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Charles, M. (2016). The Life and Death of Psychoanalysis by Jamieson Webster Karnac, London, 2011; 176 pp; $42.95. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 97(4):1184-1194.

(2016). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 97(4):1184-1194

The Life and Death of Psychoanalysis by Jamieson Webster Karnac, London, 2011; 176 pp; $42.95

Review by:
Marilyn Charles, Ph.D., ABPP

Webster's volume, The Life and Death of Psychoanalysis, is a meditation that invites the reader to delve deeply alongside her into the layers of meaning made manifest through the psychoanalytic inquiry. This layering is integral to the volume's intent and process, as Webster invites us into encounters with the three thinkers whose work has most profoundly affected her development as a psychoanalyst. Juxtaposed, she offers us three dreams that are nested within one another such that even she could not interpret one without the others. The dreams that are part of her own analytic journey become a means of illustrating that journey to the reader.

Philosophy is an important anchor for Webster, and her musings throughout the book recognize those thinkers in whom her own thoughts are embedded. She struggles to distinguish between truth and transference as she disentangles herself from these Masters.

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