5 April 2018
WPF Therapy Book of the Month – April 2018
‘On the Couch: A Repressed History of the Analytic Couch from Plato to Freud’ by Nathan Kravis (2017). This is a fascinating book written by a New York psychoanalyst exploring – in stunning images and photographs as well as text – the history of the couch. Kravis writes “Most psychoanalysts today are ambivalent about the couch, ignorant of its provenance, and unable to state a compelling clinical rationale for its earliest use. Yet the analytic couch is universally understood to represent psychoanalysis, and is a widely recognized icon of self-knowledge. How can we understand the origins of its use?” A beautiful book.