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Reppen, J. (1999). The Inward Eye: Psychoanalysts Reflect on Their Lives and Work: Laurie W. Raymond and Susan Rosbrow-Reich. Hillsdale, NJ: The Analytic Press, 1997, xxiii + 478 pp., $55.00. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 47(4):1470-1472.

(1999). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 47(4):1470-1472

The Inward Eye: Psychoanalysts Reflect on Their Lives and Work: Laurie W. Raymond and Susan Rosbrow-Reich. Hillsdale, NJ: The Analytic Press, 1997, xxiii + 478 pp., $55.00

Review by:
Joseph Reppen

This is a good book of interviews of noted psychoanalysts, but it should have been better! The editing is sloppy and the interviewers are too intrusive. They have rounded up the usual suspects: Arthur Valenstein, Joseph and Anne-Marie Sandler, Jacob Arlow, André Green, Leo Stone, Leo and Anita Rangell, Edward Weinshel, Merton M. Gill, Albert Solnit, W. Clifford M. Scott, James McLaughlin, Rebecca Solomon, Joyce McDougall, M. Robert Gardner, and Janine Chasseguet-Smirgel. All are members of the American or International Psychoanalytic(al) Associations, which is hardly a criticism of those in the book, but couldn't the net have been spread a little wider? I don't know who declined invitations to be interviewed—edited books don't mention that.

The interviewees were generally quite open, and shared a disdain for institutional politics and the rigidity of many aspects of psychoanalytic practice. There is the usual gossip and remembrance of analysts and supervisors past. It is, however, the awe-struck idealization of the two interviewers, who interject far too much of themselves, that is off-putting.

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