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The Palgrave Lacan Series

Psychosis and Extreme States

An Ethic for Treatment

Authors: Fimiani, Bret

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  • Argues that psychoanalysis has much to learn from psychosis in creating an approach that is effective for the condition
  • Offers a synthesis of clinical and peer model principles that will enable readers to navigate potential transference impasses often encountered in clinical approaches
  • Provides a valuable new framework for practitioners and scholars working in clinical psychology that aims to change how psychosis is understood and treated
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About this book

“This brilliant and beautifully written book invokes a radical reorientation of the treatment of psychosis” Juliet Flower MacCannell, Author of Figuring Lacan and The Hysteric’s Guide to the Future Female Subject.

 

“Bret Fimiani's book offers an illuminating presentation of the Lacanian  approach to psychosis thanks to his clear style which presents Lacanian concepts with a wonderful accuracy, illustrated by examples from his psychoanalytic practice. The dynamic of his investigation challenges the fear of psychosis with testimonies of  lived experiences,  the Hearing Voices Network, and analysts who claim the unclaimed intelligence at work in psychosis."

Francoise Davoine, co-author of History Beyond Trauma

 

This book advances a theory of transference-in-psychosis with the aim of provoking a change in the way the experience of psychosis is understood and thus, clinically treated. It examines the function of ‘ethics’ in the ‘installation’ of transference in the treatment of psychosis and contends that the aim of the psychoanalytic experience is the creation of a new ethic for the analysand and for the treatment. Beginning from the premise that the body of the psychotic is a site of social contestation, the author draws upon the work of Freud, Lacan, Deleuze & Guattari and Apollon to reframe the problem of the ‘body’ (as an effect of language) and its relation to transference, and ethics, in treating psychosis. It argues that psychosis still has much to teach psychoanalysis about how psychoanalysis must continue to change in order to create/offer an approach that is effective for psychosis (versus neurosis) and provides a comprehensive psychoanalytic theory of psychosis that derives, at its core, from the experience of psychosis itself. The book’s synthesis of clinical and ‘peer model’ principles will provide readers with a way to understand and navigate potential transference impasses often encountered with purely clinical approaches. In doing so it provides a valuable new framework for practitioners and scholars working in clinical psychology, psychoanalysis, philosophy, critical theory, psychiatry and social work.

About the authors

​Bret Fimiani is faculty, board member and psychoanalyst of the San Francisco Bay Area Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis, USA, and a clinical psychologist. He works with people experiencing psychosis and extreme states in his private practice in Oakland, CA and at the Haight-Ashbury Integrated Care Center in San Francisco. His research interests include adapting the Lacanian analytic frame for the treatment of psychosis and extreme states.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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eBook $89.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Psychosis and Extreme States
Book Subtitle
An Ethic for Treatment
Authors
Series Title
The Palgrave Lacan Series
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-75440-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-75440-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-75439-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 228
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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