Doing Things Differently
The Influence of Donald Meltzer on Psychoanalytic Theory and Practice
Doing Things Differently celebrates the work of Donald Meltzer, who was such a lively force in the training of child psychotherapists at the Tavistock Clinic for many years. The book represents the harvest of Meltzer's thinking and teaching, and covers such topics as dimensionality in primitive states of mind, dreaming, supervision, and the claustrum.
Table of Contents
Series Editors’ Preface -- Introduction -- Doing things differently: an appreciation of Donald Meltzer’s contribution -- The relevance of Donald Meltzer’s concept of nipple-penis confusion to selective mutism and the capacity to produce language -- Point–line–surface–space: on Donald Meltzer’s concept of one- and two-dimensional mental functioning in autistic states -- Autism reconsidered -- Donald Meltzer’s concept of dimensionality in clinical work with autistic patients -- Does the meta-psychological concept of dimensionality refer to a geometrical or a topological model? -- A response -- Dimensionality, identity, and security: finding a home through psychoanalysis -- The isolated adolescent -- Supervision as a space for the co-creation of imaginative conjectures -- Keeping tension close to the limit: from latency towards development -- Donald Meltzer’s supervision of psychotherapy with a psychotic child -- The second life of dreaming -- On having ideas: the aesthetic object and O -- Degrees of entrapment: living and dying in the claustrum -- Trapped in a claustrum world: the proleptic imagination and James Joyce’s Ulysses -- Gaudete: a response to Mary Fisher-Adams -- A mind of one’s own: therapy with a patient contending with excessive intrusive identification and claustrum phenomena -- Battered women lose their minds -- Concluding thoughts on the nature of psychoanalytic activity