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Review of Toward mutual recognition: Relational psychoanalysis and the Christian narrative.

Reviews the book,
Toward Mutual Recognition: Relational Psychoanalysis and the Christian Narrative
by Marie T. Hoffman (see record
2011-00208-000
). Marie Hoffman has attempted a scholarly, important, and elegantly designed interdisciplinary study. This book wants to shake up our thinking about the origins of relational psychoanalysis. Its author, steeped in conservative and evangelical, though not fundamentalist, Christian theology, recasts the usual secular histories of contemporary psychoanalysis. These accounts tell the story of Freud’s wholesale rejection of religion as illusion, and seriously neglect, in Hoffman’s view, religious influences that have impelled contemporary psychoanalysis toward relationality. Her massive use of sources—in psychoanalysis, theology, philosophy,…

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Review of Inside the session: What really happens in psychotherapy.

Reviews the book,
Inside the Session: What Really Happens in Psychotherapy
by Paul L. Wachtel (see record
2010-19900-000
). Logically enough, the book is divided into three parts. Part 1, “Grounding Assumptions and Principles,” lays out the theory from which Wachtel works. Part 2, “The Sessions,” presents transcripts and commentary about three sessions, two with one patient. Part 3, “Reflections,” examines the sessions in retrospect, given the theoretical orientation. In total, the book delivers on its promise, as Wachtel provides a refreshingly honest (and commendable) appraisal of his work with the two clients so that we come to know what really happened in these sessions—to the degree to which this is epistemologically possible. When all is said and done, the cogency of…

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Review of Beyond the reach of ladders: My story as a therapist forging bonds with firefighters in the aftermath of 9/11.

Reviews the book,
Beyond the Reach of Ladders: My Story as a Therapist Forging Bonds with Firefighters in the Aftermath of 9/11
by Elizabeth Goren (2011). Dr. Elizabeth Goren worked in a New York City Firehouse for over a year following the destruction of the World Trade Center in September 2001. Among the nearly 3,000 individuals who perished in the Twin Towers were 343 New York City Fire Fighters who entered the buildings to save them. Goren’s book,
Beyond The Reach of Ladders
is the story of the firemen with whom she worked both in the firehouse and for several years afterward in her therapy office. It is a layered chronicle of trauma and loss. It is also a book that vividly demonstrates the ways that psychoanalytic principles can be used to address the most extreme of human exper…

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