The second edition of Making Sense Together provides a greater examination of the clinical practice of the intersubjective perspective. Listening and responding intersubjectively is concerned with attuning to affect, putting words to affective experience, and maintaining a caring relationship that offers the kind of needed self-objective experience missing in development. In addition, the intersubjective perspective co-constructs a developmental narrative that contextualizes the evolution of the person’s troubles. In this new and updated edition, authors Peter Buirski, Pamela Haglund, and Emily Markley draw on more than twenty years of combined experience teaching and supervising in the practice of the intersubjective perspective.
Peter Buirski is dean emeritus and clinical professor in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver and is a clinical professor in the Psychiatry Department of the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is on the faculty of the Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis and is in private practice in Denver, Colorado.
Pamela Haglund is an adjunct professor and clinical supervisor at the Graduate School of Professional Psychology, University of Denver. She is on the faculty of the Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis.
Emily Markley is a psychologist at Craig Hospital and an adjunct professor and clinical supervisor at the Graduate School of Professional Psychology, University of Denver. She is also in private practice in Denver, Colorado.
2 Subjectivity and Intersubjectivity
3 The Intersubjective Sensibility
4 Understanding the Patient’s State of Mind: Affect Attunement and the Empathic-Introspective Stance
5 The Centrality of Relationship
6 Practicing Intersubjectively
7 The Articulation of Subjective Experience
8 The Antidote Dimension of the Therapy Relationship
9 Listening and Responding Intersubjectively
10 Coconstructing a Developmental Narrative
11 Expanding the Field: Intersubjectivity Theory and Supervision
12 The Treatment of a Patient from the Intersubjective Perspective
written in collaboration with H. C. Brunette
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Excellent overview of an intersubjective perspective. The essence of their tone is an empathic and attuned responsiveness toward patients that I believe will resonate with most clinicians and assist them in their work with patients.
The dialogic nature of psychoanalytic inquiry is captured beautifully by the title of this volume, Making Sense Together. Buirski and Haglund have done a great service by providing a superb introductory text presenting the basic ideas of intersubjectivity theory in clear, down-to-earth, user-friendly language that will be very accessible and extremely valuable to students and trainees in psychotherapy. The rich clinical illustrations make the intersubjective perspective come alive for the reader. Making Sense Together will be of enormous help to therapists in their efforts to explore hitherto uncharted regions of intersubjective space.
Buirski and Haglund have made a valuable contribution to the psychotherapy literature with this comprehensive presentation of the intersubjective approach. Both beginning and experienced practitioners will appreciate its clear exposition, its illuminating connections between theory and practice, and its well-chosen clinical illustrations. The impact of intersubjectivity on the humanity, humility, and range of contemporary psychodynamic treatment comes through loud and clear in this engaging, readable book.
Buirski and Haglund have written a comprehensive and authoritative introduction to intersubjectivity theory and practice that is lucid and systematic. Clinical illustrations bring the theory to life. The book includes a careful overview of fundamentals and basic application, a creative approach to psychotherapy supervision and detailed descriptions of clinical process that allows the reader to follow how a case is actually treated and understood. This book is a valuable addition to the library of anyone seeing patients in therapy.