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Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

ISBN 9780415415743
Published August 20, 2007 by Routledge
304 Pages

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Book Description

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.

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).

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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.


"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