When the Garden Isn't Eden: More Psychodynamic Concepts from Life (Paperback)

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When the Garden Isn't Eden: More Psychodynamic Concepts from Life (Paperback)

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Stories can explore complicated ideas and bring shared experiences to life. Footage of the Knicks' upset win in the NBA finals triggers a traumatic memory of family tragedy. A young girl starts bullying her best friend after her big sister goes off to sleepaway camp. An adolescent works through her feelings of anger at her father over her parents' divorce after discovering his infidelity. A patient's ugly shoes remind an analyst of her own childhood scars. A daughter recognizes her Holocaust-survivor father's resilience as she comes to terms with his vulnerability after a life-altering accident. Bringing together these narratives and many more, When the Garden Isn't Eden reveals how psychoanalysis sheds light on the troubles of everyday life.

Through poignant and sometimes painful stories from their personal and professional lives, three practicing psychoanalysts demonstrate the richness of psychodynamic thinking. Each chapter offers an illustrative and powerful personal vignette followed by an analytical reflection that explicates key psychodynamic concepts, showing how these ideas inform and deepen our understanding of what makes us human. Blending storytelling and psychotherapy, When the Garden Isn't Eden makes psychodynamic theory vivid and accessible to students, teachers, clinicians, and anyone curious about how therapists work and think.
Kerry L. Malawista is a training/supervising analyst with the Contemporary Freudian Society and a psychoanalyst in private practice. She is cochair of the New Directions Writing Program and founder of the Things They Carry Project. Linda G. Kanefield teaches and supervises at the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. Her psychology practice is in psychoanalysis and fertility consultation. Anne J. Adelman is a teaching and training analyst with the Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis, a teaching analyst with the Contemporary Freudian Society, and a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice. She is the editor of JAPA Review of Books and cochair of the New Directions Writing Program. Malawista and Adelman are coauthors of Wearing My Tutu to Analysis and Other Stories: Learning Psychodynamic Concepts from Life (2011) and coeditors of The Therapist in Mourning: From the Faraway Nearby (2013), both from Columbia University Press.
Product Details ISBN: 9780231170376
ISBN-10: 0231170378
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication Date: May 31st, 2022
Pages: 232
Language: English