The Klein-Winnicot Dialectic: Transformative New Metapsychology and Interactive Clinical Theory

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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. ...
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The Klein-Winnicott Dialectic: Transformative New Metapsychology and Interactive Clinical Theory

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Overview

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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"In this extraordinary tour de force of the contemporary object relational integrative thought, Dr Kavaler-Adler builds bridges where others see divides. She offers in-depth exploration of major theoretical concepts of both Klein and Winnicott, seen here in their reciprocally enriching dialectic interaction. In the book, the dialectically interactive concepts become further elegantly integrated. The interactive reciprocity of such concepts as mourning, object survival, potential and transitional space, and others is comprehensibly exemplified by rich clinical material. The book presents a major theoretical and clinical contribution to the psychodynamic and psychoanalytic thought and clinical practice, as it not only extends the present day object relational conceptual base and its clinical applicability, it also provides a dynamic integration template with the widest clinical and theoretical relevance."

"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."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780491240
  • Publisher: Karnac Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/2014
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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