Review of <em>Core concepts in contemporary psychoanalysis: Clinical, research evidence, and conceptual critiques</em>.

Reviews the book, Core Concepts in Contemporary Psychoanalysis: Clinical, Research Evidence, and Conceptual Critiques by Morris N. Eagle (2018). This book provides strong support for the value and necessity of critical thinking. Its central arguments are bold and truculent: that we ought to abandon the concepts of transference, countertransference, and projective identification because they are poorly defined and explicated and that psychoanalytic thinking and writing is jeopardized by a failure to be committed to the pursuit of evidence, both clinical and empirical. Ultimately, Eagle makes no attempt to put on a fake smile in pondering the future of psychoanalysis, a stance that is consistent with his commitment to critical thinking. For some readers, this might feel as if he is harping on what is lacking without risking and divulging his own belief. In the reviewer’s reading of Eagle’s book, there are several points in which he approaches telling us what he believes because he touches on the theme of mentalization with transference (p. 21), countertransference (p. 92), the value of research (p. 121), and projection and transference interpretations (p. 143). However, this is speculative, and Eagle does not say much about other contemporary concepts and themes besides transference, countertransference, and projective identification. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)