A Clinical Introduction to Freud

Techniques for Everyday Practice

Bruce Fink (Author)

Overview | Contents

Freud’s central theories explained in the context of modern therapy.

Often overlooked because he is so easy to mock, ridicule, or just plain misunderstand, Freud introduced many techniques for clinical practice that are still widely employed today. Yet surprisingly, there has never been a clinical introduction to Freud's work that might be of use to students and professionals in their everyday lives and careers. Until now.

Bruce Fink, who is his generation's most respected translator of Lacan's work and a profound interpreter of Freud's, has written the definitive clinical introduction to Freud. This book presents Freud in an eminently usable way, providing readers with a plethora of examples from everyday life and clinical practice illustrating the insightfulness and continued applicability of Freud's ideas.

The overriding focus is on techniques Freud developed for going directly toward the unconscious, illustrating how we can employ them today and perhaps even improve on them. Fink also lays out many of Freud's fundamental concepts—such as repression, isolation, displacement, anxiety, affect, free association, repetition, obsession, and wish-fulfillment—and situates them in highly applicable clinical contexts.

The emphasis throughout is on the myriad techniques developed by Freud that clinicians of all backgrounds and orientations can draw upon to put in their therapy toolbox, whether or not they identify as "Freudians."

With references ranging from Star Trek and the Moody Blues to hard drives and unicorns, Bruce Fink's elegant writing brings Freud into sharp focus for clinicians of all backgrounds. To readers who ask with an open mind "Does this approach allow me to see anything that I had not seen before in my clinical work?" this book will offer many new insights.

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • March 2017
  • ISBN 978-0-393-71196-7
  • 6.4 × 9.6 in / 384 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“Until this book, there has been no rigorous introduction to Freud for clinicians in English. Bruce Fink has not only written a superb guide for those who work in the talking therapies, but he has also managed to produce a kind of psychopathology of everyday life in the consulting room. Expositions of theory are combined with examples that will resonate with every clinician's daily practice, making a truly persuasive case for the contemporary relevance of Freud. Avoiding hagiography, Fink is both a generous and a critical reader of Freud, and I would recommend this book not only to clinicians but to anyone seeking a general introduction to Freudian theory and practice.” — Darian Leader, Psychoanalyst, Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research, London

“Bruce Fink's Clinical Introduction to Freud is a richly and refreshingly technique-focused work addressed to a wide range of practicing and aspiring clinicians. As a close reading of Freud's texts (inspired by Lacan) and an accessible elaboration of Freudian technique, this book positions the reader to develop flexible, highly applicable clinical skills by thinking through Freud. This book is a highly relevant and welcome resource.” — Amy Taylor, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, The Austen Riggs Center

“Bruce Fink has long been one of the world's foremost authorities on the work of Jacques Lacan. Here, in true Lacanian fashion, he establishes himself as a Freudian. In his trademark style—engaging, informative, and clear without being reductive—Fink deftly guides the reader through a number of Freud's major works. What shines through is the clinical relevance of Freud's theoretical concepts for practitioners today.” — Stephanie Swales, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Dallas and private practice

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