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Levine, H.B. (2000). Standing in the Spaces: Essays on Clinical Process, Trauma, and Dissociation: Phillip M. Bromberg. Hillsdale NJ: Analytic Press, 1998. 368 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 69(4):789-793.

(2000). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 69(4):789-793

Standing in the Spaces: Essays on Clinical Process, Trauma, and Dissociation: Phillip M. Bromberg. Hillsdale NJ: Analytic Press, 1998. 368 pp.

Review by:
Howard B. Levine

Standing in the Spaces is a wise and compelling collection of essays on the analytic relationship and clinical process. It offers readers valuable and thought-provoking insights into the conceptualization and application to technique of issues that lie at the heart of contemporary analytic clinical discourse. These include the relationship of conflict to deficit, the place of trauma in pathogenesis, the analyst's subjectivity, the positive use of countertransference, and the roles of interaction, enactments, self-disclosure and other relational, noninterpretative therapeutic factors in the analytic process.

Bromberg is a leading contributor to the relational and intersubjective schools of analysis. His writings reflect his roots in Sullivan and the interpersonal tradition in which he was trained. Other formative influences include contemporary Kleinian authors, especially Bion, and the British Independents. Given these sources and the cogency and value of the arguments advanced, readers in the mainstream of American psychoanalysis who may be less familiar with these branches of the analytic literature will not only appreciate Standing in the Spaces for its insightful clinical contributions, but will also find it to be a powerful illustration of the extent to which many of the present-day controversies in clinical practice and theory with which contemporary analysts are engaged have long been the object of study of other analytic orientations.

At the core of Bromberg's vision is a complex view of the mind as a nonlinear system of loosely related self-states and self-representations. These emerge and coexist from the beginnings of individual, subjective experience.

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