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Melanie Klein Today, Volume 1: Mainly Theory

Developments in Theory and Practice, 1st Edition

Edited by Elizabeth Bott Spillius


366 pages

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Melanie Klein Today, Volume 1 is the first of two volumes of collected essays devoted to developments in psychoanalysis based on the work of Melanie Klein.

The papers are arranged into four groups: the analysis of psychotic patients, projective identification, on thinking, and pathalogical organisation.


"Elizabeth Spillius cannot be too warmly congratulated. Readers who are not very familiar with recent Kleinian work will find the papers she has selected extremely informative and in virtually every case impressive. The outstanding editorial work is manifested, first in the well-judged choice of papers, secondly and above all in the superb commentaries … Elizabeth Spillius is a splendid exponent of her school and the two volumes she has so excellently edited must be thoroughly recommended." - William Gillerpies, The International Journal of Psychoanalysis

"An excellent text that identifies all the salient aspects of Kleinian Theory. Well written concise yet comprehensive. Simplifies complex concepts. Excellent student purchase." - Alf Thompson, Counselling, Salford FE College

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements. Bott Spillius, General Introduction. Part One: The Analysis of Psychotic Patients. Introduction. Notes on the Psychoanalysis of the Superego Conflict of an Acute Schizophrenic Patient. Depression in the Schizophrenic. Differentiation of the Psychotic from the Non-psychotic Personalities. Part Two: Projective Identification. Introduction. Attacks on Linking. The Relation of Anal Masturbation to Projective Identification. Contribution to the Psychopathology of Psychotic States: The Importance of Projective Identification in the Ego Structure and the Object Relations of the Psychotic Patient. Projective Identification - Some Clinical Aspects. Part Three: On Thinking. Introduction. Notes on Symbol Formation. A Theory of Thinking. The Experience of the Skin in Early Object-relations. Part Four: Pathological Organizations. Introduction. Schizoid Phenomena in the Borderline. Terror, Persecution, Dread - A Dissection of Paranoid Anxieties. A Clinical Approach to the Psychoanalyttic Theory of the Life and Death Instincts: An Investigation into the Aggressive Aspects of Narcissism. Cruelty and Narrowmindedness. Narcissistic Organization, Projective Identification, and the Formation of the Identificate. A Clinical Study of a Defensive Organization. Addiction to Near-death. The Interplay between Pathological Organizations and the Paranoid-schozoid and Depressive Positions. References to General Introduction and Other Introductory Material. Name Index. Subject Index.

About the Series

The New Library of Psychoanalysis

The New Library of Psychoanalysis is published by Routledge Mental Health in association with the Institute of Psychoanalysis, London.

Its purpose is to facilitate a greater and more widespread appreciation of psychoanalysis and to provide a forum for increasing mutual understanding between psychoanalysts and those in other disciplines. The series also aims to make some of the work of continental and other non-English speaking analysts more readily available to English-speaking readers, and to increase the interchange of ideas between British and American analysts.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis published its first book in 1987 under the editorship of David Tuckett, later followed by Elizabeth Bott Spillius, Susan Budd and Dana Birksted-Breen. A considerable number of Associate Editors and readers have assisted the editors.

Under the guidance of Foreign Rights Editors, a considerable number of the New Library books have been published abroad, particularly in Brazil, Germany, France, Italy, Peru, Spain and Japan.

The aim of the New Library of Psychoanalysis is to maintain the high level of scholarship of the previous series, to provide a forum for increasing understanding between psychoanalysis and other disciplines and to increase the interest of the general book-reading public in psychoanalysis.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis also aims to help the various schools of psychoanalysis to better understand each other. It has published books representing all three schools of thought in British psychoanalysis, including a particularly important work edited by Pearl King and Riccardo Steiner, expounding the intellectual and organisational controversies that developed in the British psychoanalytical Society between Kleinian, Viennese and 'middle group' analysts during the Second World War.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis has also translated and published several books by Continental psychoanalysts, and it plans in the future to continue the policy of publishing books that express as clearly as possible a variety of psychoanalytic points of view.

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PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health