A Clinical Introduction to Lacanian Psychoanalysis: Theory and Technique
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A Clinical Introduction to Lacanian Psychoanalysis: Theory and Technique


"The goal of my teaching has always been, and remains, to train analysts."
--Jacques Lacan, Seminar XI, 209

Arguably the most profound psychoanalytic thinker since Freud, and deeply influential in many fields, Jacques Lacan often seems opaque to those he most wanted to reach. These are the readers Bruce Fink addresses in this clear and practical account of Lacan's highly original approach to therapy. Written by a clinician for clinicians, Fink's Introduction is an invaluable guide to Lacanian psychoanalysis, how it's done, and how it differs from other forms of therapy. While elucidating many of Lacan's theoretical notions, the book does so from the perspective of the practitioner faced with the pressing questions of diagnosis, what therapeutic stance to adopt, how to involve the patient, and how to bring about change.

Fink provides a comprehensive overview of Lacanian analysis, explaining the analyst's aims and interventions at each point in the treatment. He uses four case studies to elucidate Lacan's unique structural approach to diagnosis. These cases, taking up both theoretical and clinical issues in Lacan's views of psychosis, perversion, and neurosis, highlight the very different approaches to treatment that different situations demand.

Title:A Clinical Introduction to Lacanian Psychoanalysis: Theory and Technique
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:297 pages

    A Clinical Introduction to Lacanian Psychoanalysis: Theory and Technique Reviews

  • Ben Loory
    Dec 26, 2013

    surprisingly clear, though at times it did feel like someone dumped a vial of acid on my brain, i could actually feel it in there bubbling and burning, not an altogether unpleasant experience however....

  • Alan Scott
    Dec 28, 2008

    So, you are interested in the psychoanalytic theory of Jacques Lacan are you? Then I am happy to tell you that this book-- perhaps more than any other I have found-- will help you to get a grasp on wh...

  • Tom Meade
    Jun 30, 2009

    Not quite finished with this yet, but I have to give it props for managing to achieve the seeming impossible and deliver a lucid and easily comprehensible overview of Lacan. I suppose it helps that Fi...

  • Danica
    Feb 13, 2013

    This book was recommended to me as a good place to begin understanding what Lacan's work is about. Bruce Fink emphasizes that this is merely a survey and is intended to be neither exhaustive nor absol...

  • Kristi
    Apr 07, 2009

    Seeing how Lacanian theory happens in practice makes the finer points of the theory easier to grasp....

  • Toby Wiggins
    Nov 05, 2014

    An excellent introduction to the lacanian clinic. Well rounded and accessible. ...

  • Rebecca
    Oct 24, 2008

    Fink manages to make most of Lacan readable, but I'll admit to becoming a bit glassy-eyed by the end. ...

  • Tom Syverson
    Dec 31, 2014

    Jacques Lacan is often confusedly lumped in with "post-structuralism", but Fink here presents Lacanian psychoanalysis at its most rigorously structuralist. The author expresses some misgivings on this...

  • Chris
    Jan 05, 2012

    After having a go at Lacan's writings directly- I fell back to the common piece of advice: read about Lacanian theory before you read it directly. Fink's Clinical Introduction was the first text I wen...

  • Chris
    Apr 03, 2012

    This books serves as a great introduction to Lacan from the clinical perspective. It gives a brief rundown of some basic psychoanalytic concepts and then lays out some fundamental features of differen...

About Bruce Fink

Bruce Fink is a practicing Lacanian psychoanalyst and analytic supervisor. He trained as a psychoanalyst in France for seven years with and is now a member of the psychoanalytic institute Jacques Lacan created shortly before his death, the École de la Cause freudienne in Paris, and obtained his Ph.D. from the Department of Psychoanalysis at the University of Paris VIII (Saint-Denis). He served as