Sheldon Itzkowitz and Elizabeth Howell, eds.

The Dissociative Mind in Psychoanalysis

Understanding and Working with Trauma

Routledge 2016

New Books in PsychoanalysisNew Books in Science & TechnologyNew Books Network June 30, 2016 Chris Bandini

The rediscovery of trauma in the analytic field coupled with the the development of the concept of dissociation is the focus of a new...

The rediscovery of trauma in the analytic field coupled with the the development of the concept of dissociation is the focus of a new book edited by two preeminent clinicians, Sheldon Itzkowitz and Elizabeth HowellThe Dissociative Mind in Psychoanalysis: Understanding and Working with Trauma (Routledge, 2016). In this interview, we discuss how this edited book was undertaken and current and historic views of the role of trauma. The authors contend that the concept of trauma itself has been dissociated in the profession, essentially since the disavowal by Freud of infant sexuality. It is only since the relational turn in psychoanalysis that trauma has once again moved to the forefront of clinical work. Here we discuss some of the historic implications as well as several of the twenty two authors’ chapters in this well edited and concise book.


Christopher Bandini, LCSW, is in private practice in New York City. Twitter: @cebandini.

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