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Hope And Dread In Pychoanalysis (Anywhere But Naxos) Paperback – 15 Apr 1995
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The very title of the book says it all: Hope and dread, and he does not simply talk about the client, but the therapist as well. It is powerful stuff to think about the therapeutic process as one of both hope and dread: we hope for change but we dread it as well. As clinicians, we have great hopes for our clients and yet we dread what we may learn about ourselves.
The relational paradigm is one that I only wish that I had been introduced to during my graduate training. A book such as this one should be required reading for all aspiring psychotherapists, and it is unfortunate that there is so much sectarianism in psychology that we do not talk between each other, when it would appear that there is and increasing convergence between paradigms.
What I like the most is his discussion on the self. Mitchell develops a powerful conceptual framework for making sense of the self, positing BOTH spatial (Cartesian) and temporal (relational)selves. His discussion of authenticity is refreshing in an age where such constructs are often deemed to be "quaint" or of fashion, when, indeed, they constitute key existential issues that are of central concern to many.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough!
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This book is honest about human nature, unflinchingly so, and it offers very specific, well-reasoned arguments about what human relationships can do for people (and for that matter, can't), and how that happens.
How sad that he died just as he seemed to be entering a prolific period.
Because of this objective thrust, the psychologist was seen as a very remote and impersonal figure. The new turn in psychology that is being explored is that the psychologist now should help the patient explore the subjective world. This includes analyzing dreams, (though popular in Freud's day, has since fallen from grace), thoughts, feelings, and perceptions. All of these things are also subjected to change. The new view that is being supported is that the relationship between two groups must become better known, and this is where the psychoanalytic process takes place, not in replacing libidinal impulses.
There has been a paradigm shift in psychoanalysis in the past 20ish years. All psychodynamic clinicians need to understand this paradigm shift. This book is one of the best available towards this end.