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An introduction to the psychoanalytic writings of Donald Meltzer on clinical work, the family, and philosophy of symbol formation. Each chapter is introduced by a different practitioner.
Meg Harris Williams
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Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Theory
About the Harris Meltzer Trust
An introduction to the psychoanalytic writings of Donald Meltzer on clinical work, the family, and philosophy of symbol formation. The book represents a sampling of most of Meltzer’s books and each chapter is introduced by a different practitioner. Some topics included are: psychoanalysis as a human activity, dream life as the generative theatre of meaning, the delusion of clarity of insight, dimensionality, aesthetic conflict, symbol formation, and the influence of Bion’s ideas.
About the contributors
Foreword by Meg Harris Williams
1. Psychoanalysis as a human activity
introduced by Kenneth Sanders
2. Dream Life: the generative theatre of meaning
introduced by Miriam Botbol
3.Temperature and distance
introduced by Neil Maizels
4. A psychoanalytical model of the child-in-thefamily-in-the-community
introduced by Martina Campart
5. Money-Kyrle’s concept of misconception
introduced by Lars Thorgaard and Jon Morgan Stokkeland
6. The delusion of clarity of insight
introduced by Tomas Plänkers
introduced by Irene Freeden
8. Dimensionality, adhesive identification, splitting
introduced by Renata Li Causi
9. The impact of Bion’s ideas
introduced by Meg Harris Williams
10. Aesthetic conflict
introduced by Lennart Ramberg
11. On Bion’s Grid—later thoughts
introduced by Robert Oelsner
12. Sign, symbol and allegory
introduced by Grete Tangen Andersen, Morten Andersen, Trond Holm, Jon Morgan Stokkeland, Lilian Stokkeland, Eirik Tjessem
13. Some personal statements
On his analysis with Melanie Klein; Invention and discovery; The thinking breast; Religion and psychoanalysis; The principles of child psychotherapy training; The nature of supervision; Countertransference and “showing it”; Observation and counterdreaming; Good luck
Meltzer’s books and concepts
Donald Meltzer (1923–2004) was born in New York and studied medicine at Yale. After practising as a psychiatrist specialising in children and families, he moved to England to have analysis with Melanie Klein in the 1950s, and for some years was a training analyst with the British Society. He worked with both adults and children, and was innovative in the treatment of autistic children; in the treatment of children he worked closely with Esther Bick and Martha Harris whom he later married. He taught child psychiatry and psychoanalytic history at the Tavistock Clinic. He also took a special scholarly interest in art and aesthetics, based on a lifelong love of art. Meltzer taught widely and regularly in many countries, in Europe, Scandinavia, and North and South America, and his books have been published in many languages and continue to be increasingly influential in the teaching of psychoanalysis.
His first book, The Psychoanalytical Process, was published by Heinemann in 1967 and was received with some suspicion (like all his books) by the psychoanalytic establishment. Subsequent books were published by Clunie Press for the Roland Harris Educational Trust which he set up together with Martha Harris (now the Harris Meltzer Trust). The Psychoanalytical Process was followed by Sexual States of Mind in 1973, Explorations in Autism in 1975; The Kleinian Development in 1978 (his lectures on Freud, Klein and Bion given to students at the Tavistock); Dream Life in 1984; The Apprehension of Beauty in 1988 (with Meg Harris Williams); and The Claustrum in 1992.
Meg Harris Williams, a writer and artist, studied English at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford and art at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, and has had a lifelong psychoanalytic education, working closely with Donald Meltzer. She has written and lectured extensively in the UK and abroad on psychoanalysis and literature. She is a visiting lecturer for AGIP and at the Tavistock Centre in London, and an Honorary Member of the Psychoanalytic Center of California. She is married with four children and lives in Farnham, Surrey.
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