Kleinian Theory: A Contemporary Perspective

Author(s) : Catalina Bronstein

Kleinian Theory: A Contemporary Perspective

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  • Publisher : Whurr Publishers
  • Published : January 2001
  • Cover : Paperback
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  • Catalogue No : 14647
  • ISBN 13 : 9781861562265
  • ISBN 10 : 1861562268
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This book aims to present an account of the main theoretical concepts in Kleinian theory as they have been postulated by Melanie Klein, together with newer developments and formulations inspired by her work.

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Melanie Klein's ideas were rooted in her early work with children and subsequently developed over many years of working with both children and adults. Even though she saw herself as following in Freud's footsteps, she was also an innovator who introduced a radical way of thinking about the internal world of the child, particularly the roles of anxiety, early defence mechanisms, unconscious fantasy and internalized objects. Her understanding of the early stages of mental development led to new formulations that extended the range of patients who could be psychoanalysed.

Melanie Klein's ideas had a profound impact on both British and international psychoanalysis as well as on other approaches to psychotherapy. Many of her followers have developed her theories into what is today a very rich, continually expanding school of thought. This book presents a clearr account of the main theoretical concepts in Kleinian theory as postulated by Melanie Klein, together with newer developments and formulations. It is intended for both clinicians and those from various academic fields who are interested in the ongoing development of psychoanalytic theory.

About the Author(s)

Catalina Bronstein MD is a visiting professor in the Psychoanalysis Unit at University College London. She is a fellow and training and supervising analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society. She trained as a child psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic and as an analyst at the British Psychoanalytical Society. She works as a child, adolescent and adult psychoanalyst in private practice and also at the Brent Adolescent Centre. She is on the Board of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and until recently she was the London Editor of IJP. She lectures in Britain and abroad, and has written numerous papers, chapters in books and monographs on a wide variety of topics. She edited Kleinian Theory: a Contemporary Perspective (London: Wiley, 2001) .

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