Interview: Irwin Hirsch, PhD

Below is an interview conducted by Dr. John Turtz, former co-director of the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis, with Dr. Irwin Hirsch regarding his latest book, The Interpersonal Tradition: The Origins of Psychoanalytic Subjectivity. Irwin’s book offers deep insights into the history and tenets of Interpersonal psychoanalysis and highlights such issues as therapist subjectivity, the therapist as co-participant, the role of enactment, and the dissociative model of the unconscious.

Irwin is one of the founders as well as former Director of the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis, where he is currently a supervisor and faculty member.  In addition, he serves as faculty and supervisor at NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and at the National Program of the National Institute for the Psychotherapies (NIP), and is distinguished visiting faculty at the William Alanson White Institute.  Along with being on the Editorial Boards of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Dialogues, and Psychoanalytic Perspectives, Irwin has written over 75 articles, chapters and reviews.  His first book, Coasting in the Countertransference: Conflicts of Self-Interest between Analyst and Patient won the Goethe Award in 2008.


Full Interview


1. The Interpersonal Tradition

2. Interpersonalists and Relationalists

3. Self-Psychology, Winnicottian Theory and Personal Agency

4. Trauma

5. Edgar Levenson & Projective Identification

6. Countertransference

7. Dissociation, Enactment and the Unconscious

8. Recognition of Interpersonal Tradition

9.0 Moralistic Attitudes with Regard to Infidelity

9.1 On the Concept of Cure

9.2 Advice to Recent Graduates and Those in Training