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A truly magnificent accomplishment – Salman Akhtar has achieved his century! Tales of Transformation: A Life in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis is Dr Akhtar’s one hundredth book and contains one hundred inspirational stories taken from throughout his working life. Written in his inimitable style, the book is a treasure trove for anyone with an interest in psychoanalysis.
Produced to an exceptional standard with 36 black and white photographs and 9 block colour pages.
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One hundred and one tales to mark Salman Akhtar’s one hundredth book! Divided into eight informative parts – Dr Akhtar’s journey to psychoanalysis; the lessons he learned from his teachers, supervisors, and mentors; the teachings from his peers and colleagues; the benefits of clinical work; the impact of cultural difference; insights gained from students, supervisees, and audiences; his experiences of writing, editing, and publishing; and advice for those about to take their first steps – each section is packed full of incredible advice lightly given in a series of engaging anecdotes.
These ‘tales’ include Akhtar’s experiences as a humble candidate soaking in psychoanalytic knowledge, awestruck beginner watching psychoanalytic glitterati from afar, young analyst engaged in clever banter with his peers, thoughtful clinician, industrious writer, funny colleague, soulful poet, and, above all, a human being vulnerable to mistakes, biases, and sundry follies of his own.
Tales of Transformation: A Life in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis is the perfect book for trainees, practising clinicians, and all those with an interest in the subject. Buy your copy and enjoy the storytelling genius of this lyrical and poetic psychoanalyst!
Salman Akhtar, MD, is Professor of Psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College and a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. He has served on the editorial boards of The International Journal of Psychoanalysis, the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, and the Psychoanalytic Quarterly. His nearly 400 publications include 99 books, of which the following 20 are solo-authored: Broken Structures (1992), Quest for Answers (1995), Inner Torment (1999), Immigration and Identity (1999), New Clinical Realms (2003), Objects of Our Desire (2005), Regarding Others (2007), Turning Points in Dynamic Psychotherapy (2009), The Damaged Core (2009), Comprehensive Dictionary of Psychoanalysis (2009), Immigration and Acculturation (2011), Matters of Life and Death (2011), The Book of Emotions (2012), Psychoanalytic Listening (2013), Good Stuff (2013), Sources of Suffering (2014), No Holds Barred (2016), A Web of Sorrow (2017), Mind, Culture, and Global Unrest (2018), and Silent Virtues (2019).
Dr Akhtar has delivered many prestigious invited lectures including a Plenary Address at the 2nd International Congress of the International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders in Oslo, Norway (1991), an Invited Plenary Paper at the 2nd International Margaret S. Mahler Symposium in Cologne, Germany (1993), an Invited Plenary Paper at the Rencontre Franco-Americaine de Psychanalyse meeting in Paris, France (1994), a Keynote Address at the 43rd IPA Congress in Rio de Janiero, Brazil (2005), the Plenary Address at the 150th Freud Birthday Celebration sponsored by the Dutch Psychoanalytic Society and the Embassy of Austria in Leiden, Holland (2006), and the Inaugural Address at the first IPA-Asia Congress in Beijing, China (2010).
Dr Akhtar is the recipient of numerous awards including the American Psychoanalytic Association’s Edith Sabshin Award (2000), Columbia University’s Robert Liebert Award for Distinguished Contributions to Applied Psychoanalysis (2004), the American Psychiatric Association’s Kun Po Soo Award (2004) and Irma Bland Award for being the Outstanding Teacher of Psychiatric Residents in the country (2005). He received the highly prestigious Sigourney Award (2012) for distinguished contributions to psychoanalysis. In 2103, he gave the Commencement Address at graduation ceremonies of the Smith College School of Social Work in Northampton, MA.
Dr Akhtar’s books have been translated into many languages, including German, Italian, Korean, Persian, Romanian, Serbian, Spanish, and Turkish. A true Renaissance man, Dr Akhtar has served as the Film Review Editor for The International Journal of Psychoanalysis, and is currently serving as the Book Review Editor for the International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies. He has published 9 collections of poetry and serves as a Scholar-in-Residence at the Inter-Act Theatre Company in Philadelphia.
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What is not in this book?
Finding my way to psychoanalysis
1. Delusion and stage acting
2. A nagging question
4. A benevolent prediction
5. Otto Fenichel in a navy blue suit
6.How can one predict such things?
7. Streaking in New Jersey
8. A class act
9. Don’t mess with the master
11. Self-castration and a man called John Buckman
12. The grand permission
13. Refusing to listen
Lessons I received from my teachers, supervisors, and mentors
14. The renowned analyst who traumatized me
15. Why not Broadway?
16. Rare indeed
17. To pee or not to peeIndian miniatures and Jackson Pollock
18. Indian miniatures and Jackson Pollock
19. What else can a man want?
20. Unlike Jacob Freud
21. Illusionless man
22. Let us give the boy a chance!
23. A true gentleman
24. Ten percent goes a long way!
27.The Brazilian panic
28. Amazing grace
29. A diligent follow-up
30. From ‘Liquid Steel’ to ‘Deep Throat’
31. A brutal transgression
32. Seven features of a proper apology
33. A missed opportunity
34. The man who laid everything on the line
35. Leonard Horowitz eats baklava
What my colleagues and peers taught me
36. An act of genuine empathy
37. The mourning pill
38. Eleven hours in Oslo
39. From Stephen Ward to Ivan Ward
40. A gentleman from Virginia introduced me to Charles Darwin
41. On an escalator in Toronto
42. Dominic and Damien
43. Psychoanalysis and Idi Amin
44. My own narrowmindedness
45. Book review—1
46. Hardly arrogant
50. No, I did not sleep with Mark Moore and Ira Brenner
51. Frank Maleson made me lose a million dollars
52. Ralph Fishkin made me think
53. An editor’s gift
Clinical work turned out to be my ‘royal road’ to learning
55. Long before the Rain Man
56. A son by any other name
57. Silence and stillness
58. The man who shot a pregnant woman
59. Between yes and no
60. Learning to speak from animals
61. Please don’t give me any money
62. A now moment
63. Let us do it this Sunday
64. Naming the female genital
65. First patience, then act of faith
66. The boat never sinks
67. Curtailing the greed for interpretation
68. Milk and cookies
69. Ten most important lessons
The cultural difference between me and my professional surround became an adjunct instructor of mine
70. Meeting Masud Khan
71. One friendly nudge, one award, and two books
72. Who pays?
73. From Evelyne Schwaber to Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
75. ‘You are not one of us!’
76. The altruistic core of 9/11
77. A dam across the Ganges
78. ‘What else can you expect from these Muslims?’
79. My African American struggle
80. Culture, narcissism, or sorrow?
82. A good reason to not have sex?
Insights that arose from dealing with students, supervisees, and sundry audiences
83. Two flower vases
84. Can water cure cancer?
85. On being called a ‘good man’
86. Tennis as a disguise for psychoanalysis
88. My French connection
89. Can a believer be a psychoanalyst?
90. Who do I belong to?
91. Is really old stuff any good?
92. Seventy-three plus twenty-five
Writing, editing, and publishing ‘saved’ me
93. Writing aids
94. Why I write
95. Writing as manic defense
96. Why I edit books
97. On being a midwife
98. A man of few words
99. Book Review—2
100. Writing poetry
101. One final thought
A few amazing coincidences
About the author
The other ninety-nine books by the author
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