Being Alive: Building on the Work of Anne Alvarez / Edition 1

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This book is a celebration of the work of Anne Alvarez, an enormously influential psychoanalytic psychotherapist whose work on autism and severe personality disorders in children has been important internationally. This book:
* brings together assessment of the influence of Alvarez's work across a range of child psychotherapy and related areas
* evaluates how her ideas affect the most current developments in these areas
* includes contributions from renowned psychoanalysts and psychotherapists from around the world.
It will be of great interest to child and adolescent psychotherapists in training and practice, and also to clinical psychologists, psychoanalysts and psychiatrists working with autistic/severely disturbed children.
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Editorial Reviews

Susan Kegerreis
Anne Alvarez's work has been extremely influential, and well deserves this volume. Her work is very much 'of the moment' and speaks to an openness and exploratory mood that is developing.
From the Publisher
"For those familiar with this area of work, it is like reading a 'a state of the art' view on the exciting integration of developmental psychology, neuroscience and developmental psychopathology, as experienced by the clinician in the consulting room" - Monica Lanyado, Young Minds Vol 63 2003

"Like the thinking and teaching of Anne Alvarez, this collection of essays is rich in content, multi-faceted and extremely rewarding... The depth and breadth of Being Alive are reflected in the professional backgrounds of its contributors, practitioners in psychoanalytic child psychotherapy and child and adult analysis, and teachers, academics and researchers of psychoanalytic theory and related field, spanning three continents, Europe, the USA and Australia... it is a testimony to Alvarez's great gift for giving life to ideas." - Graham Shulman (currently also editor of JCP), International Journal of Infant Observation, Vol 6 No 2, 2003-4

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583911303
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/7/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Pt. I Mainly theoretical 1
1 Bridging the Atlantic for psychoanalysis: an appreciation of the contributions of Anne Alvarez 3
2 Changing ideas of change: the dual components of therapeutic action 14
3 A contribution to a technical frame of reference 32
4 Bisexual qualities of the psychic envelope 44
5 Neurobiology, developmental psychology, and psychoanalysis: convergent findings on the subject of projective identification 57
Pt. II Mainly clinical
6 "Think outside, not inside": making an interpretation hearable 77
7 From freezing to thawing: working towards the depressive position in long-term therapy with autistic patients 89
8 Deficits in the object and failures in containment 102
9 Thoughts about the concepts of cognitive development, reparation and the "manic position": two clinical examples 115
10 The sense of abundance in relation to technique 128
11 Liking liking doing 141
12 First love unfolding: developmental and psychoanalytic perspectives on first relationships and their significance in clinical work 153
13 Glimpses of what might have been: a traumatised autistic boy's struggle to have a mind 166
14 On temporal shapes: the relation between primary rhythmical experience and the quality of mental links 179
Anne Alvarez's published work 195
Author Index 199
Subject Index 203
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