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Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. These are the readers Bruce Fink addresses in this clear and practical account of Lacan's highly ori "The goal of my teaching has always been, and remains, to train analysts.
These are the readers Bruce Fink addresses in this clear and practical account of Lacan's highly original approach to therapy. Written by a clinician for clinicians, Fink's Introduction is an invaluable guide to Lacanian psychoanalysis, how it's done, and how it differs from other forms of therapy.
While elucidating many of Lacan's theoretical notions, the book does so from the perspective of the practitioner faced with the pressing questions of diagnosis, what therapeutic stance to adopt, how to involve the patient, and how to bring about change. Fink provides a comprehensive overview of Lacanian analysis, explaining the analyst's aims and interventions at each point in the treatment.
He uses four case studies to elucidate Lacan's unique structural approach to diagnosis. These cases, taking up both theoretical and clinical issues in Lacan's views of psychosis, perversion, and neurosis, highlight the very different approaches to treatment that different situations demand. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published September 15th by Harvard University Press first published More Details Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Jan 05, Chris rated it it was amazing Shelves: psychology-philosophy. After having a go at Lacan's writings directly- I fell back to the common piece of advice: read about Lacanian theory before you read it directly. Fink's Clinical Introduction was the first text I went to, and found it extremely helpful.
Notions that are used in various contexts in other author's works, like the 'Real,''object a,' etc. For this reason, I can see how this book would also suit the psychoanalytically minded c After having a go at Lacan's writings directly- I fell back to the common piece of advice: read about Lacanian theory before you read it directly.
For this reason, I can see how this book would also suit the psychoanalytically minded clinical psychologist ,despite only being a student myself; throughout the book, he also compares and contrasts ego-psychology the prevalent approach in the Anglo-Saxon world with Lacan's thoery. Understanding these fundamental structural categories in the clinical context, brought the theory back down to earth for me- making other abstract theorists work- like the Lacanian philosopher Slavoj Zizek, more approachable reads as well.
One bit of information I will mention, however, is that in going into an overview of Lacan from a clinical perspective, Fink is forced to cut some corners on the theory side of things. For this, of course, he has another book: 'The Lacanian Subject.
Heck, I'll just read this one again afterward. So I suppose it depends on what it is you are hoping to get out of your reading, in deciding which to read, or in what order.
Dec 26, Ben Loory rated it really liked it. View 1 comment. Dec 28, Alan Scott rated it really liked it. So, you are interested in the psychoanalytic theory of Jacques Lacan are you?
This is brilliant and essential reading. This book discusses Lacanian theory as a clinical practice-- taking it out of the abstract philsophical realm to explain how it is practically applied in the field, which So, you are interested in the psychoanalytic theory of Jacques Lacan are you?
This book discusses Lacanian theory as a clinical practice-- taking it out of the abstract philsophical realm to explain how it is practically applied in the field, which is a truly unique endeavor.
By showing us how it is practically applied, we get a better grasp on how his theory works in "everyday life. It talks, for instance, at length and coherantly about the differences between "neurotics," "psychotics," and "perverts:" how they are diagnosed and how they are treated. The appendices includes a list of terms buttonholes, fundamental fantasy, etc and a list of books and lectures where Lacan and Freud discuss these terms. For those interested in Lacanian theory-- an essential text.
Jun 30, Tom Meade rated it really liked it. Not quite finished with this yet, but I have to give it props for managing to achieve the seeming impossible and deliver a lucid and easily comprehensible overview of Lacan. I suppose it helps that Fink is dealing with most of Lacan's notions in expressly clinical terms.
Unfortunately, this does mean that while the book is great for providing insights into the operations of the human mind, it makes it a bit less useful as a critical tool for a guy who just wants to write a damned essay.
It's also Not quite finished with this yet, but I have to give it props for managing to achieve the seeming impossible and deliver a lucid and easily comprehensible overview of Lacan. It's also a bit of a worry in that the book has given me several psychotherapy-themed nightmares. Dec 31, Tom Syverson rated it it was amazing.
Jacques Lacan is often confusedly lumped in with "post-structuralism", but Fink here presents Lacanian psychoanalysis at its most rigorously structuralist. But truly, Fink's book is an outstanding accomplishment and an Jacques Lacan is often confusedly lumped in with "post-structuralism", but Fink here presents Lacanian psychoanalysis at its most rigorously structuralist.
But truly, Fink's book is an outstanding accomplishment and an invaluable resource for Americans interested in the work of Lacan. Americans interestd in psychoanalysis have long not had access to quality translations of Lacan's work and encounter much difficulty studying him in rigorous academic environments -he's simply not taught outside of the humanities; when American students do get taught anything about Lacan, it's in decidedly non-clinical contexts which of course hijack and re-purpose his work in a way that only replicates his notorious reputation.
This is a sequel or compliment to Fink's first book The Lacanian Subject , in that it takes Lacan's absolutely stunning theoretical contributions and shows how they are actually put into practice.
The illustrative value of this project can hardly be overstated. From Lacan's provocative theory of psychosis, to the beautiful symmetry of the twin neuroses hysteria and obsession, I'd wager that very few books out there can give you a better handle on Lacan than this book.
Thus, I cannot recommend this book highly enough for people serious about learning about Lacan. The real Lacan. He wasn't a philosopher, he wasn't a social critic or a poet or an essayist; he was a clinical psychoanalyst. It is only in this context that his work can be truly understood and appreciated, insofar as understanding Lacan is possible to begin with. This is a medium-difficulty book on Lacan I'd say.
The dense and extensive endnotes in this book cite Lacanian Subject constantly, so it's better to read that one first rather than getting mere hints of the book's more broad theoretical discussions. Forget Zizek. Read Fink.
Apr 14, Daddy Stirner rated it really liked it. Fink be a chad lad. Feb 13, Danica rated it really liked it Shelves: life-changing , read-more-than-once. This book was recommended to me as a good place to begin understanding what Lacan's work is about. Bruce Fink emphasizes that this is merely a survey and is intended to be neither exhaustive nor absolutely objective. This doesn't prevent him from being quite dense at moments, but the book is fascinating, informative and easy to grasp for the most part.
Without further experience with Lacan's own writings, what stands out to me is how Fink makes clinical sense of the seemingly nebulous life work This book was recommended to me as a good place to begin understanding what Lacan's work is about. Without further experience with Lacan's own writings, what stands out to me is how Fink makes clinical sense of the seemingly nebulous life work of one person.
The book succinctly and eloquently progresses through defining the therapeutic relationship and common possible diagnoses of patients. The reader will find him or herself following Lacan's development of the ideas of the subject meaning psychoanalytic patient and the structures that create personality and personhood as they evolved through his lifetime.
Full of rich footnotes. Compassionate and stimulating. I will most likely read this again. I read it again! It's worth it! Apr 07, Kristi rated it it was amazing. Seeing how Lacanian theory happens in practice makes the finer points of the theory easier to grasp. Nov 05, Tobias Wiggins rated it it was amazing. An excellent introduction to the lacanian clinic.
Well rounded and accessible. Oct 24, Rebecca rated it really liked it Shelves: psychology.
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A Clinical Introduction to Lacanian Psychoanalysis: Theory and Technique
Bruce Fink (psychoanalyst)