Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
:
Login
Tip: To access “The Standard Edition” of Freud’s work…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

You can directly access Strachey’s The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud through the Books tab on the left side of the PEP-Web screen.

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

Chefetz, R.A. (2020). The Way We Are: How States of Mind Influence Our Identities, Personality, and Potential for Change, by Frank W. Putnam, International Psychoanalytic Books, New York, 2016, 448 pp.. Psychodyn. Psych., 48(2):214-219.

(2020). Psychodynamic Psychiatry, 48(2):214-219

The Way We Are: How States of Mind Influence Our Identities, Personality, and Potential for Change, by Frank W. Putnam, International Psychoanalytic Books, New York, 2016, 448 pp.

Review by:
Richard A. Chefetz, M.D.

The Way We Are is a careful and deeply incisive tour of the scientific territory of human states of being (SoB) and their implications in the understanding of states related to bipolar disorder, drugs and addiction, memory and identity, personality, somatoform disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and dissociative disorders, as well as exceptional states of being, like hypnotic states, meditation, and spiritual awakenings. State-related disorders and associated phenomena are some of the most difficult to understand and treat. Creating a good heuristic for how a mind works is essential to clinical work and the understanding of states. In this review, as an enticement to read his work, I've endeavored to make an introduction to Putnam's conceptual frame. Human consciousness is built upon basic units called states of being. “If there's any basis for this contention…the reader should discover examples of the roles of states in his/her own life and those of others (p. 24).

For example, the multiple self-state model of mind currently embraced by relational psychoanalysis (Bromberg, 2011; Stern, 2010) is informed by the basic science of discrete states of being. These states are often hidden within patterned personal and interpersonal actions and interactions, some of which are described by the psychoanalytic term “enactment.”

[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the article. PEP-Web provides full-text search of the complete articles for current and archive content, but only the abstracts are displayed for current content, due to contractual obligations with the journal publishers. For details on how to read the full text of 2018 and more current articles see the publishers official website.]

Copyright © 2021, 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.