From Instinct to Self: Selected Papers of W.R.D. Fairbairn

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Ronald Fairbairn's theory of object relations, first published in the 1940's, revolutionized psychoanalysis. Countering Freud's view that the developmental drive emerged almost solely from within an individual, Fairbairn argued that each person's fundamental need for relationships organizes development and its vicissitudes. In the ensuing years, frequently without attribution to Fairbairn, object relations theory became central to psychoanalytic thinking, and a source for modern infant research, relational ...

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Overview

Ronald Fairbairn's theory of object relations, first published in the 1940's, revolutionized psychoanalysis. Countering Freud's view that the developmental drive emerged almost solely from within an individual, Fairbairn argued that each person's fundamental need for relationships organizes development and its vicissitudes. In the ensuing years, frequently without attribution to Fairbairn, object relations theory became central to psychoanalytic thinking, and a source for modern infant research, relational theory, the study of dissociation and multiple personality, psychoanalytic family therapy, and the techniques of psychoanalytic therapy.

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Psychoanalytic Books: A Quarterly Journal Of Reviews
Despite the prominence of object relations theory in current psychoanalytic writing and practice, the seminal work of Ronald Fairbairn in this area has, until recently, received little acknowledgment. By collecting in these two volumes some of his hitherto scattered papers, his daughter, Ellinor Fairbairn Birtles, and her coeditor, David Scharff, have taken an important step toward according Fairbairn the recognition he richly deserves.
The papers selected by Birtles and Scharff skillfully trace Fairbairn's journey from his early explication and questioning of Freud's instinct theory to his later original exposition of the centrality of object relations in psychic life. These two volumes will do much to acquaint readers with his brilliant and original contributions to contemporary psychoanalytic theory and clinical practice.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781568213668
  • Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Series: Library of Object Relations Series
  • Edition description: Two Vol. Set
  • Pages: 720
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.43 (h) x 2.37 (d)

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David E. Scharff, M.D., is Co-Director of the International Institute of Object Relations Therapy. He is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University and at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, a Teaching Analyst at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, and former Director of the Washington School of Psychiatry. He is author and co-author of seven books and many articles, and maintains a private practice in adult, child, psychoanalysis, couple, and family therapy. Ellinor Fairbairn Birtles, the daughter of W. R. D.Fairbairn, was born and raised in Edinburgh. She was a medical student at Edinburgh University from 1945-47 and holds a BA in the History of Ideas from Kingston Polytechnic (now Kingston University). Her current doctoral research project in philosophy at Kingston University is entitled "The Origins of Fairbairn's Theory of Object Relations". This volume covers Fairbairn's clinical and theoretical papers published after those collected in Psychoanalytic Studies of the Personality. Volume II contains his early unpublished papers and lectures prior to Psychoanalytic Studies, as well as his papers published in the 1930s on applied psychoanalysis.

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