Immaterial Facts: Freud's Discovery of Psychic Reality and Klein's Development of His Work

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Overview

First published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Daniel M. Haycraft, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is an excellent comparative study of the works of Sigmund Freud and Melanie Klein.
Purpose: The expressed purpose is to focus on the relationship between the work of Sigmund Freud and Melanie Klein, showing how Freud's work developed and Klein's work expanded on the work of Freud. These are very worthy objectives, especially for students or practitioners of psychotherapy. The author meets these objectives well.
Audience: This work will be of greatest value to students of psychology or psychoanalysis, or others interested in understanding the development of psychological theory. The author is a training and supervising psychoanalyst, with excellent credentials to support this work.
Features: The author provides a well written, detailed explanation of the development of Freud's models of the mind. He then proceeds with a similar exploration of the work of Melanie Klein, thought by many to be the greatest proponent of Freud's work. He shows Klein's work as a further development and clarification of Freud's, with support for his most fundamental ideas and disproval of those which he ultimately questioned.
Assessment: This excellent book is a well written, clear development of the process by which Freud's models evolved. The author makes an excellent comparison and contrast with the thinking of Melanie Klein, showing her work ultimately as a development and refinement of Freud's. This is an excellent text, bridging the gap between two seemingly divided philosophies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415220842
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/29/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 161
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Foreword
1 Immaterial Facts 3
Freud's Early Model of the Mind 5
Psychic Reality 6
Psychoanalysis of Children 8
2 Psychology without a Psyche 11
The Seduction Theory 13
A Scientific Fairy Tale 15
3 The Discovery of Unconscious Fantasy 17
Infantile Sexuality 22
The Oedipus Complex 23
The Dynamic Unconscious 24
4 The Structure of Dreams and Neurosis 25
The Meaning of Dreams 26
Dreams and Neurosis 29
Repression 29
5 Transference and the Crystallization of the Psychoanalytic Method 32
The Role of Transference in Psychoanalysis 32
The Crystallization of the Psychoanalytic Method 38
Free Association 38
Free-Floating Attention 42
6 Gravitational Confinement 43
The Persistence of Freud's Original Model 44
The Theory of Libido 45
7 A Specimen Case: Little Hans 47
Case History 47
Freud at the Midpoint of His Development 53
8 Identification and the Structure of the Inner World 56
Identification 56
The Structure of the Inner World 59
9 Anxiety and the Structure of the Inner World 61
Abandoning the Libido Theory of Anxiety 61
A Psychological Theory of Anxiety 63
10 Beyond Eros 67
The Destructive Instinct 67
11 Melanie Klein's Place in Psychoanalysis 73
Freud's Comments on Klein 75
Opposition and Acceptance 77
12 The Method of Child Psychoanalysis 79
Klein's Approach to the Psychoanalysis of Children 82
Klein's Technique of Child Analysis 83
Transference in Children 84
13 The Child's Construction of Experience 87
External Repression 87
The Child's Internal World 90
14 Instinct, Fantasy, and Early Psychic Processes 94
Fantasy and Instinct 94
Unconscious Fantasy and External Reality 96
Fantasy and Psychological Structure 97
15 Projective Identification and the Formation of the Inner World 100
The Formation of the Superego 100
Splitting and the Early Development of the Internal Object World 103
The Paranoid-Schizoid Position 105
Projective Identification 105
Projective Identification and the Psychoanalysis of Schizophrenia 108
16 The Transformation of the Superego: Psychological Integration and Growth 111
The Depressive Position and the Sense of Reality 115
Reparation 117
Manic Defenses and Depressive Illness 117
Reparation, Creativity, and Normal Psychological Development 121
17 The Early Stages of the Oedipus Complex 123
Oedipal Development of the Boy 127
Oedipal Development of the Girl 129
The Kleinian Revision of the Oedipus Complex 130
18 Envy and Gratitude, Splitting and Integration 134
Unconscious Envy and Splitting 136
Unconscious Gratitude and Integration 139
19 Psychoanalytic Knowledge 141
Therapeutic Knowledge 141
Theoretical Knowledge 143
20 Freud and Klein: A Summary 146
References 153
Index 157
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