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Eisold, K. (2016). A review of The Unhappy Divorce of Sociology and Psychoanalysis: edited by Lynn Chancer and John Andrews. London, England: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. 427 pp.. Contemp. Psychoanal., 52(1):166-172.

(2016). Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 52(1):166-172

A review of The Unhappy Divorce of Sociology and Psychoanalysis: edited by Lynn Chancer and John Andrews. London, England: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. 427 pp.

Kenneth Eisold, Ph.D.

A review of The Unhappy Divorce of Sociology and Psychoanalysis, edited by Lynn Chancer and John Andrews. London, England: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. 427 pp.

This is a fascinating and useful book, and I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to review it. It bridges a disciplinary gap from which we all suffer. Though interpersonalists and relationalists may be familiar with the idea that our personal problems and psychological difficulties occur in a social context, more so than many classical drive theorists, we often do not have an adequate grasp of what those contexts are or how they actually shape the behaviors we observe in our consulting rooms. That has often made us naïve.

Moreover, as we try to extend psychoanalytic thinking beyond individual patients, to engage with politics, economics, and history, we need the knowledge and perspective sociology offers. Without that, our speculations remain too often influenced by the latest books we have read or the issues currently hyped by the media.

At the same time, sociologists often suffer from a superficial grasp of human motivation, failing to note adequately the ambivalences and conflicts that underlie our social behaviors.

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