The Embodied Analyst: From Freud and Reich to Relationality

Jon Sletvold (Norway)


The Embodied Analyst brings together the history of embodied analysis found in  the work of Freud and Reich and contemporary relational analysis, particularly  as influenced by infant research. By integrating the ‘old’ embodied and the ‘new’  relational traditions, the book contributes to a new clinical perspective focusing on  form and process rather than content and structure – the ‘how’, rather than the ‘what’  and the ‘why’. This perspective is characterized by a focus on movement, emotional  interaction and the therapist’s own bodily experience in the analytic encounter.

Jon Sletvold presents a user-friendly approach to embodied experience, providing  the history, theory, training and practice of embodied experience and expression as  a way of expanding clinical attention. Starting with a Spinozan view of the embodied  mind, Part I: History of Embodied Psychoanalysis presents an overview of the history of  the field in the works of Freud and Reich as well as a look at the Norwegian Character  Analytic tradition. Part II: Conceptual Framework and Clinical Guidelines explains how  clinical interaction can be navigated based on the embodied concepts of subjectivity,  intersubjectivity and reflexivity. Part III: Embodied Training and Supervision presents  innovative approaches to training in emotional communication inspired by the  performing arts. The book ends with a consideration of the embodied analyst in the  21st century consulting room.

Capturing key aspects of a transitional movement in the development of  psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, The Embodied Analyst is ideal for those working  and training in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.

“In this lucid, judicious, and important book, Jon Sletvold integrates material from  contemporary neuroscience, attachment and infant research, philosophy, and the history of psychoanalysis to give his reader an analyst for the twenty-first century. Through his reading of Freud’s body ego and affect theory, as well as Reich’s character analysis, Sletvold revisits the corporeal foundations of psychoanalytic thought and creates links among ideas that have often been perceived as incompatible. Sletvold’s consistently undogmatic,  intellectually open, and compassionate explication of the implicit and explicit dynamics  between analyst and patient is a pleasure to read.”
– Siri Hustvedt

JSletvolkdFJon Sletvold is a Faculty, Training and Supervising Analyst at the Norwegian Character Analytic Institute. He is former chair of the Psychotherapy Speciality Board of the Norwegian Psychological Association and is co-editor of two previous books.

Jon Sletvold
Edmund Neuperts gate 2
0475 Oslo, Norway
Tel.: 0047 41559226
Jon Sletvold

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