A Clinical Introduction to Lacanian Psychoanalysis
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A Clinical Introduction to Lacanian Psychoanalysis

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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 and explained.
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Published August 5th 1999 by Harvard University Press (first published 1997)
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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
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
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...more
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
Tom Meade
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.

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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.
Seeing how Lacanian theory happens in practice makes the finer points of the theory easier to grasp.
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.
Very lucid account of Lacanian theory. Highly recommended for anyone looking for an entryway into Lacan's labyrinthine works.
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
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.
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
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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