Psychoanalytic Perspectives: A Psychoanalytic Reader

Edited by Christopher Clulow

'Threading through the chapters of this book is a strong sense of the interconnection between sexual behaviour and patterns of attachment in couple relationships. Each provides a window on the other, and, like a double helix, they snake an intertwined pathway together over the life course.

Different psychoanalytic conceptual narratives may give one spiral prominence over the other, and they may differ in the images they use in telling this central story of life, but there is an emerging relatedness and coherence between the perspectives that they offer.'
- Christopher Clulow, from the Introduction



Edited by: Christopher Clulow

The contributors to this book have drawn on different mentors to provide a framework for understanding the sexual problems of the couples they see, and to inform the work they do. But whether Freud, Jung, Klein or Bowlby has been the progenitor of their own particular therapeutic narrative, the spirit of enquiry and curiosity is evident in their approach. This has created space to explore the dimensions of sex, love, hate and power in ways that allow the facts of life to emerge and be discovered as something unique and authentic to each couple. It has also created a platform from which new understandings may emerge to inform practice in the future.



Foreword: Peter Fonagy

Chapter 1: The Facts Of Life: An Introduction - Christopher Clulow

Chapter 2: Does Psychoanalysis Need Sexology? - Brett Kahr

Chapter 3: What Do We Mean By ‘Sex’? - Warren Colman

Chapter 4: Lively And Deathly Intercourse - Francis Grier

Chapter 5: Separated Attachments And Sexual Aliveness - Susie Orbach

Chapter 6: Dynamics And Disorders Of Sexual Desire - Christopher Clulow & Maureen Boerma

Chapter 7: Sexual Dread And Therapist Desire - Susanna Abse

Chapter 8: Loss Of Desire And Therapist Dread - Sandy Rix & Avi Shmueli

Chapter 9: Loss Of Desire: A Psychosexual Case Study - Laura Green & Jane Seymour

Chapter 10: Power Versus Love In Sadomasochistic Couple Relationships - David Hewison

Chapter 11: From Fear Of Intimacy To Perversion - Mary Morgan & Judith Freedman

Chapter 12: Perversion As Protection - Joanna Rosenthall

Chapter 13: Intimacy And Sexuality In Later Life - Andrew Balfour

 Notes about the author:

Christopher Clulow is a Senior Fellow of the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships, Founding Member and Vice Chair of the Society of Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists, Honorary Research Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic and a Fellow of the Centre for Social Policy at Dartington. He is a Patron of Hertfordshire Central Relate and a Trustee for several charitable bodies working in the field of family support. He is the author or editor of nine other books and over a hundred published papers that consider marriage, partnerships, parenthood and couple psychotherapy, most recently from an attachment perspective. He was Therapies Editor of the international journal Sexual and Relationship Therapy between 1996 – 2008, and Chair of the International Commission for Family and Interpersonal Relationships between 1987–1994. He teaches in this country and overseas, and lives with his family in St Albans where he has a private couple psychotherapy practice.


Editor : Christopher Clulow

Publisher : Karnac Books

Published : 2009

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