The New Dictionary of Kleinian Thought

1st Edition

Elizabeth Bott Spillius, Jane Milton, Penelope Garvey, Cyril Couve, Deborah Steiner

Routledge
Published March 9, 2011
Reference - 576 Pages
ISBN 9780415592598 - CAT# Y110681

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Summary

The New Dictionary of Kleinian Thought provides a comprehensive and wholly accessible exposition of Kleinian ideas. Offering a thorough update of R.D. Hinshelwood’s highly acclaimed original, this book draws on the many developments in the field of Kleinian theory and practice since its publication.

The book first addresses twelve major themes of Kleinian psychoanalytic thinking in scholarly essays organised both historically and thematically. Themes discussed include:

  • unconscious phantasy, child analysis
  • the paranoid schizoid and depressive positions, the oedipus complex
  • projective identification, symbol formation.

Following this, entries are listed alphabetically, allowing the reader to find out about a particular theme - from Karl Abraham to Whole Object - and to delve as lightly or as deeply as needed. As such this book will be essential reading for psychoanalysts, psychotherapists as well as all those with an interest in Kleinian thought.

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