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The Bi-Personal Field

Experiences in Child Analysis, 1st Edition

By Antonino Ferro


232 pages

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In The Bi-Personal Field Antonino Ferro sets out his new conceptual system for analysis, considering not only the inner world of the patient but the continued interaction of that world with the inner world of the analyst.

The book takes a fresh look at the main aspects of theory and technique in psychoanalysis in the light of Kleinian developments. It reflects the drastic changes due to the thinking of Bion. Illustrated with numerous detailed clinical examples, the author claims that the basic focus of the analytic relationship is the conscious and unconscious interpersonal/ intersubjective processes going on between the analyst and patient.


'The author considers that the psychoanalytic dialogue is an encounter of two minds: that of the patient and that of the analyst. This encounter produces a new story that is different in Ferro's eyes from that gained from classical Freudian analyses, where he sees the emphasis on the patient's 'network of historical, factual relationships'(p2). However, Ferro's approach interprets the psychoanalytic dialogue as taking place in the 'intersubjective field', which focuses on a shared emotional experience based on the relationship between patient and analyst. The patient's emotional growth is dependent on new affective interpersonal experiences within the analytic dialogue that 'facilitates an emotional realisation thus far unknown and inaccessible to thought' (p. 113). From such interchanges transformations can take place that open new pathways towards understanding.' - Athol Hughes, IJPA 81 (2) 2000

Table of Contents

Bott Spillius, Introduction. A Review of the Theoretical Models. Drawings. Play. Dreams. The Dialogue: Characters and Narrative. The Child and the Family Group. A Geography of the Theoretical Model in Use. The Analyst's Mind at Work: Problems, Risks, Needs.

About the Author

Antonino Ferro is Training Analyst of the Italian Psychoanalytical Society, President of the Milanese Centre of Psychoanalysis and a Full Member of the IPA. He is Supervisor at the 'Dosso Verde' Child Psychotherapy Centre, Pavia University. He was also Visiting Professor of Child Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis at Milan University.

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:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General