About The Author

I am a psychoanalyst, PhD Clinical psychologist & Psychotherapist. I was trained in Switzerland and in Israel, where I became a Training and Supervising Analyst. I work in Tel Aviv with children, adults and couples. For many years, I lectured at the Israel Psychoanalytic Society in Jerusalem, the Psychotherapy program of the Sackler School of Medicine’s Continuing Education Program, Tel Aviv University and lately at the Postgraduate Program of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy School of Social Work, Bar-Ilan University. In Switzerland I had the privilege to have studied under some of the foremost psychologists and psychoanalysts of our generation, including Jean Piaget at Geneva University, & Prof. R. Spitz, in the Swiss Society of Psychoanalysis, Geneva. The Enigma of Childhood is my first book to be translated into English. The original version of the book was widely acclaimed by the Hebrew-reading public. My theoretical innovations regard conceptualization of healthy narcissism as an emotional immune system, of jointness-separateness as a key facet of object relations and of the art of couplehood, and the original account of the ego’s mechanisms of adaptation and defence.

My Publications

SOLAN (Slutzky) R., (1966)  La personnalité de l’éducateur d’enfant inadapté. Ed. Médecine et Hygiène, Genève.
SOLAN R., (1973) Constipation in childhood, Harefua, Journal of the Israel Medical   Association. 84:  (9) (Hebrew)
—— (1983) Closeness in the psychoanalytic encounter, Bull. Psychoanal. Europe, 20/21: 65-84.
—– (1986)  Refoulement-deni-sublimation,
ֹRev. Franc. Psychanal  50: 533-538.
—– (1989)  Objet transitional – symbolization – sublimation. Rev. Franc. Psychonal., 53: 1843-1846.
—– (1989b) Idealization and de-idealization, Sihot  4:17-24 (Hebrew)
—– (1991)  ‘Jointness’ as integration of merging and separateness in object relations and narcissism. Psychoanal. Study of the Child, 46: 337-352.
—– (1994) Trust and leadership, Sihot, 3: 235-242 (Hebrew)
—– (1996) The leader and the led – their mutual needs. In: Psychoanalysis at the Political Border, Madison, CT: Int. Univ. Press, pp. 237-255.
—– (1998) Narcissistic Fragility in the Process of Befriending the Unfamiliar, Amer. J. Psycho-Anal., Vol. 58:(2)163-186.
—– (1998b) The Narcissitic Vulnerability to Change in Object Relation.  In: Psychoan. In Israel (Theoriebildung und therapeutische Praxis), BlatteR Band 9. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht Gottingen.
—– (1999) The Interaction Between Self and Other: A Different Perspective on Narcissism. Psychoanal. Study of the Child, 54: 193-215.
—– (2007) The Enigma of Childhood, Modan Publication House, Israel (Hebrew)

____(2015) The Enigma of Childhood – The Profound Impact of the First Years of Life on Adults as Couples and Parents, Karnac Books Ltd, London

Education, Degrees, Nomination

1958 

    1962

Institue des Sciences de l’Education, Geneva University, Switzerland.
Section : Child Psychology (General & Clinical Psychology).

1962

Licence de Sciences de l’Education, Mention Psychologique
Licence Thesis: “Discrimination Gauche-Droite chez l’enfant” 
“Stereognosis & Representation Spatiale”
Supervisors: Prof. Jean Piaget and Mll Enry.

1964    

  • 1966
Lausanne University, Switzerland. Ph.D Thesis
Ecole des  Sciences Sociales et Politique, Sciences Pedagogique.
Section: Psychology, Pedagogy, Philosophy.

1964

Degree of Ph.D es Sciences Pedagogique – Psychologique
Doctoral Dissertation  : “La Personnalite de l’Educateur d’Enfant Inadapte”
Supervisors: Prof. J. Bergier, in charge of Psychopathology Course,
Lausanne University; Mme Raymond-Rivier, in charge of Psychology & Rorschach Course,
Geneva University.

1965

Appointment as Clinical Psychologist and Supervisor of Psychodiagnosis and Psychotherapy   
(Child, Adolescence and Adulte) – Office Medico-Pedagogique Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne Switzerland

1963

  • 1965
Swiss Society of Psychoanalysis, Geneva.  Training Candidate for  Psychoanalysis. (Training program).

1966

  • 1974
Israel Psychoanalytic Society, Jerusalem,  Senior Candidate for  Psychoanalysis. (Training program).

1974

Israel Psychoanalytic Society, Jerusalem. Full member.

1980

Appointment as Clinical Psychologist Spechialist and Supervisor of Psychodiagnosis and Psychotherapy   
(Child, Adolescence and Adult) in the Israel Psychology Association and the Israel Health Departement

1981

Nomination as Training  Psychoanalyst in the Israel Psychoanalytic Society,

1984

  • 2010
Nomination as Clinical Lecturer/instructor  in Tel-Aviv University, Faculty of Continuing Medicine,
in the Postgraduate Psychotherapy Section

1985

  • 1989
Nomination as Chair-Person of the Training Committee of the Israel Institute of Psychoanalysis. 

2006

Nomination as Training Psychoanalyst and Supervisor of Child and Adolescence Psychoalayste
in the  Israel Institute of Psychoanalysis. 

2011

Nomination as Training Psychoanalyst and Supervisor of Child and Adolescence Psychoalayste
in the  International Psychoanalytic Association. 
Clinical Experiences
Function:

1961

  • 1965
Office Medico-Pedagogique Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne Switzerland
(Pediatric Psychiatry, Outpatients Clinic affiliation).
Director: Dr. R. Henny

1961

  • 1965
Postgraduate seminaries of Psychopathology and Children Psychotherapy
Directors: Prof. J. Bergier and Dr. R. Henny

1962

  • 1965
Cantonal Psychiatric Hospital for Children. Lausanne Switzerland
Director: Prof. J. Bergier and Dr. R. Henny

1962

  • 1965
Institue for Juvenile Deliquency, Canton Vaud Switzerland
Director: Prof. J. Bergier

1963

  • 1965
Center of Educators Formation, Lausanne
Director: Prof. J. Bergier

1965

Psychiatric Policlinic, Adult Out patients, Geneva University Switzerland
Director: Orif. G Garonne

1965

Psychiatric Hospital Bel-Air, Geneva University Switzerland
Director: Prof. J. de Ajuriaguerra
Consulting office for psychomotricity and language problems
Director: Prof. J. de Ajuriaguerra and Prof. R. Diatkine

1966

  • 1968
Mental Health Clinic. Ramat-Hen, Health Care Insurrance (Kupat-Holim).
Director Prof. F. Brill.

1968

up to day Private Clinic: Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (Child, Adolescence, Adult and Couples)
Academic Experiences

1964

  • 1965
Office Medico-Pedagogique Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne Switzerland
Department of Child Psychiatry: Lecturer and Instructor of Clinical Psychology Candidates
in Psycho-Diagnosis and Rorschach testing Evaluation.

1968

  • 1991
Tel-Aviv University Medical School, Section Dental Division
Lecturing on “Psychological Development of the Child”

1972

  • 1975
Israel Institute of Psychoanalysis.  Lecturing for Postgraduate Candidates training
of psychotherapy Section

1976

  • 2010
Israel Institute of Psychoanalysis.  Lecturing for Postgraduate Candidates training
of psychoanalysis Section

1977

  • 2010
Tel-Aviv University, Faculty of Continuing Medicale Education. Section of Psychotherapy. 
Lecturing on “psychodynamic development of Child/Adolescence

2008

Lecturing for the Israel Psychological Association, the Section of developmental psychology
Tel Hashomer Hospital. Lecturing on “The Emotional Development of the child and
the Object Relation and individuation Development”

2012

  • 2013
Psychoanalytic Couple and Family Center, associated to the International Association
of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis
Director: Hanni Mann-Shalvi, PhD

2015

Lecturing in the  Postgraduate Program of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
    School of Social Work, Bar-Ilan University
Lecturing on “The Emotional Development of the child in the Oedipus Stage”

2015

Lecturing in the Health Care Insurance (Macaby) Nathania. Section Child Psychiatry
Lecturing on “Healthy Narcissism and Object Relation through the Development
of the Child” and cases Supervision

2016

Lecturing in the Israel Institute of Psychoanalysis.
Section for Postgraduate non-psychoanalytic members “The Basic Concepts of the
Clasical Psychoanalysis from an actual Glancing”
Lecturing on “The Healthy Narcissism”