Primary Love and Psychoanalytic Technique

Author: Michael Balint
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0429917511
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One of the eternal problems of mankind is that of love and hate. Why and how does it happen that we love this one of our fellow-men, feel safe in his affection, expect satisfactions of our needs from him and are attracted to him, while we hate and avoid other? Ever since the publication of Freud's first works one of the main objects of psycho-analytic research has been the study of these powerful currents of the human mind. The author contributed several important papers on this subject, and Primary Love and Psychoanalytic Technique is a collection of his material from 1930 to 1952. The first half of this volume is a collection of all his papers on this topic. The first, "Psycho-Sexual Parallels to the Fundamental Law of Biogenetics", is an attempt to trace the development of the erotic instincts from their earliest biological beginnings in unicellular organisms to their highest manifestations in human beings. Other papers deal with the problems of "Genital Love". "Transference of Emotions", of "Love and Hate" and so on.

Michael Balint

Author: Andrew Elder
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134760728
Format: PDF
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Whilst Michael Balint's applied work is widely known, many of his theoretical contributions have been incorporated into everyday analysis without due recognition of their source. In this account of his thinking, Harold Stewart evaluates the extent of Balint's contribution to psychoanalysis and firmly re-establishes his place within the development of Object Relations theory. The first section examines Balint's theories of human psychological development, defining such concepts as primary love, ocnophilia and philobatia, the basic fault and the three areas of the mind. The author places Balint's understanding of the analyst's influence and technique in the context of his relationship with Sandor Ferenczi, his analyst and mentor. The second section of this work looks at how the "Balint Group" has contributed to the assessment and understanding of emotional problems in various areas, including general practice, marital work and psychosexual medicine. A charismatic teacher, Balint's method of work with General Practitioners has become an established worldwide institution. Features of this work, including the use of countertransference and the affective response of the doctor are vividly described here by two General Practitioners, Andrew Elder and Robert Gosling. Michael Balint: Object Relations, Pure and Applied brings alive Balint's teaching and practice and demonstrates the relevance of his theories to many of the problematic issues in current analytic practice.

The Prenatal Theme in Psychotherapy

Author: Philippe Ployé
Publisher: Karnac Books
ISBN: 9781855753648
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This book is an attempt to examine whether patients in analysis or therapy can sometimes be said to form a kind of transference that not only operates at a prenatal level but can also lend itself to interpretation just like any other postnatal level of transference.Philippe Ploye considers whether the prenatal condition, usually conceived from a psychological point of view as one of objectless, pre-ambivalent fusion with the mother, would be capable of being relived and reenacted later in the form of a object-directed, aggressive, as well as libidinal, "foetal" form of relatedness to the therapist.The author looks at how this information might be best used in clinical practice, and the difficulty of communicating these "findings" to patients in a way that helps them by meaning something to them. He also looks at the question of whether the countertransference, too, can sometimes be seen to operate at pre/or perinatal level. There are also chapters on the possible role of the placenta in ego development and placenta symbolism, and a review of some of the literature concerning the pretnatal stage.

Infantile Sexuality and Attachment

Author: Daniel Widlocher
Publisher: Karnac Books
ISBN: 1780496354
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Freud wrote in 1905 that children's sexual life, although dominated by the erogenous zones, also has components in which, from the beginning, other people appear as sexual objects. These people - the child's relatives, caretakers and mother in particular - are also objects of vital attachment. How can we differentiate between these two forms of connections that are so easily confused with one another?This controversy is as old as psychoanalysis, but recent challenging developments in attachment theory have made it impossible to maintain the traditional arguments. Commenting on a paper by Daniel Widlocher on the "eternal debate" between those who see asexual attachment as the earliest bond and those who see infantile sexuality as primary, eight major contributors to psychoanalytic child studies set forth the current state of thinking in both camps.Contributors: Jacques Andre, Eduardo Colombo, Pierre Fedida, Peter Fonagy, Jean Laplanche, Dominique Scarfone, Claire Squires, Daniel Widlocher

What Do Psychoanalysts Want

Author: Anna Ursula Dreher
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134780265
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Defining the aims of psychoanalysis was not initially a serious complex problem. However, when Freud began to think of the aim as being one of scientific research, and added the different formulations of aim (for example, that the aim was to make the patient's unconscious conscious) it became an area of tension which affected the subsequent development of psychoanalysis and the resolution of which has profound implications for the future of psychoanalysis. In What Do Psychoanalysts Want? the authors look at the way psychoanalysts have defined analysis both here and in America, from Freud down to the present day. From this basis they set out a theory about aims which is extremely relevant to clinical practice today, discussing the issues from the point of view of the conscious and unconscious processes in the psychoanalyst's mind. Besides presenting a concise history of psychoanalysis, its conflicts and developments, which will be of interest to a wide audience of those interested in analysis, this book makes important points for the clinician interested in researching his or her practice.

From Classical to Contemporary Psychoanalysis

Author: Morris N. Eagle
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1135252238
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The landscape of psychoanalysis has changed, at times dramatically, in the hundred or so years since Freud first began to think and write about it. Freudian theory and concepts have risen, fallen, evolved, mutated, and otherwise reworked themselves in the hands and minds of analysts the world over, leaving us with a theoretically pluralistic (yet threateningly multifarious) diffusion of psychoanalytic viewpoints. To help make sense of it all, Morris Eagle sets out to critically reevaluate fundamental psychoanalytic concepts of theory and practice in a topical manner. Beginning at the beginning, he reintroduces Freud's ideas in chapters on the mind, object relations, psychopathology, and treatment; he then approaches the same topics in terms of more contemporary psychoanalytic schools. In each chapter, however, there is an underlying emphasis on identification and integration of converging themes, which is reemphasized in the final chapter. Relevant empirical research findings are used throughout, thus basic concepts - such as repression - are reexamined in the light of more contemporary developments.

Introducing Psychoanalysis

Author: Susan Budd
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135445702
Format: PDF, ePub
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Introducing Psychoanalysis brings together leading analysts to explain what psychoanalysis is and how it has developed, setting its ideas in their appropriate social and intellectual context. Based on lectures given at the British Psychoanalytic Society, the contributions capture the diversity of opinion among analysts to provide a clear and dynamic presentation of concepts such as: sexual perversions trauma and the possibility of recovery phantasy and reality interpreting and transference two views of the Oedipus complex projective identification the paranoid-schizoid and depressive positions symbolism and dreams. Frequently misunderstood subjects are demystified and the contributors' wealth of clinical and supervisory experience ensures that central concepts are explained with refreshing clarity. Clinical examples are included throughout and provide a valuable insight into the application of psychoanalytic ideas. This overview of the wide variety of psychoanalytic ideas that are current in Britain today will appeal to all those training and practicing in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy, as well as those wishing to broaden their knowledge of this field.

Abstinenz Neutralit t und Transparenz in psychoanalytisch orientierten Therapien

Author: Karl König
Publisher: Klett-Cotta
ISBN: 3608104380
Format: PDF
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Abstinenz, Neutralität und Transparenz: Diese drei zentralen Themen haben die psychoanalytische Diskussion seit ihren Anfängen begleitet und sind vor dem Hintergrund der Intersubjektivitätsdiskussion von neuer Aktualität. Freud, in der Tradition der Aufklärung, wollte die Wahrheit für den Patienten; Wahrheit im Sinne wissenschaftlicher Erkenntnis sollte heilen. Das konnte nur gelingen, wenn störende Einflußfaktoren, sogenannte »Dreckeffekte«, unter Kontrolle gebracht wurden. So entstand die Forderung nach Abstinenz, die in der Ich-Psychologie auf die Spitze getrieben wurde: Der Psychoanalytiker hatte sich als neutraler Wissenschaftler zu verhalten, subjektive Einflüsse seien auszuschließen. Die Neutralität sollte verhindern, daß der Patient in seinen Übertragungsmöglichkeiten eingeschränkt wird; der Therapeut sollte vielmehr als »Kleiderständer der Übertragung« für alle Übertragungen offen sein. Heutzutage beginnt sich eine indikationsbezogene Differenzierung dieser Konzepte durchzusetzen. Der Autor stellt dar, wie beispielsweise das Konzept der Abstinenz für verschiedene Triebwünsche ganz unterschiedlich gehandhabt wird und wie der Analytiker mit der Transparenz arbeiten kann: im Sinne dosierter Mitteilungen des Therapeuten über sein Erleben, seine Ansichten und seine Handlungsimpulse.

Attachment and Dynamic Practice

Author: Jerrold R. Brandell
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231508557
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Contemporary attachment theory both enriches our understanding of human development and informs clinical practice. Examining the relational bonds between young children and their caregivers, it traces its origins to several scientific and social fields, most notably psychoanalysis, social work, behaviorism, ethology, evolutionary theory, and biology. The first portion of this book examines attachment theory and its relationship to other psychodynamic theories of development and then discusses the landmark contributions of John Bowlby, the "father" of modern attachment theory. The section concludes with a detailed summary of research on attachment, highlighting the work of Mary Ainsworth, Mary Main, Allan Sroufe, and Peter Fonagy. The second portion focuses on clinical applications with children, adolescents, and adults. Brief vignettes and lengthier case illustrations consider a verity of attachment disorders and treatment approaches, paying special attention to clinical method and technique, process dimensions, and transference and countertransference phenomena. Cases are set in a range of treatment venues, such as college and family counseling service, community mental health centers, and private practice, and involve an ethnoculturally and clinically diverse clientele.