Psychoanalytic Training and the Analytic Attitude with Dr Jay Greenberg

September 2023


Greenberg, J. (2021). Psychoanalytic training and the analytic attitude. The Italian Psychoanalytic Annual, Special Edition 2021, pp. 89-99. Original Italian version: La Rivista di Psicoanalisis, 2021, 67:105-118.

The Greenberg paper can be downloaded at this link:


The IPA Journal Club also wishes to express its gratitude to the Società Psicoanalitica Italiana and their journal, Rivista di Psicoanalisi’s publisher, Raffaello Cortina, for graciously sharing this paper with us. 

Jay Greenberg is a member of the faculty and a Training and Supervising Analyst at the William Alanson White Institute in New York. He is co-author with Stephen Mitchell of Object Relations in Psychoanalytic Theory and author of Oedipus and Beyond: A Clinical Theory. Dr. Greenberg is the author of more than 90 articles addressing issues of psychoanalytic theory, clinical practice, and the history of psychoanalysis. Dr. Greenberg also served as Editor of The Psychoanalytic Quarterly from 2011 through 2020. Before that he was Editor for North America of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis (2007-2010) and as Editor of Contemporary Psychoanalysis (1994-2001). In both his editorial work and his own writing he has embraced a comparative psychoanalytic approach, beginning in his book with Mitchell and expanded to include the relationships among approaches that have emerged in different parts of the world. In 2015 he was awarded the Mary S. Sigourney Award for outstanding achievement in psychoanalysis.

The regular moderator of the Journal Club is Jack Drescher, MD

Dr. Drescher is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in New York City. A recipient of the 2022 Mary S. Sigourney Award. Dr. Drescher is on the faculties of the William Alanson White Institute, the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. He is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia as well. His publications have been translated into many languages and he is the author of Psychoanalytic Therapy and the Gay Man (Routledge).