What is the role of psychoanalysis in today's world?

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow presents a selection of papers written by Hanna Segal. The collection introduces the reader to a wide spectrum of insights into psychoanalysis, ranging from current thoughts on the nature of dreaming to new ideas about vision and disillusionment. Her long ...

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What is the role of psychoanalysis in today's world?

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow presents a selection of papers written by Hanna Segal. The collection introduces the reader to a wide spectrum of insights into psychoanalysis, ranging from current thoughts on the nature of dreaming to new ideas about vision and disillusionment. Her long interest in factors affecting war is pursued in her examination of the psychotic factors, symbolic significance and psychological impact of the events of September the 11th, and the ensuing war on Iraq.

The second half of the book discusses Segal's presentations to conferences and symposia from 1969-2000, this material is split into six sections:

  • Models of the mind and mental processes

  • Psychoanalytic technique

  • Segal on Klein

  • Segal on Bion

  • Envy and narcissism

  • Interviews.

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow is a masterly contribution to the field. Segal's clarity of thought and striking clinical illustrations make the book accessible to those new to the field as well as those acquainted with her seminal work.

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Editorial Reviews

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"I found this a fascinating and rewarding book to read, with a breadth, as well as depth, of content that is unusual in a psychoanalytic book, reflecting Hanna Segal's commitment to a search for truth, which is not confined to psychic reality but encompasses social and political reality and conflict. I recommend it highly." - Golshad Ghiaci, Reflections Magazine, Summer, 2008
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134119103
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/7/2007
  • Series: New Library of Psychoanalysis
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • File size: 380 KB

Meet the Author

Hanna Segal is an internationally renowned psychoanalyst. She has served as President of the British Psychoanalytical Society, Vice President of the International Psychoanalytical Association and Freud Professor of Psychoanalysis at the University of London. Her earlier publications include The Work of Hanna Segal and Psychoanalysis, Literature and War.

Nicola Abel-Hirsch is a psychoanalyst with the British Psychoanalytical Society and works in private practice in London. She teaches in the UK and Taiwan and her publications include a work on the life instinct, Eros.

Roy Schafer is a psychoanalyst in New York City. He has also served as Freud Professor of Psychoanalysis at the University of London, and as Vice president of the International Psychoanalytical Association. His many publications include the Contemporary Kleinians of London.

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Table of Contents

Foreword   Roy Schafer     xv
Acknowledgements     xix
General introduction   Nicola Abel-Hirsch     1
Papers from 2000-2006     9
Introduction     11
Interpretation of dreams - 100 years on     14
Disillusionment: the story of Adam and Eve and that of Lucifer     25
September 11     37
Yesterday, today and tomorrow     46
Vision     61
Reflections on truth, tradition, and the psychoanalytic tradition of truth     69
Contributions to symposia, conferences and other occasional writings     79
Models of the mind and mental processes     81
Psychic structure and psychic change - changing models of the mind (1997)     83
The mind as conflict and compromise formation: comments on Charles Brenner's paper (1992)     92
Acting on phantasy and acting on desire (1992)     96
Symbolic equation and symbols (1996)     111
What is an object? The role of perception (1990)     114
Projective identification: comments on Ruth Riesenberg Malcolm's paper (1995)     124
The end of psychoanalysis? (1996)     130
Psychoanalytic technique     137
Model of mental functioning and psychoanalytic process(1992)     139
What is therapeutic and counter therapeutic in psychoanalysis? (1987)     151
The 'corrective emotional experience': comments on the technique of Franz Alexander (1990)     159
The role of child analysis in the general psychoanalytic training (1972)     165
Segal on Klein     173
The Melanie Klein plaque in Pitlochry (1987)     175
Klein (1996)     178
Review of Kristeva's Le Genie Feminin Tome II - Melanie Klein (2000)     189
Segal on Bion     199
The significance of psychic pain in the mental equilibrium (1976)     201
Bion's clinical contributions 1950-1965 (1980)     203
Introduction to Bion (1998)     211
Bion's alpha function and alpha elements (1996)     219
Envy and narcissism     225
Envy and jealousy (1969)     227
Narcissism: comments on Ronald Britton's paper (2000)     230
Interviews     235
Hanna Segal interviewed by Jacqueline Rose (1990)     237
Hanna Segal interviewed by Dorrit Harazim (1998)     258
Bibliography     265
Name index     273
Subject index     277
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