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Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

1st Edition

By Hanna Segal

Edited by Nicola Abel-Hirsch


304 pages

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What is the role of psychoanalysis in today's world?

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow presents a selection of papers written by Hanna Segal. The collection introduces the reader to a wide spectrum of insights into psychoanalysis, ranging from current thoughts on the nature of dreaming to new ideas about vision and disillusionment. Her long interest in factors affecting war is pursued in her examination of the psychotic factors, symbolic significance and psychological impact of the events of September the 11th, and the ensuing war on Iraq.

The second half of the book discusses Segal's presentations to conferences and symposia from 1969-2000, this material is split into six sections:

  • Models of the mind and mental processes
  • Psychoanalytic technique
  • Segal on Klein
  • Segal on Bion
  • Envy and narcissism
  • Interviews.

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow is a masterly contribution to the field. Segal's clarity of thought and striking clinical illustrations make the book accessible to those new to the field as well as those acquainted with her seminal work.


"I found this a fascinating and rewarding book to read, with a breadth, as well as depth, of content that is unusual in a psychoanalytic book, reflecting Hanna Segal's commitment to a search for truth, which is not confined to psychic reality but encompasses social and political reality and conflict. I recommend it highly." - Golshad Ghiaci, Reflections Magazine, Summer, 2008

Table of Contents

Schafer, Foreword. Abel-Hirsch, General Introduction. Part I: Papers from 2000-2006. Introduction to Part I. Interpretation of Dreams – 100 Years On. Disillusionment: The Story of Adam and Eve and that of Lucifer. September 11. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. Vision. Reflections on Truth, Tradition, and the Psychoanalytic Tradition of Truth. Part II: Contributions to Symposia, Conferences and Other Occasional Writings. Introduction to Part II. Models of the Mind and Mental Processes. Psychic Structure and Psychic Change – Changing Models of the Mind (1997). The Mind as Conflict and Compromise Formation: Comments on Charles Brenner’s Paper (1992). Acting on Phantasy and Acting on Desire (1992). Symbolic Equation and Symbols (1996). What is an Object? The Role of Perception (1990). Projective Identification: Comments on Ruth Riesenberg Malcolm’s Paper (1995). The End of Psychoanalysis? (1996). Psychoanalytic Technique. Model of Mental Functioning and Psychoanalytic Process (1992). What is Therapeutic and Counter Therapeutic in Psychoanalysis? (1987) ‘The Corrective Emotional Experience’: Comments on the Technique of Franz Alexander (1990). The Role of Child Analysis in the General Psychoanalytic Training (1972). Segal on Klein. The Melanie Klein Plaque in Pitlochry (1987). Klein (1996). Review of Kristeva’s Le Genie Feminin Tome 11 – Melanie Klein (2000). Segal on Bion. The Significance of Psychic Pain in the Mental Equilibrium (1976). Bion’s Clinical Contributions 1950-1965 (1980). Bion’s Alpha Function and Alpha Elements (1996). Introduction to Bion (1998). Envy and Narcissism. Envy and Jealousy (1969). Narcissism: Comments on Ronald Britton’s Paper (2000). Interviews. Hanna Segal Interviewed by Jacqueline Rose (1990). Hanna Segal Interviewed by Dorrit Harazim (1998).

About the Author/Editor

Hanna Segal is an internationally renowned psychoanalyst. She has served as President of the British Psychoanalytical Society, Vice President of the International Psychoanalytical Association and Freud Professor of Psychoanalysis at the University of London. Her earlier publications include The Work of Hanna Segal and Psychoanalysis, Literature and War.

Nicola Abel-Hirsch is a psychoanalyst with the British Psychoanalytical Society and works in private practice in London. She teaches in the UK and Taiwan and her publications include a work on the life instinct, Eros.

Roy Schafer is a psychoanalyst in New York City. He has also served as Freud Professor of Psychoanalysis at the University of London, and as Vice president of the International Psychoanalytical Association. His many publications include the Contemporary Kleinians of London.

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 / Movements / Psychoanalysis
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health