What is Psychoanalysis?  100 Years after Freud’s ‘Secret Committee’

Brief synopsis: This book offers a radical definition of psychoanalysis by examining its fundamental clinical and theoretical assumptions about the unconscious mind, the nature of personal history our sexualities, and the significance of the Oedipus Complex. With striking originality, the book explains the psychoanalytic way of exploring our inner realities and discusses some of the ways that contemporary psychoanalysis both makes use of, and has drifted away from, Freud’s revolutionary thinking. The author takes each of the four “fundamental concepts” that Freud himself said were the cornerstones of his science of healing, and offers a fresh and detail re-examination of their contemporary importance.

Area of clinical study
: General theory of psychoanalysis with particular emphasis on reinterpretation of the theories of repression, Nachträglichkeit, and erotic embodiment.

Notes on the Author: Barnaby B. Barratt, PhD, DHS. Formerly Professor of Family Medicine, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at Wayne State University in Detroit and Training Analyst with the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute, he now practices in Johannesburg, South Africa, is a Training Analyst with the newly formed South African Psychoanalytic Association, and is an Honorary Professor at the University of Witwatersrand.