Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
Tip: To share an article on social media…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

If you find an article or content on PEP-Web interesting, you can share it with others using the Social Media Button at the bottom of every page.

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

Ruderman, E.G. Shane, E. (2002). Prologue. Psychoanal. Inq., 22(4):493-494.

(2002). Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 22(4):493-494


Ellen G. Ruderman, Ph.D. and Estelle Shane, Ph.D.

You will Find that the Papers in this Issue are Diverse, Written by different analysts with different frames of reference at different times in their life cycle and in different states of mind. What they have in common, however, is their focus on the analyst's separations, losses, or developmental progressions, or traumas, and how these experiences influence and change the analytic work they do.

This focus on life stages of the analyst and concomitant changes in the analyst's work was first broached in the dissertation of one of the editors (Ruderman, 1983). Influenced by the importance of this topic, Ruderman went on to form, coordinate, and contribute to a panel at the year 2000 National Membership Committee on Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work National Conference in New York City, entitled The Life Stage of the Psychoanalyst: Discoveries, Epiphanies, and Implications for Analytic Treatment. The focus of this panel was on the analyst's countertransference and subjectivity in regard to changing reflections, attitudes, and self-discovery as he or she journeys through a particular life stage or life event, and the impact of these experiences on psychoanalytic treatment. The work was so enthusiastically received by the clinical audience that Ruderman enlisted Shane to develop an issue of Psychoanalytic Inquiry whose theme would evoke this same degree of interest and discussion as had the panel presentations.

This, then, is the origin of this issue, devoted to the idea that our directions in life often shift and change as external events and internal modifications bring new perspectives, insights, and approaches to the analytic treatment milieu. In this issue ten prominent and seasoned analysts reflect upon their own life changes, changes brought about by a variety of circumstances. They have been deliberately selected not only because they have had much to contribute to our clinical field in the past, but also because what they have to say concerns circumstances more or less familiar to all of us.

[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the book or article. The full text of the document is available to subscribers.]

Copyright © 2019, 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.