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1st Edition

Karl Abraham
The Birth of Object Relations Theory

ISBN 9781782200871
Published May 7, 2014 by Routledge
368 Pages

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Book Description

This book provides an in-depth analysis of the major milestones in Karl Abraham's career, and highlights his interest in mythology and his permanent focus on the libido. It explores his development of two different forms of early object relations: incorporation and destruction.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the English Edition -- Foreword -- Abraham, Psychoanalysis, and his Time -- An introduction -- Historical context -- The limits of a life -- Abraham’s time in Zurich: the decisive change (1904–1907) -- Transfer to Berlin (1908–1915) -- The Great War -- The psychoanalytic trenches again -- Abraham’s Role and Uniqueness in Psychoanalytic Theory -- First psychoanalytic papers, his theoretical contribution -- Abraham and the psychoanalytic movement -- Abraham, linguistics, and mythology -- Applied psychoanalysis -- The correspondence -- The Berlin Psychoanalytic Society, the Institute, and the Polyclinic -- Training analyst and supervisor -- Evolution of Abraham’s Thought Regarding the History of Libidinal Development (1907–1925) -- Incorporation into psychoanalysis -- The beginnings of object theory (1907–1916) -- The first pregenital stage of the libido (1916) -- A short study of the development of the libido, viewed in the light of mental disorders (1924) -- Character-formation on the genital level of the libido -- Final papers -- Abraham, the Object, and Psychoanalysis -- The object as a key concept -- Abraham—pioneer of object relations theory -- To conclude -- Chronology -- The Scientific Environment of Karl Abraham -- Appendix

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