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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.
Due to be published in May 2021. Take advantage of a special 15% discount by pre-ordering ahead of publication.
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Biography, Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Theory
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.
Tales of Transformation: A Life in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis is the perfect book for trainees, practising clinicians, those considering psychoanalysis as a career path, anyone with an interest in the subject, and all who enjoy reading the recollections of a witty raconteur.
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.
About the Author
Finding my way to psychoanalysis
1. Delusion and stage acting
2. A nagging question
4. Fenichel in a navy blue suit
5. The right choice?
6. Having a beer in Khartoum
7. Streaking in New Jersey
8. A class act
9. Put the boy in his place!
10. The grand permission
12. The art of discretion
13. Refusal to listen
Lessons I received from my teachers, supervisors, and mentors
14. Rare indeed
15. The astute analyst who traumatized me
16. Why not Broadway?
17. Indian miniatures and Jackson Pollock
18. To pee or not to pee
19. Not so fast!
20. What else can a man want?
21. Do we address behaviour?
23. The downfall
24. Let us give this boy a chance!
25. Reversing Jacob Freud, twice
26. A nurse in London
28. Amazing grace
29. Crime and punishment
30. The Mexican panic
31. Yes, why?
32. Ten percent goes a long way
33. A brutal transgression
34. The man who laid everything on the line
What my colleagues and peers taught me
35. Speaking in tongues
36. Handing over a diamond
37. On an escalator in Toronto
38. A carpet and a poem
39. A gramophone revisited
40. A dog named Damian
42. A man and an old man
43. A backslapping Brit?
44. Marching orders
46. It’s not the mother always!
47. One million bucks
48. An editor’s gift
Clinical work turned out to be my ‘royal road’ to learning
49. A son by any other name
50. No money please!
51. Before the ‘Rain Man’
52. Correct but wrong
53. ‘Don’t say one word’!
54. The disappointing Mummy
55. Silence and stillness
56. After the fourth lie
57. ‘Why don’t you understand me without speaking?’
58. Naming the female genital
59. A foot near my foot
60. ‘The spider is a poem’
61. Let us do it this Sunday
62. The boat never sinks
63. Seeking supervision from my son
64. Curtailing the greed for interpretation
65. Two kinds of money
66. A centipede and a giraffe
Cultural difference became an adjunct instructor of mine
67. An act of genuine empathy
68. ‘Should I pay?’
70. Was 9/11 an act of altruism?
71. A confusion of tongues
73. Family legacy
74. A damn across the Ganges
75. Physician, heal thyself
76. A big container
77. ‘Coming out’
78. My African-American struggle
79. Freud and Ghalib on death
80. The definition of arrogance
81. A good reason not to have sex?
82. On being called a ‘good man’
Some insights arose in dealing with students, supervisees, and audiences
83. A broken vase
84. Grand slam
85. ‘What about Pakistan?’
86. On being Jewish and Catholic at the same time
87. Can water cure cancer?
88. My French connection
89. What happened to the Cat Man?
90. Seventy-three plus twenty-five
Writing, editing, and publishing ‘saved’ me
93. Mrs Klein might disagree
95. Mohammad Ali Road and Finchley Road
96. From the jaws of defeat
97. On being a brother
98. Erikson would be happy
Towards the future
99. Advice to those considering psychoanalytic training
100. Advice to beginning psychoanalytic clinicians
101. Advice to aspiring psychoanalytic writers
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