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Sulkowicz, K.J. (2021). Kerry J. Sulkowicz on ‘The Neglect of Leadership in Psychoanalysis’ (In ‘Progress in Psychoanalysis’, Routledge, 2018). PEP/UCL Top Authors Project, 1(1):39.

Kerry Sulkowicz discusses the rather ambivalent relationship between psychoanalysis and organizational culture, particularly the role of leadership. Despite its concern for human dynamics, the study of groups and systems remains relatively neglected within the field. He reflects on the impact of Freud’s legacy as founding father and the historical complexes that may inhibit approaches to authority and governance within psychoanalytic institutions to this day. He describes how a broadening of the psychoanalytic model to embrace social phenomena can be of benefit to both the profession and the wider world.

Gabbard, G.O. (2021). Glen O. Gabbard on ‘What is a “Good Enough” Termination?’ (JAPA, 2009). PEP/UCL Top Authors Project, 1(1):38.

Glen Gabbard reflects on the complex and idiosyncratic nature of termination in analysis. He describes how a lack of explicit core theory has encouraged the development of myths and idealized narratives in the psychoanalytic discourse resulting in a problematic split between analysts’ expectations and the realities of the clinical scenario. He suggests the need for a “good enough” paradigm for termination that acknowledges analysis as an ongoing and imperfect process and encourages flexibility and collaboration during this crucial stage.

Tuckett, D. (2021). David Tuckett on ‘Inside and Outside the Window: Some Fundamental Elements in the Theory of Psychoanalytic Technique’ (IJP, 2011). PEP/UCL Top Authors Project, 1(1):37.

David Tuckett discusses the organizing framework developed from his involvement with the EPF's working party on ‘Comparative Clinical Methods’ (CCM) to assist clinical thinking about the interaction of theory and experience in the analytic session. He explains how the use of clear, practical concepts and definitions can facilitate awareness of the patient’s predicament within the transference/countertransference situation. He reflects on the reasons behind resistance to intellectual work within the field and describes how the use of theory can in fact lead to an enrichment of the analytic experience.

Leuzinger-Bohleber, M. (2021). Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber on ‘What Can Psychoanalysis Contribute to the Current Refugee Crisis?’ (IJP, 2016). PEP/UCL Top Authors Project, 1(1):35.

Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber describes her work with colleagues to establish guiding principles for the organisation of a first reception camp for traumatized refugees during the recent crisis in Germany. She discusses the particular contribution that psychoanalysis can make to thinking about the difficulties of these individuals and outlines the insights from trauma research that informed the work with the refugees in the camp. She describes preliminary findings from a formative evaluation and plans for a scientific evaluation.

Solms, M. (2021). Mark Solms on ‘The Conscious Id’ (Neuropsychoanalysis, 2013). PEP/UCL Top Authors Project, 1(1):36.

Mark Solms explains how he arrived at the view that the mental functions designated by the concept of the Freudian id are conscious, and reflects on the implications of this reconceptualization for our understanding of what happens in psychoanalysis and how psychoanalysis differs from other psychotherapies.

Balsam, R.H. (2021). Rosemary H. Balsam on ‘The Vanished Pregnant Body in Psychoanalytic Female Developmental Theory’ (JAPA, 2003). PEP/UCL Top Authors Project, 1(1):34.

Rosemary Balsam discusses how the pregnant body has been overlooked in psychoanalytic developmental theory and the impact this has on clinical work. Highlighting the dynamic plasticity of the female form, she describes the conflicts for women of locating and integrating stable mental representations. She argues the case for moving beyond a Freudian phallocentric framework maintained by the Oedipus complex, towards one that incorporates the actuality of female bodily experience. The impact of the mother’s body on female development is emphasised.

Greenberg, J.R. (2021). Jay R. Greenberg on ‘Therapeutic Action and the Analyst's Responsibility’ (JAPA, 2015). PEP/UCL Top Authors Project, 1(1):33.

Jay Greenberg proposes that the underlying assumptions informing the analyst’s work can usefully be viewed as controlling fictions. He describes some of the experiences that led him to think in this way and explains why he prefers to talk in terms of ‘fictions’ rather than models or metaphors and argues that thinking in this way can enable and enliven the analyst’s work, and that those who view it as introducing a paralyzing uncertainty are themselves under the influence of a particular controlling fiction.

Lee, Z. Palmer, S. Birksted-Breen, D. Humble, C. (2020). The Enigma of the Hour - The International Journal of Psychoanalysis Centenary Exhibition. Int. J. Psycho-Anal. Video Collection, 1(1):5.

This exhibition in Freud's last home marks the centenary of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis founded by Ernest Jones under the direction of Sigmund Freud. The enigma of the hour, the analytic hour, an hour both timeless and strictly bound by time, the search for an answer which can never be fully found. In Freud's consulting room, temporality, the temporality of the unconscious, the intermingling and interlacing of past, present, and future is an overriding theme. Rhythm, reverberation, resonance, a play between words and objects, sensations, emotions with no words, the disjunction between words and experience.

Lachmann, F.M. (2020). Frank M. Lachmann on ‘Violations of Expectations in Creativity and Perversion’ (Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 2006). PEP/UCL Top Authors Project, 1(1):31.

Frank Lachmann draws on his experience of infant research and observation to make connections between violations of expectations in creativity and in perversion. He explains how the phenomenon of mass or serial murder can be illuminated by consideration of the perpetrators’ experiences of having their expectations violated in childhood, and also shows that violation of expectations is central to the experience of many works of art, taking examples from film and music. He gives an illustration of how violation of expectations can play a productive role in a psychoanalytic treatment.

Civitarese, G. (2020). Giuseppe Civitarese on ‘“Caesura” as Bion’s Discourse on Method’ (IJP, 2008). PEP/UCL Top Authors Project, 1(1):32.

Giuseppe Civitarese discusses the influence of Descartes’ method of radical doubt on Bion’s approach to psychoanalytic inquiry and its links with Bion’s concept of caesura. He argues that Bion’s work seeks to bring about a change in psychoanalytic method, from a technique of decoding to a means of enhancing the patient’s capacity to dream reality, and he stresses the importance of attunement with the patient to enable psychic growth. He links the shift in Bion’s way of thinking about the aims and methods of analysis to his shift to a more aesthetic mode of presentation of his ideas.

Blum, H. (2020). Harold P. Blum on ‘Psychoanalytic Reconstruction and Reintegration’ (Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 2005). PEP/UCL Top Authors Project, 1(1):30.

Harold P. Blum describes the origins of his interest in reconstruction and gives an example of a particular case where reconstructing the patient’s history was essential to understanding the split in his identity and helping him to achieve reintegration. He considers some of the reasons for the relative lack of emphasis on reconstruction in contemporary psychoanalysis and discusses some of the issues the analyst needs to consider in using reconstruction with traumatized patients.

Harris, .E. (2020). Adrienne E. Harris on ‘You Must Remember This’ (Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 2009). PEP/UCL Top Authors Project, 1(1):29.

Adrienne Harris discusses the subjectivity of the analyst in relation to situations of impasse in psychoanalytic treatment. Resistance to clinical momentum is approached via an examination of the analyst’s omnipotence. Reflecting on the early formation and motivation of the analyst to provide care, the implications of this defensive structure are observed both positively and as a potential block to psychic motility and mourning in both patient and analyst. She stresses the importance of acknowledging and addressing the analyst’s vulnerability both within the countertransference and the wider professional community.

Emde, R.N. Isserow, J. (2019). Making Connections with Bob N. Emde. PEP Video Grants, 1(3):14.

In this interview, Robert Emde, Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus, University of Colorado School of Medicine, speaks candidly about his proudest achievement of a career spanning five decades. Surprisingly, he does not identify a piece of his own research or a particular piece of his own writing. Rather, he looks at how he enabled personal and theoretical connections to be made around attachment theory which culminated in seminal writings by other authors in the Monograph Series. In characteristic modestly, Bob clearly narrates this journey along with its significant implications for psychoanalysis.

Mason, A. (2018). Albert Mason on ‘Bion and Binocular Vision’. PEP/UCL Top Authors Project, 1(1):28.

Albert Mason describes how he came to know Bion, his experience of supervision with him, and explains how the two of them came to move to Los Angeles. He discusses the significance of Bion’s military experiences for his work and reflects on the reasons for Bion’s introduction of the concept of O.

Chodorow, N. (2018). Nancy J. Chodorow on ‘The American Independent Tradition: Loewald, Erikson, and the (Possible) Rise of Intersubjective Ego Psychology’. PEP/UCL Top Authors Project, 1(1):23.

Nancy J. Chodorow argues that there is a trend within American psychoanalysis that can be characterized as an American Independent tradition analogous to the British Independent tradition, although there are some differences. She proposes that one way of describing this tradition is as an intersubjective ego psychology and explains how her view of intersubjectivity differs from the common contemporary understanding of intersubjectivity as a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. She discusses the significance of the work of Loewald and Erikson in articulating the American Independent tradition.

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