Publish with the Object Relations Institute Academic Press!

In December of 2011, after twenty years of educating and training Mental Health professionals, as well as general public, Object Relations Institute had established the ORI Academic Press, a non-profit publishing company, with the mission of: Furthering, Uniting, and Popularizing Psychoanalytic and Scientific Thought.

First two books of the ORI Academic Press had been published in the last quarter of 2013 and the 1st quarter of 2014. They are: The Compulsion to Create: Women Writers and Their Demon Lovers and The Creative Mystique: From Red Shoes Frenzy to Love and Creativity – by Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler. These books were originally published by Routledge, but now, newly edited, illustrated, and with additional chapters, they will appear on the book shelves again.


Services: double-blind manuscript review; editorial services, typesetting into book proofs, publishing, provision of bibliographic data, book reviews, marketing through on-line and off-line means. ORI Academic Press books will be available for traditional and electronic use.

Author support: Standard procedures for academic/ clinical press will be followed. No subsidies or grants from the authors are required. Authors receive royalties from all sales.

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Why “The Compulsion to Create” and “The Creative Mystique” are the books for today’s world and today’s theory?

by Inna Rozentsvit, Editor-in-Chief of the ORI Academic Press

… For centuries artists and writers have been plagued by the fallacious shibboleths they believed as axioms, i.e. that you have to be crazy to be an artist, and that if so, then you can’t go into psychotherapeutic treatment because it will threaten to “resolve” the craziness of the artist. Is this true and does it have to be so?

These questions lead to an in-depth exploration in Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler’s two books on brilliant (and tortured) female artists and writers – The Compulsion to Create: Women Writers and Their Demon Lovers and The Creative Mystique: From Red Shoes Frenzy to Love and Creativity. Psycho-biographies of Suzanne Farrell, Charlotte Bronte, as well as Anais Nin, are seen to contrast with those of Emily Bronte, Emily Dickinson, Edith Sitwell, Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Virginia Woolf, Camille Claudel, Diane Arbus, and Katherine Mansfield, along these dimensions. Originally published by Routledge in 1993 and 1996 respectively, both newly edited and illustrated books are being re-published by the ORI Academic Press in the 3rd quarter of 2013.

Both books illustrate how those artists who fail to achieve psychic dialectic, love-creativity dialectic, and intersubjectivity are mired in the fall out of developmental disruption and derailment. Such developmental arrest changes a potentially healthy life-long connection to a pathological and frozen state, in which “developmental mourning” is not possible. In this “pathological mourning” state, early traumatic disruptions are repeated perpetually as sadomasochistic enactments that constitute a “demon- lover complex.” In the “demon-lover complex,” aggressive reactions to maternal failings are both split off and projected into masculine figures due to oedipal eroticization in pre-oedipal psychic structures, compounding the failings of mothering with the failures and losses related to fathering.

Focusing on the father-child relationship rather than limiting herself to the mother’s influence, was one of the major contributions of Dr. Kavaler-Adler to psychoanalytic thought, as it was pointed out by Dr. Seinfeld in his early review of The Compulsion to Create.

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For more information regarding publishing opportunities with the ORI Academic Press, please contact the Editor, Dr. Inna Rozentsvit – by email () or by phone (646-522-0387 or 646-522-1056).