Kleinians: Psychoanalysis Inside Out

Author(s) : Janet Sayers

Kleinians: Psychoanalysis Inside Out

Book Details

  • Publisher : Polity Press
  • Published : 2000
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 256
  • Category :
  • Catalogue No : 12501
  • ISBN 13 : 9780745621241
  • ISBN 10 : 0745621244

Reviews and Endorsements

'Kleinians is a compelling account of the extraordinary revolution in psychology pioneered by the psychoanalyst Melanie Klein and nine of her colleagues and followers, including Susan Isaacs, Joan Riviere, Wilfred Bion, Frances Tustin and Hanna Segal.

Drawing on her experience as a teacher, writer and therapist, Janet Sayers tells the story of this revolution through an account of the personal and public lives of its main architects, their families and patients. The result is a lively mixture of biography, psychoanalytic theory and individual case studies. The author begins with Klein's pioneering extension of Freud's theories to the analysis of very young children. This led to her claim that from birth onwards children internalize figures from their outer world, resulting in an interaction of inner and outer factors which then govern our psychology. Sayers shows how, sometimes with bitter controversy, this radical insight was variously developed, and is still being developed by Klein's followers, thereby enormously enhancing our understanding of the creative and destructive factors shaping our everyday lives.

'this is an astonishing compilation of biographical and professional details about Melanie Klein and nine of her followers. Many are of such recent history that these are uniquely valuable accounts. They give a clear picture of a remarkable group of psychoanalysts whose influence since the Second World War has been gaining ground steadily within the international psychoanalytic movement... The group is remarkable, and this book is a remarkable celebration of them.'
- Bob Hinshelwood, Professor of Psychoanalysis and author of Kleinian Thought and Melanie Klein for Beginners

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