Nearly a century has passed since Freud's theories unleashed a revolution in our understanding of the human psyche. Yet, as Arnold Modell firmly points out, we still do not possess a theory that explains how psychoanalysis works. Other Times, Other Realities provides brilliant insight into this perplexing problem and lays the foundation for a comprehensive theory of psychoanalytic treatment. Modell's careful consideration of Freudian theory, the interpretations of contemporary ego psychology, and the contribution of object theory discloses the changing significance of the fundamental elements of the therapeutic process.
In Other Times, Other Realities, readers will discover an illuminating synthesis of concepts underlying the various interpretations of the psychoanalytic process.
Modell's...writings are always thoughtful, original, and focused on matters of real importance. In this book, he transcends his customary standards by proposing a novel hypothesis about the mode of action of psychoanalysis, applicable to the full range of psychopathology for which the method is appropriate.
[Modell] presents an elegant synthesis of modern thinking in the field, repolishing old conceptual lamps so that they shine with new meaning.
Arnold H. Modell is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School at Beth Israel Hospital.