The Kleinian Development [NOOK Book]


This classic text derives from lectures delivered at the Institute of Psycho-Analysis, London and the Tavistock Clinic (1965-78). It is divided into 3 clear parts that examine, in turn, the writings of Sigmund Freud, Melanie Klein and Wilfred Bion.
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This classic text derives from lectures delivered at the Institute of Psycho-Analysis, London and the Tavistock Clinic (1965-78). It is divided into 3 clear parts that examine, in turn, the writings of Sigmund Freud, Melanie Klein and Wilfred Bion.
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"Like Borges, who preferred to be remembered as a good reader rather than a writer, Meltzer was an excellent creative reader, as one can appreciate in this superb account of the work of Freud, Melanie Klein and Bion.”

”Meltzer’s beautifully written text traces a line of development in psychoanalysis from Freud through Abraham to Klein and Bion, focusing on their methods of observation, clinical work and emerging theories. By highlighting points of congruence and difference and significant shifts in understanding, he outlines a continuity of clinical method and thought that has come to be known as the ‘Kleinian Development’. This text is an invaluable companion to the readings of Freud, Klein and Bion for all students of psychoanalysis, for clinicians and for all those interested in the development of psychoanalytic thinking.”

”To really appreciate the originality of Meltzer’s thinking, one needs to grasp how deeply his ideas are rooted in the psychoanalytic tradition. This book provides a close reading of classical texts by Freud, Klein and Bion–what Meltzer calls the ‘Kleinian Development’–with an emphasis on case material. With Meltzer as guide we can discover a wealth of object-relational themes in Freud, themes that seem more evident today than in the early years of psychoanalysis. In Part 1 of the book we follow the tension between Freud’s truthfully written clinical observations and a theory not always capable of apprehending these findings, and see how this tension became a challenge to the next generation of analysts, among them Klein. In Part 2, a week-by-week account of her ‘Narrative of a Child Analysis’, Klein’s clinical notes provide a rare opportunity to get very close to the clinical process. Meltzer throws new light on this material and shows the development in Kleinian and post-Kleinian thinking through the oscillations between clinical observations and model-making. Part 3 may serve as an introduction to Bion, but this is very much the Bion of Meltzer, and it leads the way to his later more original work. In this book Meltzer’s deep appreciation of his former masters comes forth clearly, but in a form that is very much alive and challenging."

"The Kleinian Development is based on transcripts of seminars given during the '60s and '70s at the Tavistock Clinic to child psychotherapists in training and at the Institute of Psychoanalysis. [Meltzer’s] voice echoes through the pages, eliciting memories of the many occasions on which he offered his audience the benefit of his observational skill and sometimes startling intuitions. For clinicians, whether students of the psychoanalytic method or experienced practitioners, this work provides a source of enlightenment which will become increasingly satisfying the more it is read.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780494197
  • Publisher: Harris Meltzer Trust
  • Publication date: 12/31/2008
  • Series: Harris Meltzer Trust Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • File size: 769 KB

Meet the Author

Donald Meltzer (1923-2004) is widely known as a psychoanalyst and teacher throughout Europe and South America. He is the author of many works on psychoanalytic theory and practice, including 'The Psychoanalytical Process', 'Sexual States of Mind', 'Explorations in Autism', 'The Kleinian Development', 'Dream Life', 'Studies in Extended Metapsychology', and 'The Claustrum', all published by Karnac Books.
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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Freud's Clinical Development (Method - data - theory)

I 1895: Why History? 4

II 1900: The Spiral of Method and Data (Studies on Hysteria) 17

III 1901: The Crystallization of the Method Dream Analysis - (Dora) 24

IV 1905: Freud's Theory of Sexuality 39

V 1909: The Case History of Little Hans (Infantile Neurosis) 46

VI 1909: The Rat Man (Obsessional Neurosis) 54

VII 1910: The Leonardo Paper (Narcissism) 62

VIII 1911: The Schreber Case (Inner World) 73

IX 1914: Mourning and Melancholia (Identification Processes) 78

X 1918: The Wolf Man (The Primal Scene) 89

XI 1919: The Child Being Beaten (The Perversions) 102

XII 1920: Beyond the Pleasure Principle and Group Psychology (The Ego-Ideal) 114

XIII 1929: The Ego and the Id (The Advent of the Structural Theory) 124

XIV 1926: The Last Years (Anxiety and the Economics of the Mind) 132

Pt. 2 Richard Week-by-week (A Critique of the 'Narrative of a Child Analysis' and a Review of Melanie Klein's Work)

I First Week - Sessions 1-6: Establishing the Analytic Situation; Evolution of the Concepts: Paranoid-Schizoid and Depressive Positions 147

II Second Week - Sessions 7-12: The Developmental Role of the Thirst for Knowledge 156

III Third Week - Sessions 13-18: 'Envy and Gratitude' as the Organizing Postscript to the Body of Melanie Klein's Theoretical Work 162

IV Fourth Week - Sessions 19-24: Unconscious Phantasies as Mechanisms of Defence, with Special Reference to Obsessional Mechanisms 169

V Fifth Week - Sessions 25-29: The Anxieties of the Paranoid-Schizoid Position: Paranoid Anxiety, Persecutory Anxiety, PersecutoryDepression 177

VI Sixth Week - Sessions 30-33: The Development of the Concept of Reparation: True, Manic and Mock Reparation 186

VII Seventh Week - Sessions 34-39: Concepts of Confusion - Their Absence in the Work with Richard and its Consequence 193

VIII Eighth Week - Sessions 40-45: The Phenomenology of Hypochondria: its Differentiation from Psychosomatic Phenomena or Somatic Delusions 202

IX Ninth Week - Sessions 46-52: Splitting and Idealization: its Role in Development and its Defects' Contribution to Psycho-pathology 206

X Tenth Week - Sessions 53-59: The Composition of Intolerance to Frustration - Review of the Ten Weeks' Work 215

XI Eleventh Week - Sessions 60-65: The Clinical Manifestations of Splitting Processes and the Structural Meaning of Integration, with Special Reference to the Concept of Ambivalence 224

XII Twelfth Week - Sessions 66-71: The Role of Interpretation in the Therapeutic Process 231

XIII Thirteenth Week - Sessions 72-77: The Relation of Ambivalence to the Experience of Depressive Pain 239

XIV Fourteenth Week - Sessions 78-83: Technical Problems Related to Countertransference 246

XV Fifteenth Week - Sessions 84-89: The Concept of the Combined Object and its Impact on Development 253

XVI Sixteenth Week - Sessions 90-93: The Achievements of the Analysis, with Special Reference to Dependence on Internal Objects 261

Pt. 3 The Clinical Significance of the Work of Bion

I Experiences in Groups 273

II Re-view of Group Dynamics and The Imaginary Twin 283

III The Schizophrenia Papers 290

IV Approach to a Theory of Thinking 300

V Alpha-Function and Beta-Elements 307

VI Container and Contained - the Prototype of Learning 316

VII The Elements of Psycho-analysis and Psycho-analytical Objects 324

VIII The Role of Myth in the Employment of Thoughts 333

IX Psycho-analytical Observation and the Theory of Transformations 341

X Analytic Truth and the Operation of Multiple Vertices 349

XI "Learning About" as a Resistance to "Becoming" 356

XII The Bondage of Memory and Desire 364

XIII The Psycho-analytic Couple and the Group 373

XIV Review: Catastrophic Change and the Mechanisms of Defence 380

Appendix A Note on Bion's Concept "Reversal of Alpha-function" Donald Meltzer Meltzer, Donald 389

Index 397

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