The thirty-four journal articles, book reviews and conference papers collected
in this volume were written over the same period of time as the author's
three clinical monographs (Psychoanalytic theory and clinical relevance
[Analytic Press, 1985], Substance abuse as symptom [Analytic Press, 1991],
and Psychotherapy as praxis [Trafford, 2002]). While the books provide broad
critiques of clinical, societal and philosophical issues in psychotherapy,
psychoanalysis, and general psychology, the papers enlarge on specific
subtopics, including some not addressed in the monographs.
The chapters in the present work are grouped into four subject areas:
Part I-conceptual frameworks;
Part II-psychotherapy and psychoanalysis;
Part III-society and culture; and
Part IV-general psychology.
Individual topics explored under these rubrics span a wide, diverse spectrum
including neonatal models, personality theory, psychoanalytic defense
analysis, the false memory syndrome, physical reductionism in psychiatry,
ontology of language, mental health policies in the work place, psychological
testing in forensic settings, national drug policy, and conflict resolution.
These more narrowly focused papers collectively complement and further
illuminate the general critiques presented in the author's previous books.
Most of the separate Parts and individual Chapters are preceded by new
Introductions which were written specifically for this collection.