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Over the course of a 50-year career, James T. McLaughlin has sought to open the playing field of psychoanalytic exploration by treating unconscious processes as the very material from which we fashion meaningful lives. His unique, iconoclastic perspective, which challenged the conventions of his time and professional milieu, not only engages the creative tension between the stance of the analyst and the stance of the healer, but also contains striking intimations of contemporary relational and interpersonal models of psychoanalytic treatment. The Healer's Bent, which thematically integrates published and unpublished papers and contains three chapters of heretofore unpublished autobiographical reflection, bridges analytic practice and other psychotherapeutic modalities. It will make McLaughlin's distinct approach to clinical theory and practice widely available to a broad and receptive readership.
Table of ContentsIntroduction
I. Deep in the Shed: An Analyst's Mind at Work - William F. Cornell
1. To the Reader
2. What Was Brought
3. What Was Taught
4. Transference, Psychic Realty, and Countertransference
II. What Was Wrought: Self Analysis
5. Looking Back at an Early Case Failure: What There Was Yet to Learn
6. The Analyst's Insights
7. Is Self-analysis Possible?
III. What Was Sought: Nonverbal Communication
8. The Play of Transference: Some Reflections on Enactment in the Psychoanalytic Situation
9. The Search for Meaning in the Unsaid Seen
10. Touching Limits in the Analytic Dyad
IV. What Was Thought: The Dialectics of Influence
11. Dumb, Blind, and Hard: Can an Analyst Change His Spots?
12. Through the Glass Darkly: On Influencing and Being Influenced