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A Clinical Introduction to Lacanian Psychoanalysis: Theory and Technique

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"The goal of my teaching has always been, and remains, to train analysts."
--Jacques Lacan, Seminar XI, 209

Arguably the most profound psychoanalytic thinker since Freud, and deeply influential in many fields, Jacques Lacan often seems opaque to those he most wanted to reach. These are the readers Bruce Fink addresses in this clear and practical account of Lacan's highly ori
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Paperback, 297 pages
Published September 15th 1999 by Harvard University Press (first published 1997)
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Chris
Jan 05, 2012 Chris rated it it was amazing
After having a go at Lacan's writings directly- I fell back to the common piece of advice: read about Lacanian theory before you read it directly. Fink's Clinical Introduction was the first text I went to, and found it extremely helpful. Notions that are used in various contexts in other author's works, like the 'Real,''object a,' etc., finally came to life through Fink's focus on their clinical application. For this reason, I can see how this book would also suit the psychoanalytically minded c ...more
Ben Loory
Dec 26, 2013 Ben Loory rated it really liked it
surprisingly clear, though at times it did feel like someone dumped a vial of acid on my brain, i could actually feel it in there bubbling and burning, not an altogether unpleasant experience however. gotta say it lost me a little bit with all the "mathemes." couldn't figure out what i was supposed to do with them. multiply? divide? just stare at them?? what? they didn't seem to express anything more than the accompanying descriptions which stated what they supposedly stated. the good thing of c ...more
Alan Scott
Dec 28, 2008 Alan Scott rated it really liked it
So, you are interested in the psychoanalytic theory of Jacques Lacan are you? Then I am happy to tell you that this book-- perhaps more than any other I have found-- will help you to get a grasp on what is sometimes incredibly opaque and a maddingly complex/ convoluted theoretical model. This is brilliant and essential reading.

This book discusses Lacanian theory as a clinical practice-- taking it out of the abstract philsophical realm to explain how it is practically applied in the field, which
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Tom Meade
Sep 25, 2009 Tom Meade rated it really liked it
Not quite finished with this yet, but I have to give it props for managing to achieve the seeming impossible and deliver a lucid and easily comprehensible overview of Lacan. I suppose it helps that Fink is dealing with most of Lacan's notions in expressly clinical terms. Unfortunately, this does mean that while the book is great for providing insights into the operations of the human mind, it makes it a bit less useful as a critical tool for a guy who just wants to write a damned essay.

It's also
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Danica
Apr 17, 2015 Danica rated it really liked it
This book was recommended to me as a good place to begin understanding what Lacan's work is about. Bruce Fink emphasizes that this is merely a survey and is intended to be neither exhaustive nor absolutely objective. This doesn't prevent him from being quite dense at moments, but the book is fascinating, informative and easy to grasp for the most part. Without further experience with Lacan's own writings, what stands out to me is how Fink makes clinical sense of the seemingly nebulous life work ...more
Rebecca
Oct 24, 2008 Rebecca rated it really liked it
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Fink manages to make most of Lacan readable, but I'll admit to becoming a bit glassy-eyed by the end.
Kristi
Apr 07, 2009 Kristi rated it it was amazing
Seeing how Lacanian theory happens in practice makes the finer points of the theory easier to grasp.
Toby Wiggins
Nov 07, 2014 Toby Wiggins rated it it was amazing
An excellent introduction to the lacanian clinic. Well rounded and accessible.
Tom Syverson
Jan 09, 2015 Tom Syverson rated it it was amazing
Jacques Lacan is often confusedly lumped in with "post-structuralism", but Fink here presents Lacanian psychoanalysis at its most rigorously structuralist. The author expresses some misgivings on this account, recognizing that he is in sense converting Lacan's "anti-system" into a kind of clean-cut doctrine, arguably contrary to the deliberately obscurantist (more, obstructionist) spririt of Lacan's "elusive/allusive/illusive" work.

But truly, Fink's book is an outstanding accomplishment and an
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Vladimir
Jan 22, 2014 Vladimir rated it it was amazing
I gave this book 5 stars because it is the first book on Lacanian analysis that actually contains some clinical guidelines and considerations. Whether or not I would follow this line of advice is a wholly different matter, but this actually is a book for psychotherapists, not philosophers.
Quentin
May 20, 2014 Quentin rated it really liked it
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Very lucid account of Lacanian theory. Highly recommended for anyone looking for an entryway into Lacan's labyrinthine works.
Chris
Apr 11, 2013 Chris rated it really liked it
This books serves as a great introduction to Lacan from the clinical perspective. It gives a brief rundown of some basic psychoanalytic concepts and then lays out some fundamental features of different subjects (e.g. obsessive neurotics, hysterics, psychotics, perverts, etc.) backed up with some of Fink's case studies.
Dimitris Vasiadis
Jun 06, 2014 Dimitris Vasiadis rated it it was amazing
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Although it does sound as an exaggeration, this is one of the best books ever written. Grasps Lacan excellently and one could posit that the comprehensive reframe even gives birth to some new meanings through a unique point of view.
Ali
May 30, 2009 Ali rated it really liked it
bruce Fink is a Lacanian Psychoanalyst and in this book he elaborates ckearly the process of psychoanalyzing in a lacanian way, I mean the clinical approach
Joe Spencer
Mar 02, 2008 Joe Spencer rated it it was amazing
Fink is Lacan's most convincing advocate in the English language. This book is a must, in my strange opinion, for anyone serious about teaching.
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Bruce Fink is a practicing Lacanian psychoanalyst and analytic supervisor. He trained as a psychoanalyst in France for seven years with and is now a member of the psychoanalytic institute Jacques Lacan created shortly before his death, the École de la Cause freudienne in Paris, and obtained his Ph.D. from the Department of Psychoanalysis at the University of Paris VIII (Saint-Denis). He served as ...more
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