EBook: Nodal Points: Critical Voices in Contemporary Psychotherapy / Psychoanalysis by Joseph Schachter, M.D., PhD. & Horst Kächele, M.D., PhD.

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How It All Began,  from the Nodal Points:

Dr. Joseph Schachter was presenting a paper at the meeting of the International Psychoanalytic Association in 2004 in New Orleans when Dr. Helmut Thomä, from the audience, made several responsive comments about the paper that struck Dr. Schachter as especially prescient.

Subsequently, Dr. Schachter returned to his home in New York City, and he, and his psychoanalyst wife, Dr. Judith Schachter invited Dr. Thomä, then in the city for another meeting, to join them for lunch. He agreed and asked if he could also bring his Ulm colleague, Dr. Horst Kächele. The foursome had a stimulating lunch; each found reciprocal and mutual interests which were intellectually engaging.

When Dr.s Thomä and Kächele returned to Germany, they resumed their work on the English translation of volume III of their classic psychoanalytic text, and decided to invite Dr. Joseph Schachter to help them with this translation work. Initially, Dr. Schachter, as asked, focused on revising their English translation, but increasingly became involved in discussions and disagreements about the psychoanalytic content itself. Subsequently Dr. Schachter, on the one hand, and Dr.s Thomä and Kächele on the other then found themselves engaged in long detailed transatlantic discussions that ended in resolution of the differences.

When they concluded their work the first author Dr. Kächele and Dr. Thomä, the senior author, then graciously concluded that Dr. Schachter’s contribution had become psychoanalytically significant, and made Dr. Schachter a co-author of volume III of their psychoanalytic textbook “Psychoanalytic Practice. The joint work, titled “From Psychoanalytic Narrative to Empirical Single Case Research. Implications for Psychoanalytic Practice published by Routledge in 2009 became a well appreciated piece of work.

Drs. Schachter and Kächele both appreciated the unique collegial interchanges and the relationship that had evolved during the translation and disagreement period and began to collaborate on writing psychoanalytic papers, the first of which is included in this volume; Schachter, J. & Kächele, H. (2007) The analyst’s role in healing; Psychoanalysis-PLUS; 3 Psychoanalytic Psychology 24:429-444. Their productive collaboration has continued to date.

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