Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
Tip: To zoom in or out on PEP-Web…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

Are you having difficulty reading an article due its font size? In order to make the content on PEP-Web larger (zoom in), press Ctrl (on Windows) or ⌘Command (on the Mac) and the plus sign (+). Press Ctrl (on Windows) or ⌘Command (on the Mac) and the minus sign (-) to make the content smaller (zoom out). To go back to 100% size (normal size), press Ctrl (⌘Command on the Mac) + 0 (the number 0).

Another way on Windows: Hold the Ctrl key and scroll the mouse wheel up or down to zoom in and out (respectively) of the webpage. Laptop users may use two fingers and separate them or bring them together while pressing the mouse track pad.

Safari users: You can also improve the readability of you browser when using Safari, with the Reader Mode: Go to PEP-Web. Right-click the URL box and select Settings for This Website, or go to Safari > Settings for This Website. A large pop-up will appear underneath the URL box. Look for the header that reads, “When visiting this website.” If you want Reader mode to always work on this site, check the box for “Use Reader when available.”

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Allison, G.H. (1997). Reconstruction In Psychoanalysis: Childhood Revisited And Recreated. By Harold Blum. Madison, CT: International Universities Press, 1994, 106 pp.. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 45:985-988.

(1997). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 45:985-988

Reconstruction In Psychoanalysis: Childhood Revisited And Recreated. By Harold Blum. Madison, CT: International Universities Press, 1994, 106 pp.

Review by:
George H. Allison

This book is a scholarly, comprehensive treatment of the history and present-day relevance of reconstruction. It also explicates other, tangential issues of psychoanalytic theory and technique, including transference in the here and now; the importance of the developmental point of view for reconstruction; narrative and historical truth; psychic versus material or external reality; the theory of trauma; and the importance of specific childhood memory versus a more integrative view of childhood events, both inner and outer.

At times one feels that the breadth of this slim volume is too great and that an argument more focused on Blum's main point, that there is a revival of interest in reconstruction, would better serve the reader's interests. However, the scope of Blum's subject matter is cogently related to the argument he presents—that reconstruction is an integrative activity, though different from the analytic process of which it is a part.

In earlier papers Blum has written specifically about his views on reconstruction and the related subjects used here to buttress his argument for its importance in present-day analytic work. He maintains that reconstruction continues to be a central clinical and theoretical concept, as it was in Freud's day. He holds that this is true despite recent psychoanalytic theorizing that accords it secondary or even negligible importance. I refer to the ascension in popularity of Gill's writings on transference in the here and now, Spence's on narrative and historical truth, and Schafer's on multiple historical scenarios. Blum counters with the continuing emphasis on developmental thought, on trauma and its reconstruction, and argues that the current one-sided emphasis on transference fails to give appropriate attention to its genetic roots. Elegantly and convincingly, he states a case for the importance of an updated version of reconstruction in clinical work.

[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the book or article. The full text of the document is available to subscribers.]

Copyright © 2019, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.