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Possick, S. (2018). Creative Listening and the Psychoanalytic Process: Sensibility, Engaging, and Envisioning. By Fred L. Griffin. New York: Routledge, 2016, xiv + 194 pp., $119.95 hardcover, $44.95 paperback.. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 66(1):149-158.

(2018). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 66(1):149-158

Creative Listening and the Psychoanalytic Process: Sensibility, Engaging, and Envisioning. By Fred L. Griffin. New York: Routledge, 2016, xiv + 194 pp., $119.95 hardcover, $44.95 paperback.

Review by:
Stanley Possick

Creative Listening and the Psychoanalytic Process is a carefully researched, clinically valuable, and deeply personal book “written as a guide for clinicians [who wish] to translate the richness of literary fiction into something clinically useful” (p. 5). Its author, Fred Griffin, argues that Freud's concepts of “psychoanalytic listening and process … focused [primarily] on revelations of the analysand's intrapsychic contents” (p. 3) do not capture the imaginative and active listening required of the modern analyst fully engaged within the transference-countertransference (the analytic space) of an interpersonal/intersubjective clinical psychoanalysis. In addition to carefully exploring the analysand's intrapsychic life, such an analysis allows interpersonal/intersubjective experiences to emerge and be explored within the analytic space. Using Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse (1927), Griffin presents a sophisticated primer detailing the elements of creative analytic listening necessary to conduct such analytic work.

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