Melanie Klein: The Basics

Author(s) : R.D. Hinshelwood, Author(s) : Tomasz Fortuna

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Melanie Klein: The Basics

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Melanie Klein: The Basics provides an accessible and concise introduction to the life and work of Melanie Klein, whose discoveries advanced those of Freud and other analysts, deepening our insight into the unconscious domain of psychology in human beings. Klein began her work by developing a method of psychoanalysis for children, who suffer from anxiety and other, often unrecognised, conflicts, which enabled understanding of those crucial early steps in the development of human mind and identity. Although she initiated one strand of clinical and theoretical developments, many of her discoveries are well regarded by other schools of psychoanalysis.

The book contains four parts, as well as further reading suggestions and a helpful glossary of key terms. Part one introduces Melanie Klein in the context of her life, her early interest in psychoanalysis and her first discoveries; part two takes up the development of her technique of child analysis and discusses the ways in which her insights and conclusions in this area influenced the technique of adult analysis and more general understanding of the human mind; part three focuses on further scientific and clinical developments in psychoanalytic technique - especially those referring to the understanding and treatment of serious emotional disturbance, e.g. psychosis or affective disorders; part four focuses on contemporary developments in Kleinian and post-Kleinian psychoanalysis, considering clinical, cultural, and socio-political applications.

Each chapter poses a basic question at the outset, provides an account of how Klein faced this question and worked with it to develop her ideas, and ends by posing a follow up question to be addressed in the subsequent chapter. This book will greatly appeal to readers from any field seeking a clear and concise introduction to Melanie Klein. It will also interest researchers and professionals working within the field of psychoanalysis seeking a succinct overview of Melanie Klein's contribution.

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R.D. Hinshelwood is a member of the British Psychoanalytical Society, and currently holds the post of Professor of Psychoanalysis at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and previously was Clinical Director of the Cassel Hospital in Richmond. He is a past Chair of the Association of Therapeutic Communities. Professor Hinshelwood has written extensively on psychoanalysis and founded the International Journal of Therapeutic Communities (now Therapeutic Communities) in 1980 and the British Journal of Psychotherapy in 1984.

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Dr Tomasz Fortuna trained as a psychoanalyst at the Institute of Psychoanalysis in London. He is a member of the British Psychoanalytical Society and Hanna Segal Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies. He had worked as a psychiatrist in the NHS for sixteen years and, currently, he works at the Portman Clinic and is in private psychoanalytic practice. At the Portman Clinic he conducts individual forensic psychotherapy as well as group work and assessments. He offers consultations and reflective practice to prison staff.

He is a Visiting Professor at the psychiatry department of the Universiti Putra Malaysia.

He teaches and supervises in the UK and abroad (including Poland, Russia, China, Malaysia, Singapore and South Korea). His professional interests include the relationship between psychoanalysis and the arts, understanding of severe emotional disturbance and criminal behaviour. He is interested in current developments in Bion’s thought and is a member of the Bion in Marrakech seminar.

Dr Fortuna is a Course Lead for the ‘Foundations in psychodynamic approaches to risk and complexity’, a one-year course offered at the Portman Clinic (Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust). In addition, he teaches courses at the Tavistock Clinic and the Institute of Psychoanalysis.

He co-authored a book Melanie Klein: The Basics and was a guest-editor of Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication.

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