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Overview

The contributions in this latest title in the Tavistock Clinic Series are sufficiently diverse for each to stimulate reflections and responses from the reader in the particular area upon which the author has chosen to focus, whilst at the same time the authors share enough common ground. The contributors all base their theories on a contemporary Kleinian/object-relations psychoanalytic viewpoint and this helps the reader feel that there is a basic underlying unity to facilitate meaningful links between the ideas and themes in different chapters.
The chapters have been organised into three sections. Whilst united in their focus on the Oedipus situation, the individual styles and “voices” of the authors are very varied. The first three chapters are primarily theoretical. The second section comprises chapters that make use of artistic and cultural themes from the worlds of literature and film to explore Oedipal couple issues. The final section consists of chapters that are specifically clinical in their focus. The manifest focus in most chapters is on the couple, but there are variations on this theme.

Contributors: Andrew Balfour, Sasha Brookes, Francis Grier, Monica Lanman, Lisa Miller, Mary Morgan, Viveka Nyberg, Joanna Rosenthal, Stanley Ruszczynski, Margot Waddell

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781855759220
  • Publisher: Karnac Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Series: Tavistock Clinic Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Francis Grier is an Associate Member of the British Psychoanalytical Society. He is also a Full Member of the Society of Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists. He is a Visiting Research Lecturer at the Tavistock Marital Studies Institute, where he was previously a Senior Marital Psychotherapist and Clinical Lecturer. He has a private practice for individuals and couples. He edited Brief Encounters with Couples: Some Analytical Perspectives, which was published by Karnac in 2001.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 On being able to be a couple : the importance of a "creative couple" in psychic life 9
Ch. 2 Reflective space in the intimate couple relationship : the "marital triangle" 31
Ch. 3 The couple, their marriage, and oedipus : or, problems come in twos and threes 49
Ch. 4 Coming into one's own : the oedipus complex and the couple in late adolescence 73
Ch. 5 Shadows of the parental couple : oedipal themes in Bergman's Fanny and Alexander 101
Ch. 6 "It seemed to have to do with something else..." Henry James' What Maisie knew and Bion's theory of thinking 121
Ch. 7 The painful truth 141
Ch. 8 The oedipus complex as observed in work with couples and their children 163
Ch. 9 Oedipus gets married : an investigation of a couple's shared oedipal drama 181
Ch. 10 No sex couples, catastrophic change, and the primal scene 201
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