Margaret Mahler: A Biography of the Psychoanalyst

Margaret Mahler: A Biography of the Psychoanalyst

by Alma Halbert Bond


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Margaret Mahler: A Biography of the Psychoanalyst by Alma Halbert Bond

Margaret Mahler was from a young age intrigued by the theories of Sigmund Freud and Hungarian psychoanalysts such as Sandor Ferenzci, with whom she became acquainted while a student in Budapest. Forced to flee Europe and rising anti–Semitism, Margaret and her husband, Paul, came to the United States in 1938. It was after this move that Mahler performed her most significant research and developed concepts such as the ground-breaking theory of separation-individuation, an idea which was given credence by Mahler’s own relationship with her father.
This volume details the life and work of Margaret Mahler focusing on her life’s ambition—her psychoanalytical work. Her experiences with the Philadelphia Institute and her definitive research through the Masters Children’s Clinic are also discussed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786433551
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 05/19/2008
Pages: 251
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Alma Halbert Bond is also the author of 13 other books, both nonfiction and fiction. She lives in New York.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Preface     1
Prologue (1938)     3
The Early Years     7
Medical Training     23
Her Analysts     37
Marriage (1936-1953)     60
The Nazis (1919-1938)     64
London (1938)     72
America (1938-1985)     76
Divorce (1953)     86
The Philadelphia Story     97
The Masters Children's Center     111
Dr. Mahler's Advice to New Mothers (1979)     124
Alma Bond, Participant Observer (1966)     128
Mahler's Need for Dual Unity (The Present)     144
Her Colleagues Remember (The Present)     160
Aging and Death (Circa 1970-1985)     182
The Mysterious Will of Margaret Mahler (1985)     193
Margaret Mahler Today (The Present)     202
Postscript: "Ve Are Vun" (The Present)     217
Glossary     219
Chapter Notes     223
References     232
Bibliography     233
Index     237

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