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Psychic Equilibrium and Psychic Change

Selected Papers of Betty Joseph, 1st Edition

Edited by Michael Feldman, Elizabeth Bott Spillius


240 pages

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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.


"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

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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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.

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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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