self and Object Constellation||p. 155|
|Assessment and Intervention||p. 179|
|A Tool for Organizing Clinical Data||p. 189|
|The Model Applied|
|The Analytic Field||p. 203|
|Analytic Change||p. 223|
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Series: Library of Object Relations
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st January 1995
Publisher: JASON ARONSON INC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.51 x 14.61
Weight (kg): 0.49