About Children and Children-no-longer is the long awaited collection of Paula Heimann's published and unpublished papers.
From the published work it includes the seminal paper 'On Countertransference' (1950); 'Dynamics and Transference Interpretations' (1956); 'Some Notes on Sublimation' (1959); and 'Notes on the Anal Stage' (1962). In addition, more recent works are published here in English for the first time, describing the author's particular integration of theory and technique.
Paula Heimann's ideas on an undifferentiated early phase of infant development and its implications for analytic technique, along with her unique knowledge of both Kleinian object relations and classical theory and technique, make her work very relevant both to present-day practice and the understanding of the historical development of some central psychoanalytic ideas.
Table of Contents
Preface. Acknowledgements. Introductory Memoir by Pearl King. Editor's Introduction by Margret Tonnesmann. 1939/42: A Contribution to the Problem of Sublimation and its Relation to Processes of Internalization. 1942(3)/1952(c): Notes on the Theory of the Life and Death Instincts. 1948/49: Some Notes on the Psycho-analytic Concept of Introjected Objects. 1949/50: On Counter-transference. 1951/52(a): A Contribution to the Re-evaluation of the Oedipus Complex - The Early Stages. 1952(b): Preliminary Notes on some Defence Mechanisms in Paranoid States. 1955/56: Dynamics of Transference Interpretations. 1957/59: Some Notes on Sublimation. 1958: Notes on Early Development. 1959/60: Counter-transference. 1961/62a: Contribution to Discussion of the 'Curative Factors in Psycho-analysis'. 1961/62b: Notes on the Anal Stage. 1963/64: Comments on Dr Katan's and Dr Meltzer's Papers on 'Fetishism - Some Somatic Delusions - Hypochondria'. 1964/66: Comments on the Psychoanalytic Concept of Work. 1964/69: Evolutionary Leaps and the Origin of Cruelty. 1965/66: Comments on Dr Kernberg's Paper (On Structural Derivatives of Object Relationships'). 1967/68: The Evaluation of Applicants for Psycho-analytic Training. 1969: Postscripts (To: 'Dynamics of Transference Interpretations' 1955/56). 1969/70: Opening and Closing Remarks of the Moderator (To 'Discussion of "The Non-transference Relationship in the Psychoanalytic Situation"). 1970: The Nature and Function of Interpretation. 1975a: Sacrificial Parapraxis - Failure or Achievement?. 1975/77: Further Observations on the Analyst's Cognitive Process. 1978: On the Necessity for the Analyst to be Natural with his Patient. 1979/80: About Children and Children-no-longer. Complete Bibliography of Paula Heimann's Publications. Bibliography. Index.
"The reader is able to explore and follow Heimann's development as a thinker, clinician, and psychoanalyst, through what were clearly difficult and stormy periods, to her emergence as an individual in her own right - being herself, which I hope all psychoanalysts seek for themselves and their patients." - The Psychoanalytic Quarterly