"Psychoanalysis: The Major Concepts" by Burness Moore

Psychoanalysis: The Major Concepts Burness Moore, Bernard Fine

Publication date:
10 Nov 1999
Yale University Press
608 pages: 254 x 178mm


In this important book, experts in the field survey current psychoanalytic theory, discussing its principles, technical aspects, clinical phenomena, and applications. The book is both an introduction to and a statement of mainstream American psychoanalysis today and will be a standard reference for psychoanalytic trainees, authors, and teachers.

Under the direction of the editors and a distinguished panel of advisors, the contributors present a broad overview of more than forty key clinical and theoretical concepts. They define each concept, trace its historical development within psychoanalysis, describe its present status, discuss criticisms and controversies about it, and point out emerging trends. A selected reference list is supplied for each concept. Together, the articles provide a systematic examination of the theoretical infrastructure of psychoanalysis.

The book has been designed as a companion volume to Psychoanalytic Terms and Concepts, a glossary edited by Drs. Moore and Fine under the auspices of the American Psychoanalytic Association.

Burness E. Moore, M.D., is clinical professor of psychiatry at the Emory University School of Medicine and training and supervising analyst emeritus at the Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute. He is a former president of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the New York Psychoanalytic Institute. The late Bernard D. Fine, M.D., was clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the New York University College of Medicine. 

Winner of the Choice 1996 Outstanding Academic Book Award

"I believe that Psychoanalysis: The Major Concepts is a remarkable achievement, and Burness Moore. . . his Editorial Board, and Consultants and all the Contributors deserve unstinting praise. The book should command a wide readership. It will be invaluable to everyone who is interested in knowing the state of mid-stream psychoanalysis in North America at this time. All mental health professionals, medical students, psychiatric residents, psychoanalytic candidates, senior psychoanalysts and educated lay people will find this work a treasured reference tool."?David S. Werman, International Journal of Psycho-Analysis

"The essays range widely in style, form those exceptionally clearly written, as for example by Pulver, and as such with special value for beginners, to those that are exceedingly scholastic in the high medieval sense, such as the chapter on narcissism by Moore. . . or on 'self' by Vann Spruiell. Some of the chapter, for example those by McLaughlin on 'resistance' and by Renik and Grossman on 'working with dreams,' are of great technical value and go into considerable detail. . . . A standard and enduring psychoanalytic textbook."?Richard D. Chessick, M.D., Ph.D., American Journal of Psychotherapy

"Psychoanalysis: The Major Concepts is an important contribution, both as a reference work and as a textbook. It succeeds in being useful to a readership ranging from the psychiatric resident and early psychoanalytic candidate to the serious psychoanalytic scholar and researcher. . . . I recommend it with enthusiasm."?James L. Nash, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

"Undoubtedly, this book is one of the most comprehensive and complete volumes on the major concepts of psychoanalytic training, therapy, and theory that this reviewer has read. . . . It is of uniformly high quality. A superb addition to any library."?Choice