Erikson Institute


Authored by Riggs clinicians, with reviews and links to purchase.

Image of book cover: A Spirit That Impels

This volume brings together some of the papers presented by leading scholars, artists and psychoanalysts at an annual Creativity Seminar organised by the Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center. Looking at creativity through a psychoanalytic lens – and very importantly, vice versa – the authors examine great works, such as Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, and William Gibson's The Miracle Worker; as well as great artists, such as Van Gogh and Lennon and McCartney, for what we might learn about the creative process itself.

Image of book cover: The Uses of Psychoanalysis in Working with Children's Emotional Lives

Data showing a link between trauma, social exclusion, and psychosis highlights the importance of building and reinforcing social links for vulnerable individuals. Perhaps less well understood, however, are the ways in which bullying and peer victimization have been linked to severe psychopathology, most particularly to psychotic spectrum disorders.

Image of book cover: Treatment Resistance and Patient Authority: The Austen Riggs Reader

In this book, readers are given an in-depth view into the psychodynamics systems perspective of treatment resistant disorders, with illustrations of the value of including family therapy, and developing and using a psychodynamic treatment team. Also offered is the first description published in book form of the newly-defined area of psychodynamic psychopharmacology—an approach to the use of medications that attends to the meaning of medications to the patient and clinician, as well as to their pharmacologic effects.

Image of book cover: Working with Trauma: Lessons from Bion and Lacan

Working with Trauma: Lessons from Bion and Lacan by Marilyn Charles takes concepts from the psychoanalytic literature and translates them into user-friendly language.

Image of book cover: Taking the Transference, Reaching Toward Dreams

"One of the aims of this game is to reach to the child's ease and so to his fantasy and so to his dreams."

Image of book cover: Lost in Transmission

A central thesis of this volume is that what human beings cannot contain of their experience – what has been traumatically overwhelming, unbearable, unthinkable – falls out of social discourse, but very often onto and into the next generation.


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