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Psychoanalytic Listening: Methods, Limits, and Innovations
'Joseph Breuer's celebrated patient, Anna O., designated psychoanalysis to be a "talking cure". She was correct insofar as psychoanalysis does place verbal exchange at the center stage. However, the focus upon the patient's and therapist's speaking activities diverted attention from how the two parties listen to each other. Psychoanalysis is a listening and talking cure. B ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published November 2nd 2012 by Routledge
(first published September 1st 2012)
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This is such an eloquent book on the practise of psychoanalytic listening. Rarely are books on theory and practise so readable and inviting. The sort of book you read and wonder why it hasn't been written before, since listening is such a core skill of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. There are case vignettes offered throughout the book with some wonderful examples of analysis that delicately tow the line between compassionate understanding and objective observation. Listening here is taken to ...more
Salman Akhtar is an Indian-American psychoanalyst practicing in the United States. He is an author and Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia.