Clinical Lectures on Klein and Bion

Edited by Robin Anderson

Foreword by Hanna Segal

© 1991 – Routledge

160 pages

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About the Book

Clinical Lectures on Klein and Bion outlines the basic ideas in their thinking and shows in detail how these ideas can be used to tackle a clinical problem. The contributors correct some common misconceptions about Kleinian analysis, while demonstrating the continuity of their everyday work with seminal ideas of Klein and Bion.

Originally given as a series of lectures intended to acquaint the general public with recent developments in psychoanalytic thinking and practice, the papers in this book cover the most fundamental ideas put forward by Klein and Bion; child analysis, Klein's use of the concepts of unconscious phantasy, projective identification, the paranoid-schizoid and depressive positions, Bion's study of psychotic thinking, his ideas of the relation between container and contained, and the usefulness of the ideas of reversible perspective in understanding 'as if' personalities.

In particular, this book provides an eminently readable and authoritative introduction to some of the most original and controversial concepts ever put forward in psychoanalysis.


'Outstanding for its readability, clinical approach and teaching qualities.' - Tavistock Gazette

"This is a very worthwhile book that should prove useful to anyone interested in understanding Kleinian practice and theory. This book should also be of interest to American analysts who seek to understand the foundations - and parallel evolution - of concepts and issues which are currently being discussed under the rubric of a purported new "relational" paradigm for psychoanalysis." - Howard B. Levine, Psychoanal. Q., 62:651-653 (PAQ)

Table of Contents

Daniel, Child Analysis and the Concept of Unconscious Phantasy. Brenman Pick, The Emergence of Early Object Relations in the Psychoanalytic Setting. Britton, The Oedipus Situation and the Depressive Position. Steiner, The Equilibrium Between the Paranoid-Schizoid and the Depressive Positions. Bott Spillius, Clinical Experiences of Projective Identification. Feldman, Splitting and Projective Identification. O'Shaughnessy, Psychosis: Not Thinking in a Bizarre World. Britton, Keeping Things in Mind. Riesenberg Malcolm, As If: The Phenomenon of Not-Learning.

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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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis