Adolescence: Talks and Papers by Donald Meltzer and Martha Harris

Author(s) : Donald Meltzer, Author(s) : Martha Harris, Editor : Meg Harris Williams

Adolescence: Talks and Papers by Donald Meltzer and Martha Harris

Book Details

  • Publisher : Harris Meltzer Trust
  • Published : 2011
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 252
  • Category :
    Child and Adolescent Studies
  • Catalogue No : 31877
  • ISBN 13 : 9781780490113
  • ISBN 10 : 1780490119

Reviews and Endorsements

'This collection of the thought and work of Donald Meltzer and Martha Harris on adolescence is a potent witness to the devotion and enthusiasm with which they pursued their love of the psychoanalytic method and its sympathetic use at this most volatile age. The writing sparkles with wit and vigour and it is a great pleasure to hear again two voices which together express profound scholarship and virtuosic intuition.'
- Kenneth Sanders, Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society; author, Post-Kleinian Analysis

'The distinct, yet also conjoined, charisma of Martha Harris and Donald Meltzer sings through these pages. When these papers, lectures and exchanges were written, adolescent life was very different from the contemporary picture. Yet the underlying truths about the nature of human development remain. The pages are vividly evocative of the 'condition' of being adolescent. We encounter here the wisdom and essence of the personal and clinical experience that so impressively underpins current practice.'
- Margot Waddell, Psychoanalyst and consultant child psychotherapist

'Meltzer referred to this stage of life as the 'great combine harvester of adolescence'. In essence: all have to go through it; some find it hard to emerge from it. Theory and clinical material bring alive the political and ethical states of mind of adolescents as they re-evaluate their child knowledge and understanding. The tension builds through the book, leading from imaginative descriptions of ordinary pubertal states of mind to the destructiveness of perversity. The case discussions in the book provide a master class on technique and clinical understanding.'
- Ellie Roberts, Consultant child psychotherapist

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