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Warshaw, S.C. (2015). Introduction to the 2015 Re-Print of “Mutative Factors in Child Psychoanalysis: A Comparison of Diverse Relational Perspectives”. J. Infant Child Adolesc. Psychother., 14(4):385-386.

(2015). Journal of Infant, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy, 14(4):385-386


Introduction to the 2015 Re-Print of “Mutative Factors in Child Psychoanalysis: A Comparison of Diverse Relational Perspectives”

Susan C. Warshaw, Ed.D.,ABPP

“There is no such thing as a relational analyst; there are only analysts whose backgrounds may vary considerably, but who share a broad outlook in which human relations—specific unique human relations—play a super ordinate role in the genesis of character and of psychopathology, as well as the practice of psychoanalytic therapeutics” (Ghent, 1992b). Attempting to capture the historical and theoretical underpinnings of what over the next 25 years was to become a relational psychoanalytic tradition. Ghent, in his foreword to Relational Perspectives in Psychoanalysis (Skolnick & Warshaw 1992), also articulated the idealistic goals and spirit of those who were central contributors to what is now an acknowledged psychoanalytic perspective. Central to the spirit of “relationalism” as a “movement” was the desire to move beyond the “idiosyncratic languages and conceptions, of extant traditions, to push beyond political polemics” and to explore the commonalities and differences of the analytic traditions from which the perspective was emerging (Ghent, 1992, p. xx).

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