Blog Review: Modern Psychoanalysis

The blog reviewed here is ‘Modern Psychoanalysis‘. The blog reads ‘Join us to learn more or post your own thoughts’ in a similarly way to another blog reviewed here (Linguistic Anthropology). In terms of structure, the blog has a green title pane, a green background with articles containing black text on a white background. In the right hand panel, there are options to translate the blog into several languages, links to psychoanalysis sites of relevance, last 10 posts, archives and blog links. Additionally there is an ‘About Me’ section, a search engine box, Bloglines subscriber, stat counter and a cluster map. In the ‘About Me’ section, there is a link to the profile of the author who goes by the name Jim and states a location in New Jersey, United States. In the initial post by James G Fennessy (presumably Jim), there is an introduction to Modern Psychoanalysis with a mention of the ‘founder, Dr Human Spotniz’ and an emphasis on interventions which include

a wide range of interventions including ego reinforcement, emotional communication and resistance resolution

The next article looks at practical aspects of psychoanalysis including the length and costs of therapy, the use of the illness model and the levels at which a psychotherapist will work with the analysand. Here Fennessy considers the education in psychoanalysis and there are a few interesting quotes from Freud who made it clear that it was not just doctors who could receive training in psychoanalysis. In this article he considers a hierarchical approach to treatment resistance in modern psychoanalysis.

In ‘The  Narcissistic Defense‘, Fennessy looks at some of Spotniz’s writings and I noted some similarity to the writings of Winnicott that have been reviewed here although in a later post it is mentioned that Spotniz (1985) stated

Freud and his contemporaries did not recognise the presence of narcissistic transference as such and they did not know how to utilise it for therapeutic purposes’

Given the similarity of some of the above points to Winnicott it is interesting to see that Fennessy goes on to consider a late paper of Winnicott on ‘The False Self‘ from 1960. Fennessy then elaborates on Spotniz’s views on the narcissistic transference. Again Spotnitz’s views on id impulses are discussed as are those of Freud and Margolis on the ‘primary process’. Spotniz’s views on silence are considered here and the suggestion is made that this can be used as a holding environment (as described by Winnicott)  or psychotherapeutic space.

Fennessy’s Blog on ‘Modern Psychoanalysis’ provides a useful interpretation of the subject and a look at many complex topics in an accessible way. There have been no new articles that I could find after July 2008 and so this is an inactive blog which however goes onto attract new readers in much the same way as a book in a library although the dynamic elements still remain (e.g. comments section).


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