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Psychic Equilibrium and Psychic Change
Selected Papers of Betty Joseph

ISBN 9780415041171
Published September 27, 1989 by Routledge
240 Pages

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Book Description

Betty Joseph's work has become an outstanding influence in the development and theory of psychoanalytic technique in the Kleinian tradition.

This collection of her most important papers examines the development of her thought and shows why a crucial part of her theory and practice is concerned with the detailed, sensitive scrutiny of the therapeutic process itself.

Fundamental and controversial topics explored and discussed include projective identification, transference and countertransference, unconscious phantasy, and Kleinian views on envy and the death instinct.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements. Segal, Preface. General Introduction. Part 1: Beginnings. Introduction. 'An Aspect of the Repetition Compulsion' (1959). 'Some Characteristics of the Psychopathic' (1960). Part 2: Breakthrough. Introduction. 'A Clinical Contribution to the Analysis of a Perversion' (1971). 'Passivity and Aggression: Their Inter-relationship'. 'The Patient who is Difficult to Reach' (1975). 'Towards the Experiencing of Psychic Pain' (1981). Part 3: Consolidation. Introduction. 'Different Types of Anxiety and their Handling in the Analytic Situation' (1978). 'Defence Mechanisms and Phantasy in the Psychoanalytical Process' (1981). 'Addiction to Near-death' (1982). 'On Understanding and not Understanding Some Technical Issues' (1983). Part 4: Recent Developments. Introduction. 'Transference: The Total Situation' (1985). 'Projective Identification: Some Clinical Aspects' (1987). 'Envy in Everyday Life' (1986). 'Psychic Change and the Psychoanalytic Process'. 'Object Relations in Clinical Practice' (1988). References. Complete List of the Published Papers of Betty Joseph. Index.

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"This excellent book should help raise the level of understanding and practice of all psychoanalysts, whatever their avowed belongingness to one or other school of thought." - The International Journal of Psychoanalysis