Basic Fault: Therapeutic Aspects of Regression

Basic Fault: Therapeutic Aspects of Regression


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When it was first published in 1968, Michael Balint's The Basic Fault laid the groundwork for a far-ranging reformation in psychoanalytic theory. This reformation is still incomplete, for it remains true today that despite the proliferation of techniques and schools, we do not know which are more correct or more successful—and all psychoanalysts continue to encounter intractable cases of mental disorder. Balint argues that ordinary "rigid" techniques and theories are doomed to failure in such cases because of their emphasis on interpretation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810110250
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication date: 07/28/1992
Series: Classics in Psychoanalysis Series
Edition description: 3
Pages: 205
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Michael Balint, M.D., Ph.D., M.Sc., who died in 1971, was a psychoanalyst of international reputation, whose originality expressed itself both in clinical practice and in teaching. His involvement with the development of psychoanalytic theory and practice was paralleled by a concern with stimulating understanding of psychodynamic principles among other professional groups, particularly general practitioners. His varied and prolific writings attest to these aims.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface to the 1979 Reprint by Enid Balint. Preface. Part I. The Three Areas of the Mind. Part II. Primary Narcissiscm and Primary Love. Part III. The Gulf and the Analyst's Responses to it. Part IV. The benign and the Malignant Forms of Regression. Part V. The Regressed Patient and His Analyst. Bibliography. Special Bibliography on Oral Dependence and Related States. Index.

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