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Sets forth an integrated concept of the ‘natural history’ of the psychoanalytical process, viewed in the light of experience gained in the child-analytical playroom, and applied to the more complicated phenomena of adult patients.
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Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Theory
This classic account sets forth an integrated concept of the ‘natural history’ of the psychoanalytical process, emerging in the light of experience gained in the child-analytical playroom, and applied to the more complicated phenomena of adult patients. The Kleinian concepts of projective identification and the internal world are expanded by the Meltzerian view of the ‘natural history’ of an analysis, progressing in a sequence of phases that follows the development of primitive object relations. The book sows the seeds of Meltzer’s future model of the mind, including the aesthetic quality of the process.
Meg Harris Williams
I – THE PHASES OF THE ANALYTIC PROCESS
1. The gathering of the transference
2. The sorting of geographical confusions
3. The sorting of zonal confusions
4. The threshold of the depressive position
5. The weaning process
II – THE ANALYST’S TASK AND FUNCTIONS
6. The process with adult patients
7. The cycle of the process in the individual sessions
8. The analytical work
9. Psychoanalysis as a human activity
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.
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