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A Short Introduction to Psychoanalysis

A Short Introduction to Psychoanalysis

Second Edition

March 2011 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The best simply got better. The first edition of this book was already quite simply the best introduction to psychoanalysis ever written and has been appropriately extremely popular with teachers and students alike. The thoroughly updated second edition retains all the powerful features of the first including its remarkable clarity and accessibility. The field will be greatly indebted to these authors for many years. - Professor Peter Fonagy, University College London


A Short Introduction to Psychoanalysis offers a user-friendly introduction to arguably the most misunderstood of all the psychological therapies. This fully updated and revised second edition explains what psychoanalysis really is and provides the reader with an overview of its basic concepts, historical development, critiques and research base. Demonstrating the far reaching influence of psychoanalysis, the authors - all practicing psychoanalysts - describe how its concepts have been applied beyond the consulting room and examine its place within the spectrum of other psychological theories. The text is enlivened by numerous clinical examples.


New to this edition, the book


o discusses parent infant psychotherapy and mentalization-based therapy (MBT)

o further investigates psychotherapy in the NHS and the IAPT programme, with more on the debate between CBT and analytic approaches

o includes more on dreaming and attachment theory, with added examples

o includes new research studies and addresses the new field of psychosocial studies.


This down-to-earth guide provides the ideal `way-in' to the subject for new trainees. For anyone thinking of becoming a psychoanalyst, the book also provides information on the training process and the structure of the profession.

What Is Psychoanalysis?
Basics of Psychoanalytic Theory
A Brief History of Psychoanalysis
Psychoanalysis across Cultures
Critiques of Psychoanalysis
Psychoanalysis and Research
Psychoanalysis beyond the Consulting Room
Psychoanalysis and the Psychotherapies
The Profession: Organization, Communication and Regulation

A good introductory text. This is written in an accessible style, which offres a comprehensive coverage of psychoanalysis.

Dr Maggie Allison
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December 8, 2011

This is an excellent book. It is concise and clear.

Dr Karen Ciclitira
School of Psychology, Middlesex University
November 15, 2011

A truly magnificant introduction to psychoanalysis. Anyone interested in psychoanalysis should read it at least once if not more.

Professor Ebrahim Naderali
Health and Applied Social Sciences, Liverpool Hope University
August 12, 2011

A very accessible account which engages the reader immediately with interesting vignettes and then draws back to set the scene and contextualise. Thumbnail sketches of key figures put the development in context, and the chapter on different cultural development brings something fresh to the discussion. Also a good chapter on research which is very worthwhile for our students

Mrs Valerie Sanders
Counselor Education , University of Greenwich
July 17, 2011

A comprehensive introduction to psychoanalysis - the case examples help to elucidate complex concepts which are explained in sufficient detail without a loss of meaning

Pamela Pringle
social work and mental health, Canterbury Christ Church University
June 22, 2011

Clear and comprehensive, an excellent introduction to a complex subject will make this an invaluable resource for counselling students.

Ms Raje Suzanne Airey
Counselor Education , Colchester Institute
April 7, 2011

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