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Introduction to Psychoanalysis: Contemporary Theory and Practice Paperback – 26 Oct 1995

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Throughout they give a measured, critical appraisal of psychoanalytic thought and practice; both its strengths and weaknesses ... I found it an extremely helpful exposition of what analysts now think, why they think it, and what they now do as a result. - British Association of Counselling Practice

This extensively researched and usefully referenced book deserves the place it aspires to as an introductory text. - International Journal of Psycho-analysis


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I'm a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and I know this book well. The title might mislead you but this is not a book intended for the general public. And I also think that its not an introduction either. This is a review of the major psychoanalytic schools of thought. Also, being the pinpoint of general ideas, if you haven't studied them before and underwent psychoanalysis or therapy yourself, there is no way you can understand what they really mean. So I guess that the book is really of little or no use to the lay public and therapists alike. There are others that are much better, and here goes my advice. If you have little or no contact with psychoanalysis, Freud's basic texts are where you should beguine. But my favorite introduction has to be Charles Brenner's "An elementary textbook of psychoanalysis". It's theoretically outdated and much is left out, but is a brilliantly simple read. Mind that you will never understand psychoanalysis through a book, you'll have to live it first. And for that matter, Brenner's book is one of the best you can get. Bateman's book however might be good for psychoanalytic students revising for a seminar or a papper.
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This is a good book, but it is not an easy read. I am 6 months into some long term psychoanalytic therapy and have no medical or psychoanalytical training. However I am deeply interested and after about 6 months of looking at various miscellaneous sources on the Web I wanted to get a decent book to go through some of the basic theory in greater detail. There are many new words I've never seen or heard in here, but if you're willing to look them up the complexities of some of the ideas do become clearer. I was concerned that finding out more of the theory could add to my intellectual defences in therapy, but this does not seem to be the case - my emotional reaction to my therapist is increasingly strong. And its because of this emotional impact that (early days yet I know) it feels like overall the process might be worthwhile. Knowing more on the history, major players, and theory of psychoanalysis, for me, improves my pleasure and involvement in the process. Long term depth therapy is not a short process, and knowing this I didn't need to be able to whip through a scanty introduction in a short time, and so read this book over about 3 weeks. It was very helpful and whetted my appetite. I've now moved onto something more specific on Object Relations.
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The authors of this volume appear to have ignored many of the basic requirements of any text which claims to be an "introduction" to a subject. Perplexing terminology is used from the first page with little or no explanation to enlighten the reader.
The book does little to contradict the popular stereotype of a psychoanalyst as a beard-stroking, bespectacled oddity and much of the work seems esoteric and abstruse; long words are used where short words would suffice. With a good dictionary and a bit of lateral thinking you can figure your way through most of what's being said, but for 16 quid and a title with the word "introduction" in it, I honestly expected something more in the style of the many comprehensive and unconfusing introductions you get to other fields, say Nagel's "What does it all mean?" or Warburton's "Basics" on Philosophy.
The clinical portraits are entertaining, but I shut the book not much wiser than when I opened it. Maybe it's the field which is to blame and not the authors.
When the finest quotations of the greatest post-Freud psychoanalysts are gems like "Breast=Penis" you kind of get the feeling that psychoanalysts don't get out much.
It's interesting, but it doesn't make it easy for you. Maybe I'll just have to swallow my pride and buy those less-serious-looking comic-book styley introduction to Freud & Jung books if I want "illumination".
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Fact is that unfortunately A Bateman was not actually practicing much psychoanalysis himself. The provision in the NHS (he worked at UCL) has been almost nil. Hence the reliance on some pretty outdated concepts and certainly dated style.
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