Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Pollock, Andrew. "Review of Bruce Fink's FUNDAMENTALS OF PSYCHOANALYTICAL TECHNIQUE." METAPSYCHOLOGY ONLINE REVIEWS 12.1 (2008).
Fink, Bruce. Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Technique: a Lacanian Approach for Practitioners. New York: Norton, 2007. Jacques Lacan's theory has had a surprisingly limited affect on American psychoanalytic thought, and almost no noticeable affect on how analysis is conducted in the United States. Lacan himself was openly contemptuous of American interpretations of Freud, and made pointed comments about the failings he saw in Ego Psychology, in particular. Even now, 26 years after his death, the ascendance of Relational psychoanalysis in America is strictly incompatible with Lacan's articulated understanding of what occurs during analysis. The result is that in America, Lacan is more often read in university literature courses than he is taught in therapeutic training programs, and American therapists have, for the most part, not had the benefit of engaging with his rich and varied contributions. Bruce Fink's new book, Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Technique: a Lacanian Approach for Practitioners, goes a long way toward providing the kind of systematic introduction to Lacanian technique that is sorely needed in the United States. Fink's book also manages to ground an introduction of Lacan's theory in rich descriptions of the analytic encounter. Along with Fink's earlier A Clinical Introduction to Lacanian Psychoanalysis, and his recent new translations of Lacan's seminal Ecrits, Fink's project redresses the unbalanced focus on a theoretical version of Lacan in America today. . . . Read the rest here: http://metapsychology.mentalhelp.net/poc/view_doc.php?type=book&id=4008.