This book aims to deconstruct the different theoretical perspectives of psychoanalysis, and reconstruct these concepts in a language that is readily understood. Wherever possible this is meant not to do away with terms that are meaningful, but to attempt to clarify terms and concepts. The book comes in three sections. The first examines Freud's different theories and describes how Freud shifted his emphasis over time. The second section covers all the major post-Freudian theorists: Hartmann and Anna Freud (together in one chapter), Melanie Klein, Fairbairn, Winnicott, Sullivan, Mahler, Kohut, Kernberg, and Bion; and a chapter on the movement from classical theory to contemporary conflict theory. The last section deals with issues raised in contemporary psychoanalysis - issues as they pertain to the clinical situation, and the rationale for a theory of endogenous stimulation.
Series Editor’s Preface -- Preface -- Freud Chapters -- Freud’s heroic era: the first ten years -- The psychoanalytic era begins: dream theory–psycho-sexuality -- Freud’s object relations era: the metapsychological papers -- The structural model -- Major Post-Freudian Theorists -- The new ego psychology: Anna Freud and Heinz Hartmann -- The Kleinian revolution -- The controversial discussions -- Klein’s “Envy and gratitude” -- Fairbairn: a new object relations voice -- Winnicott: in search of the real -- Sullivan: interpersonal psychoanalysis, relational beginnings -- Mahler: symbiosis and separation–individuation -- Kohut: a new self-psychological perspective -- Kernberg: integrating object relations and ego psychology -- Bion, Klein, and Freud -- From ego psychology to contemporary conflict theory: a historical overview -- Contemporary Issues in Psychoanalysis -- Structural theory, relational critiques, and integrative attempts -- A tentative developmental model -- Epilogue