Psychoanalytic Dialogues (PSYCHOANAL DIALOGUES)

Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Journal description

Even in 1991, its initial year of publication, PD was singled out by Newsweek as being at the center of a revitalization of psychoanalytic thinking. "With the infusion of new blood," Newsweek wrote, "a welcome hubbub of lectures, debates and competing ideas is being heard in the analytic marketplace again. Articles and books - many of them by women psychologists - are tumbling off the presses, and adding to the din is a provocative new journal, Psychoanalytic Dialogues, that has been airing fresh views on the relationship between doctor and patient and the psychoanalytic process itself." Since that time, PD has continued to explore the overlapping perspectives that regard relational configurations between self and others, real and fantasied, as the pathway to understanding human motivation and as the locus of psychodynamic explanation. These perspectives grow out of various traditions: interpersonal psychoanalysis; British object relations theories; self psychology; infancy research and child development; and contemporary Freudian thought.

Current impact factor: 0.82

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2009 Impact Factor 0.75

Additional details

5-year impact 0.79
Cited half-life 8.40
Immediacy index 0.59
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.43
Website Psychoanalytic Dialogues website
Other titles Psychoanalytic dialogues
ISSN 1048-1885
OCLC 20863332
Material type Periodical
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: In this response to discussions of my paper, "The Fire of Eros: Sexuality and the Movement Toward Union," I take up considerations of transgression, primitive terror, paradox, containment, and the ecstatic. I clarify that I conceptualize the movement toward union as neither a static state nor the totality of sexuality, but rather as one aspect of erotic experience.
    Psychoanalytic Dialogues 09/2015; 25(5):655-659. DOI:10.1080/10481885.2015.1077666
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    ABSTRACT: Reviewing Rundels spectrum model of differentiation-dedifferentiation and its role in sexuality and oceanic experiences, Vaughan discusses another way of conceptualizing Rundels clinical material in terms that do not involve a binary with poles. Using Lakoff and Johnsons work on the body in the mind and on metaphor as arising from properties of the physical and bodily world. In addition, Vaughan notes, the friction produced by the literal and figurative rubbing up against bodies and boundaries in sexuality is partly responsible for the Fire of Eros. In transcendent experiences of sexuality we are at once both most fully ourselves and most interdigitated with and connected to others.
    Psychoanalytic Dialogues 09/2015; 25(5):638-645. DOI:10.1080/10481885.2015.1077664
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    ABSTRACT: This brief note introduces a memoir by Robert S. Wallerstein, M.D. Wallersteins essay reviews his career, beginning as an internist and soon as a psychiatrist-psychoanalyst. Wallersteins professional account of his development tracks the historical periods within which it unfolded. This reflects his own social and political awareness, which was expressed in the activist spirit that vitalized his work within established medical and psychoanalytic institutions.
    Psychoanalytic Dialogues 09/2015; 25(5):533-535. DOI:10.1080/10481885.2015.1077043
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    ABSTRACT: Rundels paper explores exciting conceptual links between sexuality and experiences conventionally thought of as mystical. Here she makes the convincing argument that sexuality and orgasm are uniquely equipped to produce experiences of dedifferentiation, which can, in turn, lead to radical psychic transformations. I explore this idea to propose that not all sexualities are equally viable candidates for the evocation of dedifferentiated experiences. Transgression is a vital ingredient to that process, and I explain why I think so. I end with suggesting that we have to approach dedifferentiation with measured excitement, as a topos of instability. What can issue from it are not only productive and transformational dysregulations but also self-destructiveness and, at times, more malignant psychotic fragmentations.
    Psychoanalytic Dialogues 09/2015; 25(5):631-637. DOI:10.1080/10481885.2015.1077663
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    ABSTRACT: This paper discusses psychoanalytic psychotherapy with a prodigious artist presenting with a unique form of dissociation involving compulsive nearly continuous travel. Symptoms of insomnia, restless work, and flight originated in traumatic experience from his childhood past and his inherited paternal childhood past in Occupied French North Africa. Faimbergs "telescoping of generations" and Abrahams "phantom" describe disavowed trauma in earlier generations, often grandparents, transmitted unconsciously to children and grandchildren. Family trauma and attendant-buried secrets evade consciousness and resist analytic attention. By recognizing and witnessing his own traumatic inheritance, the analyst successfully negotiated a significant impasse with an approach different from his relatively classical training. A more relational approach, co-constructed by patient and analyst, enhanced the patients experience of being understood. Alternative communication including alterations in the frame, mutual enactment, and analytic witnessing, along with verbal communication, created a more settled frame and deepening of the treatment.
    Psychoanalytic Dialogues 09/2015; 25(5):600-613. DOI:10.1080/10481885.2015.1077050
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    ABSTRACT: This is a personal account of my own voyage of discovery in psychoanalysis, as I have known it over a 64-year period from 1949 to 2013. The happenings described, and my take on them at the time, are as I today remember them, and I think they are true to the facts. I am not as confident about all the dates, though I made a library effort to confirm whenever I had doubts.
    Psychoanalytic Dialogues 09/2015; 25(5):536-556. DOI:10.1080/10481885.2015.1077037
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    ABSTRACT: The author posits a distinction-union structure made up substructures veering more toward distinction (difference) and more toward union. Mixtures of these subtendencies open many experiential dimensions. Discussion includes Bions O, Marion Milners zero (pregnant emptiness), communion (co-union), scenes from Bions A Memoir of the Future, orgasmic thought, jouissance, and a climactic orgasm-death scene in the Zohar. There are so many kinds of O-moments reaching beyond imaginings, opening ones heart to unknown intimacies.
    Psychoanalytic Dialogues 09/2015; 25(5):646-654. DOI:10.1080/10481885.2015.1077665
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    ABSTRACT: There is a long tradition of analysands who have remained silent after traumatic betrayals. The difficulty in speaking to what happened has its origins in intrapsychic, intersubjective, and institutional dynamics. In this discussion of Dianne Elises paper, the author explores some of the factors involved, including the sense of uncertainty about what happened and its meaning, the transference concerns about how the new analyst views the former analyst, the countertransference paralysis of the new analyst, the disillusionment of members of the analytic community, the striking differences across the spectrum of analysands in their reactions to boundary violations, and the pairing phenomenon described by Bion as it applies to groups of analysts in a community.
    Psychoanalytic Dialogues 09/2015; 25(5):579-585. DOI:10.1080/10481885.2015.1077046
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    ABSTRACT: Focusing on and extrapolating from Elises illumination of the internal representation of the abuser in the abused, Dimen limns how psychoanalysis as a practice inevitably creates clinical quicksand for the analyst. She points to a frailty built into the psychopolitical structure of clinical psychoanalysis: the necessary idealization of the analyst involves not only the projection but the projective identification of goodness. This dynamic creates subjective dangers for the analyst in the context of the works narcissistic gratifications and frustrations, which in turn can lead to the abuse of power known as sexual boundary violations.
    Psychoanalytic Dialogues 09/2015; 25(5):572-578. DOI:10.1080/10481885.2015.1077045
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    ABSTRACT: This discussion explores the far-reaching consequences of betrayal of patients, both at the individual and at the social level. Considering the variety of betrayals Elise describes, there are many deep effects on patients, on the field, on institutions, on a sense of the ethics of the profession and public trust. Particularly interesting and important in Elises paper is the long-ranging effect on many treatments beyond the original dyad. I would argue that betrayal is among the most profoundly important and damaging situation psychoanalysts and psychoanalysis faces. This discussion notices Blegers theory of the setting to consider how deeply events outside a treatment but connected to institutions and communities can impact psychoanalytic work. Crises and betrayals in the field (large and small) deserve our most careful attention. In this discussion the role of shame in the context of betrayals and damage to patients is discussed.
    Psychoanalytic Dialogues 09/2015; 25(5):586-592. DOI:10.1080/10481885.2015.1077047
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    ABSTRACT: This paper addresses the movement toward dedifferentiation of subject and object in the psyche as essential for a full understanding of the strange power of sexuality, and orgasm in particular. The movement toward union is presented as a fundamental, erotically infused softening of difference and boundary between self and other. This tendency toward dedifferentiation is always in dialectic with a movement toward recognition of difference, otherness, and separateness. I suggest that sexuality and orgasm can serve a unique function of allowing for the gathering of excesses of all kinds and dissolving them into an experience of expansion and dedifferentiation. I present my work with a patient for whom exploration of erotic phantasies of merger and union were essential for her recovery from depression and toward creative expansion. The case allows for an inquiry into the importance of phantasies of erotic dedifferentiation for psychic growth.
    Psychoanalytic Dialogues 09/2015; 25(5):614-630. DOI:10.1080/10481885.2015.1077662

  • Psychoanalytic Dialogues 07/2015; 25(4):508-515. DOI:10.1080/10481885.2015.1055176
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    ABSTRACT: In this discussion, I contrast Knafos worry about online inhumanity with a perspective informed by Katherine Hayless humanistic work on cybernetics, the posthuman, and the technological unconscious. Drawing upon my own writing about cyberobjects and reality, I argue that Knafos claim that "technology has invaded our intimate lives" is wildly overstated and that it hinges upon a curious manipulation of a false active/passive binary that is then used as a litmus test for perversion. I challenge Knafos "evolutionary" and materialist claims with reference to the intercourse of perversion and neoliberalism.
    Psychoanalytic Dialogues 07/2015; 25(4):516-523. DOI:10.1080/10481885.2015.1055177

  • Psychoanalytic Dialogues 07/2015; 25(4):426-430. DOI:10.1080/10481885.2015.1055169
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    ABSTRACT: In this paper, I expand my claim that technological advances are significantly altering self-definition and relationship. I address the mixed reactions to the concept of perversion and argue that, despite its problematics, the term should be retained. I respond to Kieffers and Coens request for additional clinical material and highlight Hartmans many misreadings of my paper.
    Psychoanalytic Dialogues 07/2015; 25(4):524-531. DOI:10.1080/10481885.2015.1055178
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    ABSTRACT: In this discussion, certain aspects of the treatment of a severely disturbed patient are considered: (a) the temptation on the part of the analyst to "take sides" against the perverse influence of a pathological organization; (b) the necessity for the analyst to experience, not just understand, the crisis of the patient; and (c) the need for shameless openness in addressing shame states.
    Psychoanalytic Dialogues 07/2015; 25(4):420-422. DOI:10.1080/10481885.2015.1054763
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    ABSTRACT: To engage a man who is terrified of wanting a woman to care for and love him requires helping him with his fear that women will hurt, reject, and ignore him-now with the analyst. When the analyst shifts from her more critical view of Jack as "perverse" toward imagining his "invention" of his substitute woman doll, Maya, with whom he could again open his heart, she is beginning to open her heart to Jack. Telling him her "story" about Oscar Kokoschka invites Jack to come closer to her. Schizoid patients need to be welcomed, slowly and gently, toward human closeness, now by and with the analyst. Some of the difficulties in bearing close, loving feelings between patient and analyst are considered.
    Psychoanalytic Dialogues 07/2015; 25(4):503-507. DOI:10.1080/10481885.2015.1055175