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A groundbreaking revision of the psychoanalytic theory of sexuality and its centrality to mental life, distinguishing between adult and infantile states of mind, and between infantile polymorphous and infantile perverse sexuality.
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Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Theory
A groundbreaking revision of the psychoanalytic theory of sexuality and its centrality to mental life, distinguishing between adult and infantile states of mind, and between infantile polymorphous and infantile perverse sexuality. Meltzer traces the history of the psychoanalytical theory of psychosexual development and clinical sexual psychopathology from Freud through Abraham, Klein, and Bion. Next, he presents his revision of the theory of psychosexual development, with particular emphasis on the role of the super-ego-ideal, and then views several dimensions of differentiation. Finally, some exploration into the implications and applications of this revised theory to other areas, such as politics, education, abortion, art, and law.
Meg Harris Williams
PART I: HISTORY
SECTION A – THE THEORY OF PSYCHOSEXUAL DEVELOPMENT
1. The psychoanalytical method and its theories
2. Childhood sexuality and the Oedipus complex
3. Developmental phases and organisational series
4. From pain-and-fear to love-and-pain
SECTION B – ON FREUD’S THEORY OF SEXUAL PATHOLOGY
5. The clinical phenomenology of narcissism
6. Clinical approach to the perversions
PART II: STRUCTURAL REVISION OF SEXUAL THEORY
SECTION A – PSYCHOSEXUAL DEVELOPMENT
7. Identification and socialisation in adolescence
8. The emergence from adolescence
9. The introjective basis of polymorphous tendencies in adult sexuality
10. The genesis of the super-ego-ideal
SECTION B -CLINICAL SEXUAL PSYCHOPATHOLOGY
11. Adult polymorphous sexuality
12. Infantile polymorphous sexuality
13. Infantile perverse sexuality
14. Terror, persecution and dread
15. The origins of the fetishistic plaything of sexual perversion
16. On the distinction ambisexual: bisexual
17. Work, play and sublimation
18. Structural revision of the theory of perversions and addictions
19. Perversion of the transference
PART III: APPLICATIONS OF THEORY
21. ‘Permanent revolution’ of the generations
22. Pedagogic implications of structural psychosexual theory
23. The psychic reality of unborn children
24. The architectonics of pornography
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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