But at the Same Time and on Another Level
Psychoanalytic Theory and Technique in the Kleinian/Bionian Mode
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This book is organized as a handbook, a "beginning", to elucidate general principles on how the psychoanalyst or psychoanalytically informed psychotherapist may optimally provide and maintain the setting for the psychoanalysis, and ultimately intervene with interpretations.
Table of Contents
Preface -- Introduction -- Bridges to other schools and to psychotherapy -- Psychoanalysis and psychotherapy -- The evolution of Kleinian through “post-Kleinian” to “Bionian” technique -- Contributions by Klein’s descendants -- “In search of a second opinion”: the task of psychoanalysis -- The analytic project: what is the analyst’s task? -- Some notes on the philosophy of technique -- The psychoanalytic session as a dream, as improvisational theatre, and as sacred drama -- Psychoanalytic dependency and regression -- The Kleinian conception of the unconscious -- The “once-and-forever-and-ever-evolving infant of the unconscious” -- The concept of “aloneness” and the absence and presence of the analyst -- Notes on the unconsciouses -- The overarching role of unconscious phantasy -- The ubiquitousness of object relationships -- The Kleinian version of epigenesis and development, and Klein’s theory of the positions -- Klein’s view of the death instinct -- The Kleinian view of defence mechanisms -- Psychic retreats or pathological organizations -- The negative therapeutic reaction and psychoanalytic resistance -- Transference ↔ countertransference ↔ reverie -- Infantile sexuality versus infantile dependency and the Kleinian view of the Oedipus complex -- The importance of the Kleinian concepts of greed, envy, and jealousy -- The Kleinian view of the superego -- “This house against this house”: splitting of the ego and the object -- The constellating importance of projective identification -- Projective transidentification -- Bion’s modifications and extension of Kleinian technique -- The instruments of psychoanalytic technique: the faculties the analyst must use -- The clinical instruments in Dr Bion’s treatment bag