The Contemporary Kleinians of London / Edition 1

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Overview

Currently, the world of therapy is being swept by a huge wave of interest in the great variety of object-relational approaches to psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. Leading the field in developing new object-relational approaches to the depths of human suffering are the contemporary Kleinians of London. This group has refined the best of Melanie Klein's contributions to make them always immediately relevant to the verbal and nonverbal dialogue that goes on between the patient and the analyst or analytically oriented psychotherapist. The teaching of these contemporary Kleinians has been sought after internationally, and in recent years in the United States there has been mounting interest in and excitement over what they have to offer. This book comprises a set of essays by central members of this group. These essays have been selected not only for their quality and recency but as well for their contributing, in aggregate, a broad view of the concepts, methods, and results of this creative group of fellow workers. An introductory essay by the Editor provides a helpful overview of what is to come in the chapters that follow. Among the authors represented in several places are Hanna Segal and Betty Joseph, the two acknowledged leaders of these contemporary pioneering psychoanalysts.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Walter F. Burke, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This new edition presents a comprehensive overview of contributions from contemporary psychoanalysts in London whose work demonstrates important evolutions in the theory and expansions in scope of practice of Kleinian psychoanalysis.
Purpose: The major purpose is to provide the American psychoanalytically oriented mental health practitioner with an overview of the most current modifications in Kleinian theory and psychoanalytic practice. The editor introduces each theorist by placing the work into an historical perspective that integrates Kleinian approaches into the larger spectrum of psychoanalytic treatment options.
Audience: Psychoanalytically oriented practitioners and scholars will be interested in this balanced presentation of theoretical developments and their innovative applications to the clinical setting. The author is a renowned scholar-practitioner in the field.
Features: Each contributor offers his or her own references, which are generally comprehensive, and offer the American reader the inclusion of citations not frequently encountered in American journals. The editor's introduction to each author's work is a most helpful integration of the separate article into an understandable theoretical context.
Assessment: Psychoanalytically oriented practitioners and scholars will find this new edition most valuable in familiarizing themselves with recent developments within the London-based Kleinian school of psychoanalysis. Advances in defining theoretical constructs are delineated in relationship to their historical roots in Kleinian theory and their more recent unique application to the clinical setting.
Walter F. Burke
This new edition presents a comprehensive overview of contributions from contemporary psychoanalysts in London whose work demonstrates important evolutions in the theory and expansions in scope of practice of Kleinian psychoanalysis. The major purpose is to provide the American psychoanalytically oriented mental health practitioner with an overview of the most current modifications in Kleinian theory and psychoanalytic practice. The editor introduces each theorist by placing the work into an historical perspective that integrates Kleinian approaches into the larger spectrum of psychoanalytic treatment options. Psychoanalytically oriented practitioners and scholars will be interested in this balanced presentation of theoretical developments and their innovative applications to the clinical setting. The author is a renowned scholar-practitioner in the field. Each contributor offers his or her own references, which are generally comprehensive, and offer the American reader the inclusion of citations not frequently encountered in American journals. The editor's introduction to each author's work is a most helpful integration of the separate article into an understandable theoretical context. Psychoanalytically oriented practitioners and scholars will find this new edition most valuable in familiarizing themselves with recent developments within the London-based Kleinian school of psychoanalysis. Advances in defining theoretical constructs are delineated in relationship to their historical roots in Kleinian theory and their more recent unique application to the clinical setting.
Booknews
A collection of essays by contemporary analysts and analytically oriented psychotherapists building on the work of Melanie Klein, highlighting manifestations of transference and countertransference and methods used to address narcissistic issues that block the therapeutic process. Subjects include violent defenses against depressive anxiety, parental sexuality in the Oedipus complex, patient-centered and analyst-centered interpretation, and the contribution of child analysis to the psychoanalysis of adults. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823610556
  • Publisher: International Universities Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 441
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Credits
Introduction: The Contemporary Kleinians of London 1
1 What Is a Clinical Fact? 30
2 Conceptualization of Clinical Facts 51
3 Phantasy and Reality 75
4 Projective Identification: Some Clinical Aspects 100
5 Splitting and Projective Identification 119
6 Varieties of Envious Experience 143
7 Cruelty and Narrow-Mindedness 174
8 The Interplay between Pathological Organizations and the Paranoid-Schizoid and Depressive Positions 195
9 Putting the Boot In: Violent Defenses against Depressive Anxiety 223
10 The Missing Link: Parental Sexuality in the Oedipus Complex 242
11 Obsessional Certainty Versus Obsessional Doubt: From 2 to 3 262
12 Manic Reparation 281
13 On Understanding and Not Understanding 299
14 The Dynamics of Reassurance 321
15 Working Through in the Countertransference 348
16 Problems of Psychoanalytic Technique: Patient-Centered and Analyst-Centered Interpretations 372
17 Psychic Change and the Psychoanalytic Process 395
18 The Child in the Adult: The Contribution of Child Analysis to the Psychoanalysis of Adults 414
Epilogue 427
Name Index 431
Subject Index 433
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