NEW BOOKS 
in the field of communicative psychoanalysis
(Alphabetically by title)

Approaching Psychoanalysis: An Introductory Course by David Livingston Smith, London: Karnac, 1999.

Introductory account of Freudian theory and other major currents in psychoanalytic thought with biographical material on the major theorists. Discussion and clarification of many misconceptions about psychoanalytic theory. Includes critical introductions to numerous competing ideas and theories in psychoanalysis from the perspective of the philosophy of science

Clinical Practice and the Architecture of the Mind by R. Langs, London: Karnac Books, 1995.

A Clinical Workbook for Psychotherapists by R. Langs, London: Karnac Books, 1992

Communicative Psychoanalysis With Children by V. A. Bonac, London: Whurr Publishers, 2000.

A practical text for the child therapist, the book introduces fundamental changes to the treatment of patients of all ages. Part One - "Communicative Theory and Technique of Psychoanalysis" explains the communicative theories of Robert Langs, discusses the rudiments of clinical technique and introduces the new theory of transference response of V. A. Bonac. Part Two - "In the Consultation Room" presents process notes of sessions with children. Five therapists of both genders, located in four countries, treating patients of different cultural, linguistic and racial backgrounds discuss their work. In Part Three - "Are We Created Equal?" the empirical evidence from the wealth of communicative practice forms the basis for the author's philosophical discussion of the universal nature of human equality and for the claim that ethics must be derived from empirical data. 

With contributions from: I. Berns, U. Berns, P. Bowers, J. Kahl-Popp and M. McKee

Controversies in Psychotherapy and Counselling Feltham, C. (Editor), Open University Press, 1999.

The Cosmic Circle: The Unification of Mind, Matter and Energy by R. Langs, A. Badalamenti and L. Thomson, Brooklyn, NY: Alliance, 1996.

Current Psychoanalytic Theories by Robert Langs. International Universities Press, 1999.

Current Theories of Psychoanalysis Edited by R. Langs, Madison, CT: International Universities Press, 1998

Death Anxiety and Clinical Practice by R. Langs, London: Karnac Books, 1997

The Deeper Intelligence by Andrew Gerry Hodges, M.D., Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1994.

A practical guide for the non-professional reader to understand and use the deeper intelligence (or, the deep unconscious wisdom system, as Robert Langs had first described and called it)  by explaining and teaching the ways of the workings of the mind, of indirect communication, of trusting the voice of the deep intelligence. In the words of the author, the book helps one to “discover how the untapped potential of your subconscious mind can transform your relationships, your spirituality and you.”

Dreams and Emotional Adaptation by R. Langs, Phoenix, AZ: Zeig, Tucker & Co., 1999.

The book offers an innovative method of attending to dreams effectively in psychotherapy, no matter what the therapist's professional orientation or to what extent dreamwork is used. Designed as a practical guide for psychotherapists, the author shows how to work with both the surface and the depths of dreams. Multileveled and multidimensional, dreams are arguably among the most profound - and most complex - communications. The fundamental modes of listening to the patients’ material, as well as the ways to intervene are clarified and discussed with the aim to facilitate the therapeutic work of psychodynamic and cognitive psychotherapists alike.

Empowered psychotherapy by R. Langs, London: Karnac Books, 1993.

The Evolution of the Emotion Processing Mind, with an Introduction to Mental Darwinism by R. Langs, London: Karnac Books, 1996

Freud's Philosophy of the Unconscious by David Livingston Smith, Kluwer Academic Publishers: Dordrecht and Boston, 1999.

A definitive study of Freud's philosophy of mind based on ten years' research.

Ground Rules in Psychotherapy and Counseling by R. Langs, London: Karnac Books, 1998

Maintaining boundaries in psychotherapy: a view from evolutionary psychoanalysis by David Livingston Smith, in Controversies in Psychotherapy and Counselling by C. Feltham (Editor), London: Sage, 1999.

A Mother Gone Bad (Who Killed JonBenet Ramsey?) by A. Gerry Hodges

 This book  applies, in a non-therapeutic setting, the communicative approach to listening and interpreting. The author applies the communicative research method to the criminal investigation of the murder of JonBenet Ramsey by decoding the communications of the child’s mother as available in the written and spoken records, including the ransom note.  The book concludes that the author of the ransom note and one of the killers was in fact Mrs. Patsy Ramsey.  The author also suggests that the communicative method of scientific psychological investigation of the text and the context of criminal actions can offer important new tools to standard criminal investigations.

Psychotherapy and Science by R. Langs, London: Sage Publications, 1999 

The book emphasizes the ways in which science has a bearing on the clinical techniques and practice of psychotherapy. Investigation of human behaviour shows how a scientific foundation for psychotherapy is both necessary and feasible.The author shows how scientific theories can be applied and argues that there are striking parallels between the emotion-processing mind and the phenomena that have been scientifically observed in the areas of evolution, the immune system and the brain

Science, Systems and Psychoanalysis by R. Langs, London: Karnac Books, 1992.

Sons, A Mother’s Manual by Elyse Zorn Karlin with Muriel Warn, M.S.W., New York: Avon Books. 

The book considers issues of raising male children whose physical and emotional needs seem so unrelated to the mother’s own experience. With understanding, humor and sound practical advice from childcare experts the aspects of the development of boys as well as the delights and dilemmas of mothers are considered.

There is No Such Thing As a Therapist: An Introduction to the Therapeutic Process by Carol Holmes. London: Karnac. 1999.

Author argues that the general downgrading of the issue of boundaries in the therapeutic literature might be viewed as a way for the therapists to retain an omnipotent view of themselves. The communicative model demands that the therapists focus on the client's innate ability to supervise the therapist and to guide the treatment process. To profit from such unconscious advice, the therapists must be prepared to abdicate the fictitious security of their superior position. The therapist's admission and acceptance of the client's instruction can provide the basis for a stable, respectful and ego-enhancing experience for the client.

Unconscious Communication in Practice E M Sullivan (Editor). Open University Press 1999.

Contributors:     V. A. Bonac, Fiorella Gatti-Doyle, Gabrielle Gunton, Carol Holmes, Gae Oaten, Marie-Luise Petersen, James O Raney, David Livingston Smith, E. Mary Sullivan, Ivan Thorpe, Kitty Warburton.

The nature and purpose of unconscious communication; The significance of the management of the therapeutic boundaries; The importance of the client's contribution to the curative process in psychotherapy;

The book highlights clients' valid unconscious perceptions of the therapists' management of the therapeutic environment. Contributors explain how the communicative technique of psychoanalysis gives precedence to the clients' innate capacity to guide the treatment process.