The Psycho-Analytical Process

Author(s) : Donald Meltzer

The Psycho-Analytical Process

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  • Publisher : Harris Meltzer Trust
  • Published : 2008
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 128
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  • Catalogue No : 27194
  • ISBN 13 : 9781855756687
  • ISBN 10 : 1855756684
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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.

Reviews and Endorsements

'This book contains the seeds of all Meltzer's further thinking. 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. Once the analytic situation has been established, it is possible to sort out geographical and zonal confusions of the infant self in relation to internal objects, to work through depressive anxieties on the threshold of the depressive position and to integrate split off aspects of the self in the weaning process. The reprint of this book ensures it will continue to be a reference text in clinical, technical and psychopathology seminars, as well as a travel companion for those who practice psychoanalysis as a 'human activity'.'
- CLARA NEMAS, Psychoanalyst, Buenos Aires

' outstanding account of the different and complex phases of the psychoanalytical process. The author manages to ingeniously transmit his own long experience of analyses with children and adults with the same conviction as that of the artist when his work succeeds in fully reflecting the truthful essence of his vision.'
- LEON GRINBERG, Vice-president of the IPA (1968). (In the preface to the Spanish edition)

' amazing book: clear in its structure, very deep and complex in what it transmits. The formula on one level appears simple: gathering the transference, putting geographical and zonal confusions in order, negotiating the threshold of the depressive position and weaning, applicable to both children and adults and seen in the context of both the individual session and the psychoanalytical process as a whole. However, once immersed in the detail of this book, one discovers in it a truly never-ending source of rich, stimulating suggestions.'
- MIRIAM BOTBOL, Clinical psychologist, Grupo Psicoanalitico de Barcelona

'...a seminal masterpiece. The evolution of the transference-countertransference becomes the crux of the analytic method, and the whole of Meltzer's ensuing work is a further enrichment of this
fundamental concept.'

'It is clear without being dogmatic; a guide by the man who always encouraged us to think for ourselves.'
- KATHERINE ARNOLD, Child and adult psychotherapist, UK

'In this keen and lively work Meltzer describes what he liked to call the 'natural history' of the analytical process, described in a language as close as possible to the concreteness of the internal world of the child. I now see this first book as the kicking-off point for his historic discovery of the 'aesthetic conflict' as formulated twenty years later in his impassioned work The Apprehension of Beauty.'
- JEAN BEGOIN, Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Paris

About the Author(s)

Donald Meltzer (1923-2004) is widely known as a psychoanalyst and teacher throughout Europe and South America. He is the author of many works on psychoanalytic theory and practice, including The Psychoanalytical Process, Sexual States of Mind, Explorations in Autism, The Kleinian Development, Dream Life, Studies in Extended Metapsychology, and The Claustrum, all published by the Harris Meltzer Trust.

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