Sexual States of Mind

Author(s) : Donald Meltzer

Sexual States of Mind

Book Details

  • Publisher : Harris Meltzer Trust
  • Published : 2008
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 195
  • Category :
  • Catalogue No : 27193
  • ISBN 13 : 9781855756731
  • ISBN 10 : 1855756730

Reviews and Endorsements

'At the core of Sexual States of Mind is a powerful new insight that calls for a reassessment of our entire view of human nature. In this work Meltzer sees sexuality not as an appetite, but instead as an aspect of identity that structures the personality itself, manifest in childish, adult, or perverse states of mind.'
- Hugo Marques, Maria Elena Petrilli, Mauro Rossetti; Gruppo di Studio Racker di Venezia

'...a major contribution to psychoanalysis. I know of no other work that has brought the relevance of sexuality (pivotal in Freud's discoveries) to Kleinian analysis in such a clear and significant way, upholding its centrality in both normal development and in various forms of psychopathology. After reviewing the history of sexuality in psychoanalysis and its structural implications, Meltzer's masterpiece appears in the section on Clinical Sexual Psychopathology. The distinction between adult and infantile sexual states of mind, and between infantile polymorphous and infantile perverse sexuality, makes a unique contribution to the clinical practice of any analyst. The different primal scenes that accord with the different sexual states of mind, the classification of perversions and addictions, the outline of perversion of the transference, and much more, are gems that have changed my work ever since I included them in my toolbox.'
- Robert Oelsner, Psychoanalyst, FIPA, Seattle

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