Originally published in 1970 and in contrast to the previous three volumes, which each dealt with a single subject, this volume is a miscellaneous one.
Seventeen subjects were selected on the basis of their relevance for the understanding both of psychoanalytic theory and of human behaviour in general. In this volume the reader can follow the development of Freud’s theories regarding important subjects such as Fixation, Regression, Cathexis, Conflicts, Anxiety, Ambivalence, Reality Testing, Transference and Counter- Transference. Some of these subjects were chosen because of the many misconceptions and misunderstandings that surrounded them. As in previous volumes, the development of each concept is described from its conception to Freud’s final formulation and detailed references are given for the guidance of the student, the psychoanalyst, the psychiatrist, the social worker, the psychologist and the general reader.
Acknowledgements. Foreword. Introduction. 1. Alex Holder Metapsychology 2. Alex Holder The Dynamic Point of View 3. Alex Holder The Economic Point of View 4. Alex Holder The Topographical Point of View 5. Alex Holder The Genetic Point of View 6. Pat Radford Principles of Mental Functioning 7. Alex Holder Cathexis 8. Humberto Nagera and Alice Colonna Freud’s Theory of Conflict 9. Elsa First Fixation 10. Audrey Gavshon Regression 11. Lottie Kearney Anxiety 12. Pat Radford Ambivalence 13. Humberto Nagera Different Uses of the Term ‘Object’ 14. Alice Colonna A Historical Revision of the Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality 15. Eleanor Dansky Reality Testing 16. Pat Radford Transference 17. Pat Radford Counter- Transference 18. Humberto Nagera Masturbation. Index.