Mindfulness-Informed Relational Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis: Inquiring Deeply provides a refreshing new look at the emerging field of Buddhist-informed psychotherapy. Marjorie Schuman presents a cogent framework which engages the patient at the levels of narrative, affective regulation, and psychodynamic understanding. Blending knowledge of contemporary psychoanalysis with the wisdom of Buddhist view, she examines how mindfulness can be integrated into psychodynamic treatment as an aspect of self-reflection rather than as a cognitive behavioral technique or intervention.
This book explores how mindfulness as a "self-reflective awareness practice" can be used to amplify and unpack psychological experience in psychodynamic treatment. Schuman presents a penetrating analysis of conceptual issues, richly illustrated throughout with clinical material. In so doing, she both clarifies important dimensions of psychotherapy and illuminates the role of "storyteller mind" in the psychological world of lived experience. The set of reflections comprises an unfolding deep inquiry in its own right, delving into the similarities and differences between mindfulness-informed psychotherapy, on the one hand, and mindfulness as a meditation practice, on the other.
Filling in an outline familiar from psychoanalytic theory, the book explores basic concepts of Self, Other, and "object relations" from an integrative perspective which includes both Buddhist and psychoanalytic ideas. Particular emphasis is placed on how relationship is held in mind, including the dynamics of relating to one’s own mind. The psychotherapeutic approach described also delineates a method for practicing with problems in the Buddhist sense of the word practice. It investigates how problems are constructed and elucidates a strategy for finding the wisdom and opportunities for growth which are contained within them.
Mindfulness-Informed Relational Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis demonstrates in clear language how the experience of Self and Other is involved in emotional pain and relational suffering. In the relational milieu of psychotherapy, "Inquiring Deeply" fosters emotional insight and catalyzes psychological growth and healing. This book will be of great interest to psychoanalytically-oriented clinicians as well as Buddhist scholars and psychologically-minded Buddhist practitioners interested in the clinical application of mindfulness.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: PROLOGUE
Chapter 2: PRELIMINARY REFLECTIONS: DEFINITION AND FUNDAMENTAL PREMISES OF "INQUIRING DEEPLY"
Chapter 3: INQUIRING DEEPLY: MINDFUL SELF-REFLECTION IN PSYCHOTHERAPY
Chapter 4: QUESTIONS FOR CLINICAL INQUIRY AND SELF-REFLECTION
Chapter 5: PRESENT MOMENTS, MOMENTS OF PRESENCE
Chapter 6: REFLECTIONS ON CONNECTION
Chapter 7: REFLECTIONS ON THINKING
Chapter 8: REFLECTIONS ON SUBJECTIVITY AND THE EXPERIENCE OF SELF
Chapter 9: MIND AS OBJECT
Chapter 10: HOW WE CHANGE: INQUIRING DEEPLY AND PSYCHOLOGICAL GROWTH
Marjorie Schuman is a licensed clinical psychologist and certified psychoanalyst specializing in mindful psychodynamic therapy. Currently in private practice in Santa Barbara, California, Schuman is also a member of the faculty of the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies. She co-founded the Center for Mindfulness and Psychotherapy in Santa Monica.
Featured Author Profiles
"This book is an immense contribution to the integration of mindfulness and relational psychotherapy. Clearly the fruit of years of dedicated practice and written with great care, it uniquely illustrates the felt experience and clinical decision-making of a deeply relational psychoanalyst. For mindfulness-informed therapists who have been searching for words to describe what they do, this is it."-Christopher Germer, PhD, Faculty, Harvard Medical School, author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion and co-editor, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy.
"Inquiring Deeply is a rich, helpful book for all interested in the growing field of mindfulness and psychotherapy. Filled with lively cases and warm, clear understanding, it brings new perspectives to relational mindfulness, wise investigation of thought, and the skillful wedding of insight and human care."-Jack Kornfield Ph.D., author of The Wise Heart.