"I found the book to be quite an elegant testimony of Dr Kavaler-Adler’s unique capacity to elucidate and integrate the tremendous and complex contributions of not only these two pillars of the object relations theories but also of other object relations theoreticians and beyond. It is a must read for anyone interested in reaching a more profound understanding of these giants and the way their unique and apparently different theoretical emphases can be integrated into a cohesive whole. It is written with the clarity of a master who is able to elucidate complex and far-reaching concepts in ways that even those familiar with these theories can appreciate and admire."
The Klein-Winnicot Dialectic: Transformative New Metapsychology and Interactive Clinical Theoryby Susan Kavaler-Adler
The book begins with the integration of Kleinian and Winnicottian theory from their contrasting, but also complementary, dialectical perspectives with some studies of Melanie Klein’s psychobiography. In doing so, the book has particularly drawn on the biographical research of Phyllis Grosskurth, who published a major biography of Melanie Klein in 1988, quite… See more details below
The book begins with the integration of Kleinian and Winnicottian theory from their contrasting, but also complementary, dialectical perspectives with some studies of Melanie Klein’s psychobiography. In doing so, the book has particularly drawn on the biographical research of Phyllis Grosskurth, who published a major biography of Melanie Klein in 1988, quite a time after the briefer biography of Hanna Segal. The other side of the Klein-Winnicott dialectic has been addressed by drawing on two biographies of D. W. Winnicott, with some minor references to the short biography of Brett Khar and more vivid and detailed references to the extremely comprehensive study of F. Robert Rodman (2004). The latter part of the volume provides clinical illustrations of the integration of Kleinian and Winnicottian theories.
This book’s theory and clinical illustrations serve to demonstrate how Melanie Klein’s theories and D. W. Winnicott’s theories work together. This volume of study shows that Klein’s theories of mourning interact with Winnicott’s theories on object survival; potential and transitional space; the true self; and developmental vs. narcissistic mirroring. This is exemplified in clinical cases, as well as in psychobiographical cases of women writers.
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