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  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; New Ed edition (15 April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465030629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465030620
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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I am not a psychoanalyst, however, I must say that this is without a doubt one of the most brilliant books to explore central concepts, issues, and challenges relevant to all psychotherapists. Mitchell was a truel an amazing thinker. He provides an excellent means by which to think about the impact and process of psychotherapy, asking the basic questions of what is it that the client needs, on the one hand, and, perhaps even more poignant, what is it that we as therapists actually "know" and by what means do we know. He places the "evidence based treatment" debate in an entirely more profound and useful light, questioning some taken for granted epistemological issues that we so often take for granted.

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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Deal 27 Jan. 2003
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Mitchell was the real deal, a psychoanalyst who could speak to a broad discerning audience about hopes and dreads of being alive.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful hopes and dreads 9 Oct. 2000
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This book is one of the most enlighting, in today's psychoanalytic field. It integrates the modern thoughts in viewing the human mind and the clinical process, to gether with a critical and learned look on the traditional way. Mr. Mitchell is a brilliant representative of a modern psychoanalist who remembers where we came from, but has the courage to go further.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond libidinal impulses 21 Jun. 2003
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The major thrust of this book is exploring the world of psychoanalysis in a new light. In the traditional Freudian view, the psychoanalysis was meant to explore completely objective principles. Certain idic impulses were causing a person problems, and once these regressional idic impulses were destroyed the person was now free to live life in a healthy, though not necessarily happy, manner.
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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Mitchell's best, easiest-to-read book. Opt for this book over "Relational Concepts" ...though, really, you should read both! 23 Jan. 2015
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Although "Relational Concepts" gets the most attention as Mitchell's finest work, I think this book is even better. It's less dense, gives better clinical examples, and he presents he theories more fully. I'd recommend this as the first book to read to learn about Mitchell's ground-breaking work in developing the Relational model of psychoanalysis.

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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 9 Aug. 2014
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Very specific, a little complicated, just for Relational Psychoanalysis fans
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