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Recovery of the Lost Good Object

By Eric Brenman

Edited by Gigliola Fornari Spoto

© 2007 – Routledge

224 pages

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Description

Recovery of the Lost Good Object brings together the hugely influential papers and seminars of Eric Brenman, revealing his impact on the development of psychoanalysis and allowing a better understanding of his distinctive voice amongst post-Kleinian analysts.

Gathered together for the first time in one volume, Eric Brenman's papers give the reader a unique insight into the development of his clinical and theoretical thinking. They highlight many issues which are relevant to the present debate about psychoanalytic technique, including:

  • The Narcissism of the Analyst
  • Hysteria
  • The Recovery of the Good Object Relationship
  • Meaning and Meaningfulness
  • Cruelty and Narrowmindedness
  • The Value of Reconstruction in Adult Psychoanalysis

The second half of the book documents three of the clinical seminars and covers the transgenerational transmission of trauma, the analysis of borderline pathology and the psychoanalytical approach to severely deprived patients.

This collection will be welcomed by all psychoanalysts and psychotherapists, and other members of the helping professions interested in investigating the valuable contribution that Eric Brenman has made to contemporary psychoanalysis.

Table of Contents

Spoto, Introduction. Preface. The Narcissism of the Analyst: Its Effect in Clinical Practice. The Value of Reconstruction in Adult Psychoanalysis. Separation: A Clinical Problem. Matters of Life and Death - Real and Assumed. Cruelty and Narrowmindedness. Hysteria. Meaning and Meaningfulness: Touching the Untouchable. The Recovery of the Good Object Relationship: The Conflict with the Superego. De Masi, Introduction to the Clinical Seminars. Unbearable Pain. Deprivation and Violence. Transgenerational Transmission of Trauma.

About the Author/Editor

Eric Brenman trained originally in Medicine and Psychiatry, and then at the British Institute of Psychoanalysis. He is a Senior Training Analyst and Supervisor in the British Psychoanalytic Society, and a past President of the Society.

Gigliola Fornari Spoto trained in Medicine and Psychiatry in Italy and then at the British Institute of Psychoanalysis where she is now a Senior Training Analyst.

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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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY026000
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis
PSY028000
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General
PSY030000
PSYCHOLOGY / Research & Methodology