Contemporary Controversies in Psychoanalytic Theory, Techniques, and Their Applications

Contemporary Controversies in Psychoanalytic Theory, Techniques, and Their Applications

Otto F. Kernberg

Print publication date: 2013

ISBN: 9780300101393

Publisher: Yale University Press

Abstract

This book reviews some of the recent developments and controversies in psychoanalytic theory and technique. Gathering together both previously published articles and extensive new material, it examines such issues as the new psychoanalytic views of homosexuality, bisexuality, and the influence of gender in the analytic relationship. The author explores the application of psychoanalysis to non-clinical fields, including the problem of psychoanalytic research and its clinical implications, the validation of psychoanalytic interventions in the clinical process, and the challenges of psychoanalytic education. He shows how psychoanalysis can be helpful in addressing such cultural problems as socially-sanctioned violence, and asserts the continued relevance of object relations theory and its compatibility with Freud's dual drive theory.