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A column by   Anne Paris, Ph.D.

I'm pleased to present the newest edition of the Book News column. Check out our newest book announcement, and be sure to email me at if you have a new book you would like for us to announce! Please include a brief description of the book, a link to where to buy, and a short (one paragraph) bio of yourself.

Ghosts in the Consulting Room: Echoes of Trauma in Psychoanalysis

Heather Ferguson, a psychoanalyst and faculty member at IPSS, NYC, announces her chapter, "Ghostly intrusions: Unformulated trauma and its transformation in the therapeutic dyad," in Ghosts in the Consulting Room: Echoes of Trauma in Psychoanalysis, from the Relational Perspectives Book Series, Routledge, 2016. This two volume book, including Demons in the Consulting Room: Echoes of Genocide, Slavery and Extreme Trauma in Psychoanalytic Practice, edited by Adrienne Harris, Margery Kalb, and Susan Klebanoff, is the project of an ongoing study group with Adrienne Harris.

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Ghosts in the Consulting Room: Echoes of Trauma in Psychoanalysis is the first of two volumes that delves into the overwhelming, often unmetabolizable feelings related to mourning. The book uses clinical examples of people living in a state of liminality or ongoing melancholia. The authors reflect on the challenges of learning to move forward and embrace life over time, while acknowledging, witnessing and working through the emotional scars of the past. Bringing together a collection of clinical and theoretical papers, Ghosts in the Consulting Room features accounts of the unpredictable effects of trauma that emerge within clinical work, often unexpectedly, in ways that surprise both patient and therapist. In the book, distinguished psychoanalysts examine how to work with a variety of 'ghosts', as they manifest in transference and countertransference, in work with children and adults, in institutional settings and even in the very founders and foundations of the field of psychoanalysis itself. They explore the dilemma of how to process loss when it is unspeakable and unknowable, often manifesting in silence or gaps in knowledge, and living in strange relations to time and space.

Demons in the Consulting Room: Echoes of Genocide, Slavery and Extreme Trauma in Psychoanalytic Practice is the second of two volumes addressing the overwhelming, often unmetabolizable feelings related to mourning, both on an individual and mass scale. Authors in this volume explore the potency of ghosts, ghostliness and the darker, often grotesque aspects of these phenomena. While ghosts can be spectral presences that we feel protective of, demons haunt in a particularly virulent way, distorting experience, our sense of reality and our character. Bringing together a collection of clinical and theoretical papers, Demons in the Consulting Room, reveals how the most extreme types of trauma can continue to have effects across generations, and how these effects manifest in the consulting room. Essays in this volume consider traumas that have affected multiple generations of people, such as the Holocaust, experiences in the gulags, and the experience of slavery. Authors here consider the clinical challenges of working with the demonic force in severe childhood abuse and the effects of serious and prolonged physical injury and illness. Inevitably, there is in such difficult clinical work, the combined effects of hauntings in the analysts and in patients and often in the surrounding culture.

Contributions from: Galit Atlas, Daniel G. Butler, Muriel Dimen,Jack Drescher, Joshua Durban, Alexander Etkind, Heather Ferguson, Michael J. Feldman, Arthur Fox, Sam Gerson, Sue Grand, Janice Gump, Adrienne Harris, Margery Kalb, Gil Katz, Douglas Kirshner, Susan Klebanoff, Susan Kraemer & Zina Steinberg, Emily Kuriloff, Jade McGleughlin, Maria McVarish & Julie Leavitt, Michael S. Roth,Michael Sebek, and Don Troise.

Raising Joyful Rebels: A Guide for Moms

Written for mothers and suited for use in psychotherapy, Raising Joyful Rebels by Fran Hendrick strives to provide, through the accessible metaphor of a jaunty little sailboat, a how-to guide to some of the key self object functions - referred to as the roles of "mirror, anchor, and mentor" in the book - that moms play in the psychological development of their children. The metaphor clearly illustrates in everyday language and provides practice in concepts and skills such as:

  • - Reflecting joy in children's presence
  • - Empathic attunement
  • - Celebrating children's healthy exhibitionism; their pride in their accomplishments
  • - Serving as a source and symbol of calmness and power while children integrate the ability to anchor themselves
  • - Providing emotionally safe structure and limits
  • - Recognizing a failure of empathy and how to repair it
  • - Serving as a mentor whom children can idealize, whose values they can adopt

Each chapter provides information, examples, practice, tools and the opportunity for introspection and guided writing topics for the reader to gain insight into (and healing of) her own childhood experiences and to apply this to parenting.

The result is an approach that moms can apply in the scores of "little" interactions that occur every day -- all of those moments when girls learn whether who they are -- and what they think and feel -- are accepted, acceptable, and deeply understood -- or whether they are found wanting. Through many examples, the book demonstrates a style of responding in everyday interactions so girls experience being heard, understood, accepted, championed for their efforts, validated, and given the leadership they need to bloom. Raising Joyful Rebels was written to show mothers, with abundant examples, how to elicit the unique self of each child; how to prevent the self from ever being protectively buried, and to recognize how our own best intentions to protect - as well as our own histories - can cause us to silence our children.

Raising Joyful Rebels: A Guide for Moms is available in: Soft cover, Kindle and Nook editions.

Fran Hendrick, a professional clinical counselor and parenting coach, has provided coaching and counseling for women and girls for twenty-five years. Fran holds an M.Ed. with Clinical Endorsement in Counseling from Xavier University. and Bachelor's degrees in Psychology (University of Rochester) and Therapeutic Recreation (SUNY-Brockport).

Climate Crisis, Psychoanalysis and Radical Ethics

Donna M. Orange has a forthcoming book, Climate Crisis, Psychoanalysis and Radical Ethics. London and New York: Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group), 2016. The publication date is September 13, 2016. Although the book is not yet available on amazon, she will be doing a "Meet the Author" session in Boston at the 2016 IAPSP conference.

The Jihadi Dictionary: The Essential Intel Tool for Military, Law Enforcement, Government and the Concerned Public

Nancy Hartevelt Kobrin, Ph.D.

Nancy Hartevelt Kobrin, Ph.D announces her fourth book a dictionary, which has been called groundbreaking. What makes the jihadis enact such vicious crimes not only against humanity but also their own people? The Jihadi Dictionary holds the key to getting at the root cause of their confusing, terrifying behavior as it defines and demystifies the unconscious motivations behind their unspeakable actions.

The author is a psychoanalyst, Arabist and internationally renowned counter terrorist expert who has worked extensively with military, law enforcement and mental health professionals. She is a graduate analyst of the Chicago Institute of Psychoanalysis. This book is currently being translated into Urdu.

The link to the book on Amazon is

The Maternal Drama of the Chechen Jihadi

Nancy Hartevelt Kobrin, Ph.D.

This book was by special invitation of the psychology publisher Jason Aronson who founded a website for free digital psychotherapy books for global distribution. In The Maternal Drama of the Chechen Jihadi, Dr. Kobrin sheds light on the volcanic iceberg mentality of the jihadi as a psychotic adaptation, a result of children having been treated as objects when they were infants. Underneath the frozen, cold image lies a seething cauldron of rage ready to explode. In this type of society children learn to repress their feelings. As a consequence, internal rage boils within the personality. On one hand, the mother is idealized as a powerful object. On the other hand, her power is perceived as toxic and must be destroyed.

This is the first book to examine the impact of shaming practices on the crippling development of a personality, causing it to become radicalized later on to engage in jihad. The terrorist attacks carried out by Shamil Basayev are examined under a psychoanalytic lens shedding new light. The author proposes a unique way to decode his terrifying graphic attacks on a maternity hospital the Moscow Theatre and the Beslan school. The Chechen jihadi has become a brand into its own. These terrorists do not develop empathy due to the position of the devalued female in these shame honor cultures, (specifically Chechen culture and its warrior tradition.) The book also looks at the dysfunctional family dynamics of the Tsarnaev Brothers who carried out the triple Waltham Homicides at the Boston Marathon. A special chapter analyzes the crossover effect of jihadism's political violence jumps categories and ignites and fuels mass murder shooters and domestic violence's murder-suicide. The author also draws parallels to Somali jihadis such as Al Shabaab. She also treats the subject of radicalization of western converts to jihad who similarly come from shame honor families.

The link to a free digital copy is at
The link to the paperback copy of the book on Amazon is

Penetrating the Terrorist Psyche

Nancy Hartevelt Kobrin, Ph.D.

Penetrating the Terrorist Psyche provides a psychological anthropology about how the author came to understand Islamic suicide bombing based on her personal experiences of being drawn to study Arabic, aljamía i.e. Old Spanish in Arabic script and Islamic literature along with semiotics for her doctorate and then pursuing psychoanalytic training and becoming a specialist in PTSD. She discusses the concept of the internal terrorist and how it is crucial for us to know our own terrors. This book was greatly influenced by her experience conducting prison interviews of jihadis in Minneapolis as well as having graduated from the Human Terrain Program in Leavenworth Ks and was to deploy to Helmand, Afghanistan.

The link to the book is here

The Banality of Suicide Terrorism

Nancy Hartevelt Kobrin, Ph.D.

This is Dr. Kobrin's first book on suicide terrorism (also in Hebrew) where she presents a theory of imagery to explain the unconscious dynamics of the suicide attack related to traumatic bonding routinely found in domestic violence.

Terrorist organizations have been able to market mass murder under hysteria's banner of alleged martyrdom. However, when it comes to understanding Islamic suicide terrorism in particular, there is much more to it than martyrdom. In this groundbreaking book, Nancy Kobrin dismantles the psychological dynamics of suicide terrorism to help the reader gain a new perspective on one of the most destructive forces the world has witnessed to date. Dr. Kobrin is the first to connect the dots between the tragic role forced upon the devalued female in Arab Muslim and Non-Arab Muslim "shame/honor cultures" who grow up under a death threat, and how their child rearing practices further compound childhood development. Islamic suicide terrorism reveals graphic unconscious dissociated behavior, which the terrorists create at the crime scene of the suicide bombing. The mother-child relationship is central to understanding Islamic suicide terrorism. The Banality of Suicide Terrorism exposes the very ordinariness of one of the deepest yet most poorly understood causes of the suicide bomber's motivation: a profound terror of abandonment that is rooted in the mother-child relationship, a kind of traumatic bonding and disorganized attachment. According to Kobrin, this terror is so great in the would-be suicide terrorist that he or she must commit suicide (and mass murder in the process), in order to fend off that terror of dependency and abandonment. Suicide terrorists seek a return to the bond with the mother of early childhood - known as maternal fusion - by means of a "death fusion" with their enemies, who subconsciously represent the loved (and hated) maternal figure. The terrorist's political struggle merely serves as cover for this emotionally terrifying inner turmoil, which can lead down the path of ultimate destruction.

The link to the book is here

The link to the Hebrew translation is here

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