Clinical Lectures on Klein and Bion / Edition 1

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The original concepts of Melanie Klein and Wilfred Bion have had a profound and continuing effect on the practice of psychoanalysis. The aim of this book is to present some of their most basic ideas as simply as possible to the reader and to show, by clinical example,

these ideas at work in contemporary analysis. Individual analysts contribute chapters on child analysis, the concept of unconscious phantasy, projective identification, the paranoid-schizoid and depressive positions, psychotic thinking, the relation between the container and contained,

and the idea of reversible perspective in understanding `as if' personalities.

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Editorial Reviews

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'Outstanding for its readability, clinical approach and teaching qualities.' - Tavistock Gazette

"This is a very worthwhile book that should prove useful to anyone interested in understanding Kleinian practice and theory. This book should also be of interest to American analysts who seek to understand the foundations - and parallel evolution - of concepts and issues which are currently being discussed under the rubric of a purported new "relational" paradigm for psychoanalysis." - Howard B. Levine, Psychoanal. Q., 62:651-653 (PAQ)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415069939
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/28/1991
  • Series: New Library of Psychoanalysis Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Child analysis and the concept of unconscious phantasy Patricia Daniel 2. The emergence of early object relations in the psychoanalytic setting Irma Brenman Pick 3. The Oedipus situation and the depressive position Ronald Britton 4. The equilibrium

between the paranoid-schizoid and the depressive positions Jon Steiner 5. Clinical experiences of projective identification Elizabeth Bott Spillius 6. Splitting and projective identification Michael Feldman 7. Psychosis: Not thinking in a bizarre world Edna

O'Shaughnessy 8. Keeping things in mind Ronald Britton 9. As if: The phenomenon of not-learning Ruth Riesenberg Malcolm

to make them participate in some of their experience. And they treat the work of Klein and Bion with respect and integrity: not avoiding what is disturbing and not making superficial or easy what is deep and complex (Hanna Segal, from the Foreword)

discuss the usual Klein/Bion topics--projective identification, unconscious phantasy, paranoid-schizoid and depressive positions, splitting and the container--in a lucid style with appropriate clinical examples. This small but densely packed book is enthusiastically recommended to those

wishing both a useful introduction to and information on the current state of Kleinian thinking (Psychoanalytic Books)

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