The Clinical Paradigms of Melanie Klein and Donald Winnicott seeks to introduce the distinctive psychoanalytic basic principles of both Klein and Winnicott, to compare and contrast the way in which their concepts evolved, and to show how their different approaches contribute to distinctive psychoanalytic paradigms. The aim is twofold – to introduce and to prompt research.
The book consists of five main parts each with two chapters, one each by Abram and Hinshelwood that describes the views of Klein and of Winnicott on 5 chosen issues:
- Basic principles
- Early psychic development
- The role of the external object
- The psychoanalytic concept of psychic pain
- Conclusions on divergences and convergences
Each of the 5 parts will conclude with a dialogue between the authors on the topic of the chapter.
The Clinical Paradigms of Melanie Klein and Donald Winnicott will appeal to who are being introduced to psychoanalytic ideas and especially to both these two schools of British Object Relations.
Table of Contents
Preface; Notes on Authors; Biographical Notes and Chronologies; Melanie Klein (1882 – 1960); Donald Winnicott (1896 – 1971); INTRODUCTION; PART ONE: BASIC PRINCIPLES Chapter One – Melanie Klein – Bob Hinshelwood; Chapter Two – Donald Winnicott – Jan Abram SUMMARY; DIALOGUE; PART TWO: EARLY PSYCHIC DEVELOPMENT Chapter Three – The Kleinian baby – Bob Hinshelwood; Chapter Four – The Winnicottian babies – Jan Abram; SUMMARY; DIALOGUE; PART THREE – THE ROLE OF THE EXTERNAL OBJECT Chapter Five – Anxiety and phantasy – Bob Hinshelwood; Chapter Six – The environment-individual set up –Jan Abram; SUMMARY; DIALOGUE; PART FOUR – THE PSYCHOANALYTIC CONCEPT OF PSYCHIC PAIN Chapter Seven – Melanie Klein and internal anxiety – Bob Hinshelwood Chapter Eight – Donald Winnicott’s view of aggression – Jan Abram; SUMMARY; DIALOGUE PART FIVE – PRACTICE AND THEORY Chapter Nine – Whose Reality? Whose Experience? - Bob Hinshelwood; Chapter Ten – Holding and the Mutative Interpretation - Jan Abram SUMMARY; DIALOGUE; APPENDIX – Myths and misperceptions GLOSSARY; FURTHER READING; AFTERWORD; References
Jan Abram in a Training and Supervising Analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society. She is the author of several publications including: The Language of Winnicott (1st edition 1996 awarded Outstanding Academic Book of the Year 1997 and a Classic Book P.E.P.) and editor of Donald Winnicott Today (Routledge, 2013). She was a Visiting Professor of the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex (2011-2013) and University of Kyoto, Japan (2016). Currently she is Visiting Professor for the Psychoanalysis Unit, University College London, and a Visiting Lecturer for the Tavistock Clinic, London.
R. D. Hinshelwood is a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society; previously Director of the Cassel Hospital, and Professor in the University of Essex (now Emeritus). He has written extensively on Kleinian psychoanalysis, including A Dictionary of Kleinian Thought (1989) and Clinical Klein (1993). He has taken an interest in and published on the problems of making evidenced comparisons between different psychoanalytic schools.
"This is an important and innovative book for all modern psychoanalysts; lucidly written, it compares and contrasts the work of Melanie Klein and Donald Winnicott with a lively dialogue between Abram and Hinshelwood. This throws new light on the work of both these major psychoanalytical figures, deepening our understanding of them and the interaction between them. The authors highlight the very contrasting ways in which Klein and Winnicott developed theoretically moving on from Freud in studying early development. This was despite Klein’s great influence on Winnicott. A future classic I found it hard to put down."-Nick Temple, Training Analyst and former President of the British Psychoanalytical Society; Former CEO, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
"This book is really exceptional due to the highly original formula of a dialogue between two renowned scholars on Klein and Winnicott. Each voice speaks out of conviction and identity with their respective author and there is something very truthful in the exchange, due to the personal and direct style of the dialogue that retains a scientific approach. Following each dialogue the reader is captured time and again and challenged to reconsider previous understandings. The published discussions have much the same effect as the direct dialogue had during the Warsaw conference, when people were most impressed to see that it was possible to have a true scientific and clinical exchange on such radically different psychoanalytic schools of thought. The book will certainly contribute to the culture of ‘hot’ psychoanalytic discussions."-Anna Czownicka, Ph.D., Training Analyst and former President of the Polish Psychoanalytical Society