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Standing in the Spaces


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Introduction. Part I: Views from the Bridge. Artist and Analyst. Interpersonal Psychoanalysis and Regression. Empathy, Anxiety, and Reality: A View from the Bridge. Getting Into Oneself and Out of One's Self: On Schizoid Processes. The Use of Detachment in Narcissistic and Borderline Conditions. Part II: Safety, Regression, and Trauma. The Mirror and the Mask: On Narcissism and Psychoanalytic Growth. On the Occurrence of the Isakower Phenomenon in a Schizoid Patient. The Difficult Patient or the Difficult Dyad? On Knowing One's Patient Inside Out: The Aesthetics of Unconscious Communication. Interpersonal Psychoanalysis and Self Psychology: A Clinical Comparison. Part III: Dissociation and Clinical Process. Shadow and Substance: A Relational Perspective on Clinical Process. Psychoanalysis, Dissociation, and Personality Organization. Resistance, Object Usage, and Human Relatedness. Hysteria, Dissociation, and Cure: Emmy von N Revisited. Part IV: Standing in the Spaces. "Speak! That I May See You": Some Reflections on Dissociation, Reality, and Psychoanalytic Listening. Standing in the Spaces: The Multiplicity of Self and the Psychoanalytic Relationship. Staying the Same While Changing: Reflections on Clinical Judgment. "Help! I'm Going Out of Your Mind!"

About the Author

A preeminent author on the understanding of trauma and dissociative phenomena, Philip M. Bromberg, Ph.D., is the author of Standing in the Spaces: Essays on Clinical Process, Trauma, and Dissociation (Analytic Press, 1998). He is Training and Supervising Analyst, William Alanson White Institute, and Clinical Professor of Psychology, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. Co-Editor of the Journal of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Dr. Bromberg serves on the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Dialogues, Psychoanalytic Inquiry, and Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis. He lectures widely throughout the United States and is actively involved in the training of mental health professionals.


"Philip Bromberg's essays on psychoanalysis are unique jewels that derive from the convergence of two strikingly different sensibilities. On the one hand, Bromberg is an interpersonal analyst par excellence, with a plain-speaking forthrightness, a finely honed sense of the mutual impact of people upon each other, and a distaste for the abstractions of theorizing. On the other hand, he has a keen appreciation of the mostly deeply private domains of experience, the hidden recesses, the nuances of 'innerness' within which personal existence is preserved. This combination has generated a unique vision and finely textured conceptualization of the psychoanalytic process that captures, with both wit and warmth, some of its deepest contrasts: sameness and difference, safety and growth, the emotional contacts that make a deeply personal life possible and the immutably private. Standing in the Spaces makes available a body of work that is one of the finest achievements of contemporary pychoanalysis." - Stephen A. Mitchell, Ph.D., Author, Relationality (Analytic Press, 2000)

"Setting out to solve the riddle of meaning formation and therapeutic leverage, Bromberg presents a vivid and compelling new picture of the mind as more tenuously integrated than we had thought - a paradigm that sheds so much light on clinical phenomena and on the margin available for change that conflict theorists simply cannot ignore it. But Bromberg's greatest service is to reveal the high, technical dignity of those powerful forces that practitioners sensed in their bones but scorned as nonspecific and ungovernable, now orienting us to a more respectful and less impatient use of them. I predict that the impact of Bromberg's book will remain with the reader in every subsequent clinical encounter and rescue him in times of trouble." - Lawrence Friedman, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Weill Medical School, Cornell

"Every psychoanalyst and psychotherapist should read Standing in the Spaces in order to achieve a full understanding of what it is they do every day. The scholarship is remarkable; the style elegant and readable; the content imaginative, original, and wide-ranging; the clinical presentations tremendously evocative. The book is written from a predominantly interpersonalist perspective, but is masterly in the way it gathers in a wide range of ideas from other psychoanalytic orientations and beyond. Philip Bromberg is clearly an exceptionally gifted clinician as well as one of the outstanding theorists of our time." - Peter Fonagy, Ph.D., Freud Memorial Professor, University College London

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