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de la Sierra, L.R. (1988). From Safety to Super-Ego by Joseph Sandler. Published by Karnac Books: London 1987; 348 pages; £14.95 paperback.. Brit. J. Psychother., 5(1):130-131.

(1988). British Journal of Psychotherapy, 5(1):130-131

From Safety to Super-Ego by Joseph Sandler. Published by Karnac Books: London 1987; 348 pages; £14.95 paperback.

Review by:
L Rodriguez de la Sierra

From Safety to Super Ego is without any doubt an important and over-due contribution to psychoanalytic literature. Joseph Sandler needs no introduction to the psychoanalytic reader. He is one of the major contemporary theoreticians who, for many years and within a firm and solid Freudian psychoanalytic framework, has contributed to the evolution and enrichment of psychoanalytic theories. In his very personal and scholarly way, he has enhanced the scope of the classical psychoanalytic principles way beyond the contributions of many of his contemporaries_ Thin collection of papers is the result of a period of research and theoretical work in psychoanalysis undertaken by him and a number of colleagues over a period of a quarter of a century. It is also the result of a research project known as the Hampstead Psychoanalytic Index and this book is a faithful representation of this very particular line of thought and its development throughout the years. Sandler is possibly the greatest theoretician of the Freudian contemporary group as well as one of its leading figures, and this book shows why this is so.

From Safety to Super Ego is a book that fills a gap in modern psychoanalytic literature and should be of great interest to all students of psychoanalysis. It is not always an easy book to read and maybe even fens so to the lay reader, faced with the great sophistication and intricacy of some of the concepts presented. A third of the papers were written exclusively by Sandler while the rest were written in collaboration mostly with Walter G Joffe and others including Bernard Rosenblatt, Alex Holder and Dale Meets.

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