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Touch Papers Dialogues on Touch in the Psychoanalytic Space

Touch Papers: Dialogues on Touch in the Psychoanalytic Space (Practice of Psychotherapy) by Graeme Galton
English | 2007 | ISBN: 1855754452 | 220 pages | PDF | 1,2 MB

Out of all medical and therapeutic treatments, psychoanalysis remains one of the very few that uses no physical contact. Sigmund Freud stopped using the "pressure technique" in the late 1890s, a technique in which he would press lightly on his patient's head while insisting that they remember forgotten events. Today, touch remains virtually non-existent in adult psychoanalysis.

For the first time, this book explores the controversial issue of physical contact in the consulting room. The contributors--psychoanalysts and psychotherapists representing a diverse range of psychoanalytic viewpoints--focus on the unconscious meanings of touch, absence of touch, unwelcome touch, or "accidental" touch in the psychoanalytic clinical situation. There are plenty of clinical vignettes and the discussions are grounded in clinical experience, offering a range of very different opinions on this much-neglected subject.

This is a book for psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and all readers interested in this issue.

Contributors include Brett Kahr, A. H. Brafman, Camilla Bosanquet, Valerie Sinason, Pearl King, Nicola Diamond, Em Farrell, Maria Emilia Pozzi, Robert Langs, Nick Totton, Emma Ramsden, Angela Pryor, Sarita Bose, Sharmila Charles, Gwen Adshead. With a foreword by Susie Orbach.

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