The ‘Rediscovering Psychoanalysis’ Trilogy

A distinguished European psychoanalyst wrote this paragraph about the trilogy, after reading the manuscripts prior to their final publication…

In his ‘Rediscovering Psychoanalysis’ trilogy, Dr. Barnaby B. Barratt begins (in What is Psychoanalysis: 100 Years after Freud’s Secret Committee) by examining Sigmund Freud’s four defining coordinates or ‘cornerstones’ of his discipline, and the essential character of the free‑associative method necessary for these discoveries.  Barratt demonstrates both their profundity, as well as showing the playfulness of psychoanalytic ‘workplay’ in providing us with a critique of the ideologies that support oppression and exploitation on a social level.  Then (in Radical Psychoanalysis: An Essay on Free-associative Praxis) Barratt shows how many of the brands of contemporary ‘psychoanalysis’ have actually forgotten or obfuscated Freud’s revolutionary findings.  In so doing, he offers a fresh and compelling vision of the structure and function of the human psyche, building on the pioneering work of such theorists as André Green and Jean Laplanche, as well as contemporary deconstruction, feminism and liberation philosophies.  Barratt explores how ‘drive’ or desire operates dynamically between our biological body and our mental representations of ourselves, of others, and of the world we inhabit.  Finally, in Beyond Psychotherapy: On Becoming a (Radical) Psychoanalyst, Barratt, as a seasoned psychoanalyst, shows what psychoanalytic processes can achieve that psychotherapeutic ones cannot, and he considers the sociopolitical and cultural implications of his radical psychoanalytic ‘take’ on the human condition.  This final book in the trilogy offers detailed and compassionate pointers for those called to train as psychoanalysts, guiding them away from what Barratt characterizes as the ‘trade-school mentality’ that pervades most training institutes today.  Ground-breaking and inspiring, this trilogy will be essential reading for psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and all others interested in a radically innovative approach to the science of healing, as well as to all scholars and students of psychoanalysis, social sciences, philosophy and the history of ideas.  This monumental trilogy will likely change the way we think about the field of psychoanalysis and how we practice its healing science.

What is Psychoanalysis?

100 Years after Freud’s ‘Secret Committee’
By Barnaby B Barratt
August 2013 | Pb: 9780415692748 | $53.95

What is Psychoanalysis? takes each of the four “fundamental concepts” that Freud himself said were the cornerstones of his science of healing, and offers a fresh and detailed re-examination of their contemporary importance.
Barratt’s analysis demonstrates how the profound work, as well as the playfulness, of psychoanalysis, provides us with a critique of the ideologies that support oppression and exploitation on the social level. It will be of interest to advanced students of clinical psychology or philosophy, as well as psychoanalysts and psychotherapists.

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Radical Psychoanalysis

An essay on free-associative praxis
By Barnaby B Barratt
May 2016 | Pb: 9781138954854 | $57.95

This book offers critique of the many brands of contemporary psychoanalysis and psychotherapy that have forgotten Freud’s revolutionary discovery. Barnaby B. Barratt offers a fresh and compelling vision of the structure and function of the human psyche, building on the pioneering work of theorists such as Andre Green and Jean Laplanche, as well as contemporary deconstruction, feminism, and liberation philosophy. He explores how ‘drive’ or desire operates dynamically between our biological body and our mental representations of ourselves, of others, and of the world we inhabit.

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Beyond Psychotherapy

On Becoming a (Radical) Psychotherapist
By Barnaby B Barratt
April 2019 | Pb: 9781138362222 | $39.95

Focusing on the free-associative dimension of psychoanalysis, Barratt both explores what psychoanalytic processes can achieve that psychotherapeutic ones cannot, and considers the sociopolitical implications of the radical psychoanalytic ‘take’ on the human condition. The book also offers a detailed and compassionate pointer for those wanting to train as psychoanalysts, guiding them away from what Barratt calls the ‘trade-school mentality’ pervading most training institutes today. Groundbreaking and inspiring, Beyond Psychotherapy will be essential reading for psychoanalysts, psychoanalytic psychotherapists and all other therapists seeking a radically innovative approach. It will also be a valuable text for scholars and students of psychoanalytic studies, social sciences, philosophy and the history of ideas.

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About the Author

Barnaby B. Barratt, PhD, DHS, ABPP was born in England, but has also lived in India, the USA, Thailand and South Africa. He has been a full clinical member of the International Psychoanalytic Association since 1991, and served as a Training and Supervising Analyst with the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute for almost a decade. He is currently a Supervising Analyst with the Indian Psychoanalytic Association and a Training and Supervising Analyst with the South African Psychoanalytic Association. Dr. Barratt also specializes in somatic psychology and human sexuality. He is a member of the European Association for Body Psychotherapy and past President of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists. Prior to this trilogy, his books on psychoanalysis include:

Psychic Reality and Psychoanalytic Knowing.
Hillsdale, NJ: The Analytic Press (a division of Lawrence Erlbaum Inc.), 1984.
ISBN: 0-88163-013-6 (hardcover only).
A second edition of this book has been published by Routledge in 2015 as Volume 3 in the Routledge Library Editions Series. ISBN: 978-1-138-93872-4 (hardcover only).

Psychoanalysis and the Postmodern Impulse: Knowing and Being since Freud’s Psychology.
Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993.
ISBN: 0-8018-4547-5 (hardcover only).
A second edition of this book has been published by Routledge in 2016 as Volume 4 in the Routledge Library Editions Series. ISBN: 978-1-138-95149-5 (hardcover only).