Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Identity and Difference: Navigating the Divide

Book Announcement by Brent Willock (Canada), Rebecca Curtis (USA), and Lori Bohm (USA)

willockcoverimage0317wEvery day, clinicians encounter challenges to empathy and communication while struggling to assist patients with diverse life histories as well as character, sexuality, gender, psychopathology, cultural, religious, political, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. Most writing pertaining to ideas of similarity, discrepancy, and “the Other” has highlighted differences. Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Identity and Difference: Navigating the Divide (Routledge, 2017), co-edited by Brent Willock, Rebecca Coleman, and Lori C. Bohm, offers a different focus, emphasizing points of contact, connection, and how divisions between people can be transcended.

In-depth case material, astutely elucidated by diverse theoretical approaches, furnishes stimulating ideas and valuable suggestions for facilitating a meeting of minds and psychological growth in patients who might otherwise be difficult or impossible to engage. Exploring how psychoanalysts can navigate obstacles to understanding and communicating with suffering individuals, topics covered include the internal experience of likeness and difference in the patient and in the analyst, and how analysts can find echoes of themselves in patients.

Psychoanalysts and psychotherapists will appreciate the importance and value of this wide-ranging, groundbreaking exploration of these insufficiently addressed dimensions of human experience.


willockphoto0317wBrent Willock, PhD
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curtisphoto0317wRebecca Coleman Curtis, PhD
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bohmphoto0317wLori C. Bohm, PhD
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