Decentering Relational Theory: A Comparative Critique invites relational theorists to contemplate the influence, overlaps, and relationship between relational theory and other perspectives. The companion to this book, De-Idealizing Relational Theory: A Critique from Within, considers the strengths and limitations of relational thinking from the inside out. Decentering Relational Theory pushes that critique in the opposite direction by contemplating and elaborating on how relational theory overlaps with-and differs from-other perspectives. The contributors to this book were asked to address the following questions: What can relational analysts learn from other schools? Can they be curious and thoughtful about their critiques of relational theory and practice? Can the relational field grow from engaging alternate perspectives? What clinical techniques and/or theoretical ideas could be usefully included within the relational canon? Have other schools of psychoanalysis offered legitimate critiques of the relational perspective, and if so, how can these be engaged with? Like De-Idealizing Relational Theory, the idea is to engage in a loving critique that creates no straw horses. Rather than stereotyping or their own or alternate perspectives, the contributors seek to expand understanding of the convergences and divergences between different relational perspectives and those of other theories. Decentering Relational Theory: A Comparative Critique will appeal to relational psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists.
Lewis Aron, Ph.D. is director of the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. He has served as President of the Division of Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association; founding President of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP); founding President of the Division of Psychologist-Psychoanalysts of the New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA). He holds a Diplomate in Psychoanalysis from the American Board of Professional Psychology and is a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and of the Academy of Psychoanalysis. Dr. Aron is the author and editor of numerous scholarly articles and books including A Meeting of Minds. He was one of the founders, and is an Associate Editor of the journal, Psychoanalytic Dialogues and is the co-editor of the Relational Perspectives Book Series, Routledge.
Sue Grand, Ph.D., is faculty and supervisor at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, where she holds a specialization in trauma as well as family and couples. In addition, she is faculty at the Mitchell Center for Relational Psychoanalysis, the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis, the National Institute for the Psychotherapies, and the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California. She is an associate editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and author of The Reproduction of Evil (Analytic Press, 2000), and has a private practive in New York City and Teaneck, NJ.
Joyce Slochower is Professor Emerita at Hunter College and Graduate Center, the City University of New York. She is on the Faculty of the New York University Postdoctoral Program, the Steven Mitchell Center, the National Training Program of the National Institute for the Psychotherapies, the Philadelphia Center for Relational Studies, and the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California in San Francisco. She is the author of two books and over sixty papers. She is in private practice in New York City.