The Psychoanalysis of Symptoms

  • Henry Kellerman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. Theoretical Context

    1. Front Matter
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  3. The Clinical Casebook: Accessible Symptoms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
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  4. The Clinical Casebook: Inaccessible Symptoms

  5. Examining Theoretical Issues of the Symptom-Code

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 165-169

About this book


"In this volume, Dr. Henry Kellerman has constructed a lens through which the inner working of pscyhological symptoms can be clearly seen.  Along with this he has proposed a code for unraveling such symptoms.  He then carefully applies this symptom-code, in detail, to a wide variety of symptoms.  This is an important psychoanalytic work; and elegant conception, elegantly presented." -- Harry Sands, Ph.D., Founder and Executive Editor, Journal of Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis; and Former President, New York State Psychological Association

"In a compelling theoretical synthesis, Dr. Kellerman proposes that the only phenomenon in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy subject to cure is the patient's psychological symptom.  All else is helping the patient struggle better.  An X-ray of the symptom is developed and a method to efficiently penetrate the symptom is demonstrated. The important contribution here is that Kellerman has distilled the four basic elements that comprise a symptom-code -- a universal key that unlocks symptoms.  I believe this work is a tour de force, and constitutes a classic advance psychoanalytic understanding." -- Vincenzo Conigliaro, M.D., Dean and Medical Director, Training Institute for Mental Health

"Dr. Kellerman introduces a system called the symptom-code that enables clinicians to understand and treate a wide variety of debilitating symptoms.  Much of Dr. Kellerman's case material reads like a detective story in which the symptom-code is applied and the meaning of the symptom becomes readily apparent.  The reader will find these cases fascinating and the explanations given by Dr. Kellerman quite convincing." -- Mary Beth M. Cresci, Past President, Section of Psychologist/Psychoanalyst Practitioners

In analysis, a particular symptom may be cured as a by-product of therapy, with neither the therapist nor the client knowing how the cure came about. But what if the therapist were armed with an analytically sound method, a "master key" for curing nearly all symptoms, regardless of client history?

In The Psychoanalysis of Symptoms, Henry Kellerman introduces the symptom-code, a powerful blueprint for understanding and eliminating a wide variety of clients’ psychological and emotional symptoms. This time-efficient method synthesizes knowledge of symptoms found throughout the psychiatric literature, empowering both analyst and client to larger underlying conflicts. The author demonstrates the procedure in step-by-step detail, with case examples that distinguish between curable symptoms and more ego-entrenched forms that can be diminished but not completely erased.

Included in this volume:

  • The symptom-code: theoretical, scientific, and clinical contexts.
  • Symptom-code procedures applied at different stages of symptom development.
  • Accessible symptoms: the method used in treating obsessions, intrusive thoughts, migraines, compulsions, and agoraphobia.
  • Treatment-resistant symptoms: uses of the method in cases of anorexia, hoarding, dissociative disorder, and more.
  • Is it a symptom or a character trait? Personality issues and the symptom-code.
  • The migration of symptoms in the psyche.

In presenting a symptom-cure methodology that is effective, lasting, and brief, The Psychoanalysis of Symptoms offers analysts a straighter path on each client’s unique journey.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Henry Kellerman
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  1. 1.Postgraduate Center for Mental HealthNew YorkUSA

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  • Copyright Information Springer New York 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-72247-4
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-72248-1
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