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A Psychoanalytic Theory of Infantile Experience

Conceptual and Clinical Reflections, 1st Edition

By Eugenio Gaddini, Adam Limentani


236 pages

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Eugenio Gaddini, a pioneer within the Italian psychoanalytical movement, devoted a lifetime of research to the organization of infantile mental life.

In this edited collection of his papers Dr Adam Limentani introduces Gaddini's key theories showing how they are closely linked to, but different from, the thinking of Phyllis Greenacre, Donald Winnicott and Melanie Klein.

These ideas are of great clinical relevance for the treatment of adult patients, particularly in the understanding of psychosomatic disorders. The richness of the clinical evidence with which Gaddini supports his hypothesis, and the originality of his conceptions make this a rewarding and stimulating book for the practicing analyst and psychotherapist.


"Essential reading." - Robert Whyte, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

"This is an important book. From Gaddini's wealth of ideas and experience it offers, particularly, his unique views on development, involving his correlations and creative combinations of the psychological and the psychosomatic, of metapsychology and object-relations theory, of external observation and clinical practice, of body and mind, mental and physical, and so on; all used to give invaluably stimulating suggestions and new slants to these very problematic areas." - Anne Hayman, International Journal of Psychoanalysis

Table of Contents

Wallerstein, Foreword. Acknowledgements. Limentani, Introduction. On Imitation (1969). Aggression and the Pleasure Principle: Towards a Psychoanalytic Theory of Aggression (1972). Beyond the Death Instinct: Problems of Psychoanalytic Research on Aggression (1972). Formation of the Father and the Primal Scene (1974). On Father Formation in Early Childhood Development (1976). Therapeutic Technique in Psychoanalysis: Research, Controversies and Evolution (1975). The Invention of Space in Psychoanalysis (1976). Notes on the Mind-body Question (1980). Early Defensive Fantasies and the Psychoanalytical Process (1981). Acting Out in the Psychoanalytic Session (1982). The Pre-symbolic Activity of the Infant Mind (1984). The Mask and the Circle (1985). Changes in Psychoanalytic Patients up to the Present Day (1984). Bibliography. Name Index. Subject Index.

About the Series

The New Library of Psychoanalysis

The New Library of Psychoanalysis is published by Routledge Mental Health in association with the Institute of Psychoanalysis, London.

Its purpose is to facilitate a greater and more widespread appreciation of psychoanalysis and to provide a forum for increasing mutual understanding between psychoanalysts and those in other disciplines. The series also aims to make some of the work of continental and other non-English speaking analysts more readily available to English-speaking readers, and to increase the interchange of ideas between British and American analysts.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis published its first book in 1987 under the editorship of David Tuckett, later followed by Elizabeth Bott Spillius, Susan Budd and Dana Birksted-Breen. A considerable number of Associate Editors and readers have assisted the editors.

Under the guidance of Foreign Rights Editors, a considerable number of the New Library books have been published abroad, particularly in Brazil, Germany, France, Italy, Peru, Spain and Japan.

The aim of the New Library of Psychoanalysis is to maintain the high level of scholarship of the previous series, to provide a forum for increasing understanding between psychoanalysis and other disciplines and to increase the interest of the general book-reading public in psychoanalysis.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis also aims to help the various schools of psychoanalysis to better understand each other. It has published books representing all three schools of thought in British psychoanalysis, including a particularly important work edited by Pearl King and Riccardo Steiner, expounding the intellectual and organisational controversies that developed in the British psychoanalytical Society between Kleinian, Viennese and 'middle group' analysts during the Second World War.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis has also translated and published several books by Continental psychoanalysts, and it plans in the future to continue the policy of publishing books that express as clearly as possible a variety of psychoanalytic points of view.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health