Psychoanalytic and psychodynamic theorists and clinicians have relied principally on a two-person psychology to understand psychosocial development and practice. While this has many benefits, two person perspectives often overlook a central need and struggle in human life, namely community. The concept of community and its cognate communion expand and deepen psychoanalytic theories of development, as well as reframe, in part, psychoanalytic concepts, processes, and aims. In this important book, LaMothe, relying on the Scottish philosopher John Macmurray, carefully defines the concept of community, being sure to differentiate it from the notions of sociality and intersubjectivity. Using this definition and the concept of person, LaMothe reframes potential space, transference, and motivation. Given this unique perspective, LaMothe addresses the strengths, limitations, and challenges of psychoanalysis as a therapeutic ritual.
Acknowledgments Preface Chapter One-Psychoanalysis and Community Chapter Two-Persons in Community Chapter Three-Being Alive Together: Potential Space, Transitional Objects, and Persons-in-Community Chapter Four-Communion of Everyday Life: Motivation, the Unconscious, and the Struggle of and for Community Chapter Five-Transference Love in Light of Communion and Community Chapter Six-Psychoanalysis and Community: Strengths, Limitations, and Challenges Index About the Author