This remarkable collection of papers is divided into three sections: clinical issues; psychoanalysis and the life cycle; and underlying theories of practice. The papers span the years 1951 to 2004, recording five decades of British psychoanalysis, through various angles. The papers in the clinical part include a unique, lengthy case study of the psychoanalysis of a four-year-old boy, and a follow-up of his life over five decades later. After reading the paper at the age of 54, the patient agreed to write his own version of his life, which is included in the book. The second part of the book, on psychoanalysis and the life cycle, includes renowned chapters on ageing. The author looks at the ageing psychoanalyst as well as the characteristics of analysis with older patients. The third part discusses the theories underlying the author's practice and puts forward her views on such concepts as alienation, transference, and the importance of time in psychoanalytic work with patients.
Table of Contents
Foreword -- Time Present and Time Past -- Introduction to Pearl King and her work -- A Psychoanalyst at Work—Clinical Issues -- Change: the psychoanalysis of a four-year-old boy and its follow-up -- Experiences of success and failure as essential to the process of development -- The curative factors in psychoanalysis -- The therapist–patient relationship -- On a patient’s unconscious need to have “bad parents” -- The affective response of the analyst to the patient’s communications -- Psychoanalysis and the Life Cycle -- Sexuality and the narcissistic character -- “For age is opportunity no less than youth itself” -- The life cycle as indicated by the nature of the transference in the psychoanalysis of the middle-aged and elderly -- On becoming an ageing psychoanalyst -- “In age I bud again”—achievements and hazards in the analysis of older patients -- Understanding the Psychoanalytic Process -- Alienation and the individual -- Time and a sense of identity -- The timing of interpretations of transference and interpersonal relations in psychoanalytic therapy -- The supervision of students in psychoanalytic training who have previously been trained as psychotherapists -- On being a psychoanalyst: integrity and vulnerability in psychoanalytic organizations -- Questions to ask (myself) about a patient’s material