Instructor: James Traub, LCSW
Phone: 212.787.4002 Email:

Syllabus see below.

The course will explore the clinical and theoretical contributions of writers who, in a variety of ways, developed the contributions of Sullivan, Ferenczi, Fromm, and Thompson, the pioneers of interpersonal psychoanalysis. In addition to focusing on the work of writers who explicitly identify themselves as interpersonalists, we will also consider some who refer to themselves as relational or constructivist because they have been significantly influenced by the interpersonal tradition.

Week 1. Introduction: Sullivan, Fromm and the Beginnings of
Contemporary Interpersonal Thought.

Hirsch, I. (1997) “The Integration of the Interpersonal School into
The Psychoanalytic Mainstream.” Contemporary Psychoanalysis:
33, 4: 665-669.

Frankel, J. (1998) “Are Interpersonal and Relational Psychoanalysis
The Same?” Contemporary Psychoanalysis: 34, 4: 485-500.

Hirsch, I. (1998) “Further Thoughts About Interpersonal and
Relational Perspectives.” Contemporary Psychoanalysis: 34, 4:

Week 2. The Developmental Process: The Self and Structure.

Mitchell, S. (1992) “True Selves, False Selves, and the Ambiguity
Of Authenticity.” In Relational Perspectives in Psychoanalysis. Ed.
N. Skolnick and S. Warshaw. N.J.: The Analytic Press, p. 1-20.

Levenson, E. (1989) “Whatever Happened to the Cat?” Contemporary
Psychoanalysis: 24, 4: 537-553.

Stern D. (1994) “Conceptions of Structure in Interpersonal
Psychoanalysis.” Contemporary Psychoanalysis: 30, 2: 255-300.

Hirsch, I. and Roth, J. (1995) ”Changing Concepts of Unconscious.”
Contemporary Psychoanalysis: 31, 2 : 262-276.

Week 3. The Developmental Process: Individuation, intimacy, Relatedness.

Barnett, J. (1978) “On the Dynamics of Interpersonal Isolation.”
Journal of the Academy of Psychoanalysis: 6, 1: 59-70

Benjamin, J. (1992) “Recognition and Destruction.” In Relational
Perspectives in Psychoanalysis. Ed. N. Skolnick and S. Warshaw.
N.J.: The Analytic Press, p. 43-59.

Levenson, E. (1983) The Ambiguity of Change. N.Y.: Basic Books,
Chapter 4         Chapter 5         Chapter 13.

Week 4. Development and Change: Attachment, Autonomy,

Fromm: E. (1964)” Incestuous Ties.” In The Heart of Man. N.Y.:
Harper and Row, p. 95-113.

Briggs, R. (1991) “Resistance and the Sense of Self.”
Contemporary Psychoanalysis: 27, 4: 748-763.

Levenson, E. (1983) The Ambiguity of Change. N.Y.: Basic Books,
p. 146-164.

Shapiro, R. (1985) “Separation-Individuation and the Compulsion
To Repeat.” Contemporary Psychoanalysis: 21, 2: 297-308.

Week 5: The Data of Psychoanalysis: Theory, Knowing, Meaning.

Mitchell, S. (1993) “What Does the Analyst Know?” In Hope and
Dread in Psychoanalysis. N.Y.: Basic Books, 40-66.

Levenson, E. (1981) “Facts or Fantasies: On the Nature of
Psychoanalytic Data.” Contemporary Psychoanalysis: 17, 4: 486-

Hirsch, I. (2015) “Analysts’ Observing Participation With Theory.”
In The Interpersonal Tradition: The Origins of Psychoanalytic
Subjectivity. London and New York: Routledge, p. 163-180.

        Hoffman, I. (1991) “Towards a Social-Constructivist View of the
Psychoanalytic Situation.” Psychoanalytic Dialogues: 1, 1: 74-105.

Week 6: The Psychoanalytic Relationship: From Participant-
Observation To Observing Participant.

Mitchell, S. (1997) “Introduction: From Heresy to Reformation.” In
Influence and Autonomy in Psychoanalysis. N.J.: The Analytic
Press, p. 1-28.

Hirsch, I. (1987) “Varying Modes of Analytic Participation.” Journal
Of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis: 15, 2: 205-222.

Mendelsohn, E. (2002) “The Analyst’s Bad-Enough Participation.”
Psychoanalytic Dialogues: 12: 331-358

Week 7: The Analyst’s Participation: Analytic Intimacy.

Ehrenberg, D. (1974) “The Intimate Edge in Therapeutic
Relatedness.” Contemporary Psychoanalysis: 10, 4: 423-437.

Hoffman, I. (1996) “The Intimate Authority of the Psychoanalyst’s
Presence.” Psychoanalytic Quarterly: LXV: 102-136.

Hoffman, I. (1998) “Expressive Participation and Psychoanalytic
Discipline.” In Ritual and Spontaneity in the Psychoanalytic
Process. N.J.: The Analytic Press: 179-191.

Mendelsohn, E. (2007) “Analytic Love: Possibilities and Limitations.” Psychoanalytic Inquiry: 27: 219-245.

Week 8: The Analyst’s Participation: Self-Disclosure.

Aron, L. (1996) “On Knowing and Being Known.” In A Meeting
Of the Minds. N.J.: The Analytic Press, p. 221-253.

Ehrenberg, D. (1995)” Self-Disclosure: Therapeutic Tool or
Indulgence?” Contemporary Psychoanalysis: 31. 2: 213-

Levenson, E. (1996). “Aspects of Self-Revelation and Self-
Disclosure.” Contemporary Psychoanalysis: 32, 2: 237-248.

Mitchell, S. (1993) “Wishes, Needs and Interpersonal
Negotiations.” In Hope and Dread in Psychoanalysis. N.Y.:
Basic Books, p. 175-201.

Week 9: The Analytic Process: The Transaction.

Hoffman, I. (1988)” Dialectical Thinking and Therapeutic Action.” In
Ritual and Spontaneity in the Psychoanalytic Process. N.J. The
Analytic Press, p. 193-217.

Levenson, E. (1991) “The Purloined Self.” InThe Purloined Self.
N.Y.: Contemporary Psychoanalytic Books, p. 175-184.

Levenson, E. (1993) “Shoot the Messenger: Interpersonal Aspects
Of The Analyst’s Interpetations.” Contemporary Psychoanalysis: 29, 3: 383-396.

Stern, D. (1997) “Courting Surprise.” In Unformulated Experience:
From Dissociation to Imagination in Psychoanalysis. N.J.: The
Analytic Press, p. 235-255.

Week 10 The Analytic Process: Change and Reluctance to Change.

Levenson, E. (1994) “Beyond Countertransference: Aspects of
The Analyst’s Desire.” Contemporary Psychoanalysis: 30, 4:

Hirsch, I. (2008) “Coasting in the Countertransference: The
Analyst’s Pursuit of Self-Interest.” In: Coasting in the
Countertransference: Conflicts of Self-Interest Between Analyst
And Patient. N.Y.: The Analytic Press, p. 1-25.

Stern, D. (1989) “The Analyst’s Unformulated Experience of the
Patient.” Contemporary Psychoanalysis: 25, 1: 1-33.

Hart, A. (1999) “Reclaiming the Analyst’s Disruptive Role.” Contemporary Psychoanalysis: 35, 2: 185-211.