Category Archive: Abstracts Fourth edition

Fine-Tuning Problems in Relational Psychoanalysis: New Directions in Theory and Praxis

Jon Mills [1], Professor, Adler Graduate Professional School, Toronto                                                           Abstract Relational approaches to contemporary psychoanalysis and psychotherapy have garnered international appeal for the way they apply to clinical practice …

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A brief history of psychoanalysis: From Freud to fantasy to folly

Dianna Kenny [1], Professor, University of Sydney                                                             Abstract Psychoanalysis has had a long gestation, during the course of which it has experienced multiple rebirths, leading some current authors to complain …

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The self: reflective, relational, and embodied

Denis O’Hara [1], Professor, Australian College of Applied Psychology                                                        Abstract The nature of the self has intrigued philosophers, theologians, and scientists since inquiry began. After extensive investigations we are still trying …

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Who can call herself a mother?

Anthony McCarthy [1], Professor, National Maternity Hospital, Holles Str, Dublin 2. Ireland, UCD School of Medicine, St Vincents University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin 4                                                              Abstract Who can …

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Look at Me! The Rise of Grandiose and Vulnerable Narcissism under Neo- Liberalism

Anne Manne [1], Journalist and author                                                        Abstract This article examines the recent debates within the scholarship on narcissism considering whether too high self-esteem is the problem, or whether the grandiose …

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Book review for Nancy J. Chodorow, Individualizing Gender and Sexuality: Theory and Practice

Aleksandra A Staneva, PhD Candidate The University of Queensland                                                        From its emergence as a key concept in the 1970’s (Oakley, 1972; Rubin, 1975) ‘gender’ has been a highly contested term …

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Book review for Sue Gerhardt, Why love matters: How affection shapes a baby’s brain

Susie Elliott, freelance researcher and editor                                                       The highly charged issue of a child’s first years is the subject of psychotherapist Sue Gerhadt’s second-edition release of Why Love Matters: How …

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Book review for Rosemary Balsam, Women’s Bodies in Psychoanalysis. (Sussex, England: Routledge, 2012)

Dr Fiona Giles, University of Sydney                                                         “…if one agrees that the pregnant and birthing body is currently virtually erased in our literature, one needs, I guess, to consider …

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Book review for Helen Gerondis, Why Am I So Angry? My Search for the Truth

Hugh Crago, Psychotherapist and Counsellor in private practice    There are many first-hand accounts of eating disorders and many manuals offering advice to both sufferers and the professionals who work with them. This one is different.    Greek-born Australian Helen Gerondis has written a courageous account of her battle with over-eating which is revealing on …

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Book review for Del Loewenthal and Andrew Samuels, Relational psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and counselling: Appraisals and reappraisals

Dr Elizabeth Day, Australian College of Applied Psychology                                                       If you were to succumb to the temptation to read this book by its cover, you might find it a fractal …

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Book review for Josette ten Have-de Labije and Robert J. Neborsky’s Mastering Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy

Tony Talevski, Psychodynamic psychotherapist    As a psychodynamic psychotherapist who works from a relational framework , I plunged into de Labije and Neborsky’s Mastering Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy with a series of assumptions that didn’t prove true. To my surprise, I encountered terminology in the table of contents that could have been drawn from Freud’s …

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Classic Morita Therapy: Advancing Consciousness in Psychotherapy

Peg LeVine [1], Clinical Psychologist, Medical Anthropologist, and Associate Professor, Centre for Advanced Genocide Studies (Shoah Foundation, Los Angeles); University of Melbourne                                                          Abstract This article chronicles “peripheral consciousness” and therapy developed by Japanese …

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The effectiveness of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy: A literature review of recent international and Australian research

Cadeyrn Gaskin [1] Gaskin Research, Victoria, Australia                                                                                               Abstract The purpose of this review …

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