Melanie Klein Today, Volume 1: Mainly Theory
Developments in Theory and Practice
Edited by Elizabeth Bott Spillius
Routledge – 1988 – 368 pages
Melanie Klein Today, Volume 1 is the first of two volumes of collected essays devoted to developments in psychoanalysis based on the work of Melanie Klein.
The papers are arranged into four groups: the analysis of psychotic patients, projective identification, on thinking, and pathalogical organisation.
"Elizabeth Spillius cannot be too warmly congratulated. Readers who are not very familiar with recent Kleinian work will find the papers she has selected extremely informative and in virtually every case impressive. The outstanding editorial work is manifested, first in the well-judged choice of papers, secondly and above all in the superb commentaries … Elizabeth Spillius is a splendid exponent of her school and the two volumes she has so excellently edited must be thoroughly recommended." - William Gillerpies, The International Journal of Psychoanalysis
"An excellent text that identifies all the salient aspects of Kleinian Theory. Well written concise yet comprehensive. Simplifies complex concepts. Excellent student purchase." - Alf Thompson, Counselling, Salford FE College
Acknowledgements. Bott Spillius, General Introduction. Part One: The Analysis of Psychotic Patients. Introduction. Notes on the Psychoanalysis of the Superego Conflict of an Acute Schizophrenic Patient. Depression in the Schizophrenic. Differentiation of the Psychotic from the Non-psychotic Personalities. Part Two: Projective Identification. Introduction. Attacks on Linking. The Relation of Anal Masturbation to Projective Identification. Contribution to the Psychopathology of Psychotic States: The Importance of Projective Identification in the Ego Structure and the Object Relations of the Psychotic Patient. Projective Identification - Some Clinical Aspects. Part Three: On Thinking. Introduction. Notes on Symbol Formation. A Theory of Thinking. The Experience of the Skin in Early Object-relations. Part Four: Pathological Organizations. Introduction. Schizoid Phenomena in the Borderline. Terror, Persecution, Dread - A Dissection of Paranoid Anxieties. A Clinical Approach to the Psychoanalyttic Theory of the Life and Death Instincts: An Investigation into the Aggressive Aspects of Narcissism. Cruelty and Narrowmindedness. Narcissistic Organization, Projective Identification, and the Formation of the Identificate. A Clinical Study of a Defensive Organization. Addiction to Near-death. The Interplay between Pathological Organizations and the Paranoid-schozoid and Depressive Positions. References to General Introduction and Other Introductory Material. Name Index. Subject Index.