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Bruce Fink
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5 Aug 1999
This is an introduction to Jacques Lacan's approach to therapy, from the point of view of a practitioner faced with the question of diagnosis. How it is done and how it differs from other forms of therapy is examined, and many of his theoretical notions are explored. At each point of the treatment the analyst's aims and interventions are explained, and four case studies are used to illustrate Lacan's structural approach to diagnosis. These cases take up both theoretical and clinical issues in Lacan's views of psychosis, perversion, and neurosis, and highlight the very different approaches to treatment that different situations demand.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press; New Ed edition (5 Aug 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674135369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674135369
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 16.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 274,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bruce Fink is a practicing Lacanian psychoanalyst, analytic supervisor, and Professor of Psychology at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He trained as a psychoanalyst in France for seven years with and is now a member of the psychoanalytic institute Lacan created shortly before his death, the École de la Cause Freudienne in Paris, and is also an affiliated member of the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.

He is the author of four books on Lacan, a translator of Lacan's work into English (including Seminar XX: Encore, and Écrits: The First Complete Edition in English), and has written a novel whose main character is loosely based on Lacan: The Psychoanalytic Adventures of Inspector Canal (London: Karnac, 2010).

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Bruce Fink has established his place as one of the central authorities on Lacan in this country, without peer in his familiarity with all phases of Lacan's work and in the clarity of his exegeses...Professor Fink presents something that has not yet been seen in America, and rarely approached with such perspicacity anywhere: an introduction to Lacanian psychoanalysis not only as theory, but as clinical methodology and practice.--Kenneth Reinhard, University of California, Los Angeles

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Bruce Fink is Professor of Psychology at Duquesne University and a practicing psychoanalyst. He is the author of The Lacanian Subject: Between Language and Jouissance, the coeditor of two collections of papers on Jacques Lacan, and the translator of Lacan's Seminar XX, Seminar VIII,and Ecrits (new complete edition).

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Dr. Fink has managed in this text to provide readers from various backgrounds with crucial links between Lacanian theory and practice. It is especially useful for those already acquainted with Lacan's writing from a philosophical perspective who wish to see the application of his work. Whether one is a clinician or not, anyone with an interest in Lacan and psychoanalytic theory should read this book. The discussion is penetrating and the case studies illuminating. A very rewarding read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A few words may say a lot. 16 Mar 1999
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It is the first time ,in my opinion,that an ambitious attempt to approach a "difficult"discourse achieves its aim :to develop in a brief and explicit way without any extravagant simplifications a theoritical laying concerning the function of human psychic apparatus.The detailed footnotes and the lucid bibliography form one more advantage of the book. In short,although this could be characterised as an unusual attempt for the American psychoanalytic scheming ,the overall outcome is enviable. Alkis Melidoniotis,MD Department of Psychiatry Naval Hospital of Crete Greece
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As a student half way though a post-grad level psychotherapy / counselling training, the work of Lacan forms part of my sylabus. If you're unfamiliar with Lacan's work then you may wish to consider that it's mystifying stuff at first - this is not 'explain it like I'm five years old' territory and if you want to get a even a rudimentary feel for much of his work and thought, you need to be prepared for some heavy lifting. Opinion is quite divided on his work and usefulness, and he seems rather take-it-or-leave-it in my experience of psychotherapy professionals. Lacan's a funny one, utterly fascinating, seductive and a bit of a showman, whilst often being obscure to the point of absurdity, in my opinion. My theory is that he hated the vulgarisation of Freud's work, which he loved above all else ('It is up to you to be Lacanians if you wish. I am a Freudian'). His work seems to resist this degradation and misunderstanding by virtue, if that's the word, of its inaccessibility. It's is taken very seriously on the continent and in South America in many areas areas of discourse beyond psychoanalysis so you really ought to make some inroads, tough as this may seem at first.

And yes, it may be tough, but fear not intrepid student. For, as much as is possible, our author Fink has spent what must've been the best part of a lifetime decoding the pronouncements and pontifications of this infuriatingly obscurantist, obstinately obdurate and most perfect of charlatans. Lacan might be taking us for a ride but with Fink as a tour guide at least you end up with some sense of the scenery as it flies past your bemused gaze. Resultantly it's hard not to end up with some extremely useful critical thinking tools, without the need to spend your whole life in a Parisian coffee shop.
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I love this writer, and read other boOKS BY HIM. he clearly loves his work-will pass this book o. Good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Useful 27 July 2001
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My familiarity with the language of psychoanalysis has come primarily through its usage by post-structural and feminist theorists. Reading this text has been like discovering a rosetta stone. The clinical examples that Fink uses has put flesh, so to speak, on some difficult and disembodied ideas with which I have previously struggled. Politically I find myself at great odds with Fink's forays into social commentary, but even this has been incredibly instructive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eye-opening presentation 15 Nov 2001
By Emberek - Published on Amazon.com
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"A Clinical Introduction to Lacanian Psychoanalysis" is a much more accessible book that its factual title implies. Author Bruce Fink does an admirable job of presenting the thought of Jacques Lacan, a French "poststructuralist" who built his theory on the work of Freud. After reading Fink on Lacan, I wondered if Lacan himself was ever as accessible. What makes this book so comprehensible is that Fink bases his discussion on Lacan's own admirably simple schemata of the varieties of mental disorders. At the same time, Fink understands and explains those cultural tendencies in the thought of Lacan that might put off an English-speaking reader. And Fink's writing style is nothing short of clear. His discussion of Freud's "Rat man" case is an excellent introduction to Freud's clinical style. In short, "Clinical Introduction" is a highly attractive book whose success both enhanced, in my eyes, the reputation of Lacan, a tough French thinker, and, through the example of Fink, showed Anglo-American appreciation of Continental thought at its sensitive best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE best intro into Lacan Part 2 14 Mar 2005
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Along with his book "The Lacanian Subject," this book of Fink's is THE best introduction for the English reader. To be sure, this book does not present the entire Lacanian project, but that is not its intention. Rather, Fink is trying to give the reader a basis with which s/he can go to the Seminars of Lacan. Indeed, it effectively accomplishes just this! For me, the highlight of this book is how it presents Lacan in his relation to Freud. By doing this, we get a very good look at what Lacan meant by performing his now famous "Return to Freud." To get a good introductory handle on Lacan, one MUST read these two books by Fink!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A few words may say a lot 16 Mar 1999
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It is the first time ,in my opinion,that an ambitious attempt to approach a "difficult"discourse achieves its aim :to develop in a brief and explicit way without any extravagant simplifications a theoritical laying concerning the function of human psychic apparatus.The detailed footnotes and the lucid bibliography form one more advantage of the book. In short,although this could be characterised as an unusual attempt for the American psychoanalytic scheming ,the overall outcome is enviable. Alkis Melidoniotis,MD Department of Psychiatry Naval Hospital of Crete Greece
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5.0 out of 5 stars A few words may say a lot. 16 Mar 1999
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It is the first time ,in my opinion,that an ambitious attempt to approach a "difficult"discourse achieves its aim :to develop in a brief and explicit way without any extravagant simplifications a theoritical laying concerning the function of human psychic apparatus.The detailed footnotes and the lucid bibliography form one more advantage of the book. In short,although this could be characterised as an unusual attempt for the American psychoanalytic scheming ,the overall outcome is enviable. Alkis Melidoniotis,MD Department of Psychiatry Naval Hospital of Crete Greece
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