Psychic Equilibrium and Psychic Change: Selected Papers

Author(s) : Betty Joseph, Editor : Elizabeth Bott Spillius, Editor : Michael Feldman

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Psychic Equilibrium and Psychic Change: Selected Papers

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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : January 1989
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 757
  • ISBN 13 : 9780415041171
  • ISBN 10 : 0415041171

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A collection of Betty Joseph's most important papers, exploring projective identification, transference, countertransference, unconscious phantasy, and Kleinian views on envy and the death instinct.

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This collection of Betty Joseph's most important papers examines the development of her thought and shows how her theory and practice is concerned with the detailed, sensitive scrutiny of the therapeutic process itself. Fundamental and controversial topics explored and discussed include projective identification, transference and countertransference, unconscious phantasy, and Kleinian views on envy and the death instinct.

About the Author(s)

Betty Joseph was born in Birmingham in 1917. She came to London in 1950 to train at the British Institute of Psychoanalysis, subsequently going into full-time psychoanalytic work with both adult and child patients. She became a Training and Supervising analyst and Distinguished Fellow and was actively involved in the training activities of the Institute.

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Elizabeth Bott Spillius, whose original background was in anthropology, is a training analyst at the British Institute of Psychoanalysis and a Distinguished Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society.

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Michael Feldman studied psychology and medicine, and worked for many years in the Psychotherapy Unit at the Maudsley in London. He is now a training analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society and lectures and supervises clinical work in several centres in Europe and the USA. He has published numerous psychoanalytical papers, and has co-edited, with Elizabeth Spillius, Psychic Equilibrium and Psychic Change: Selected Papers of Betty Joseph

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Beatrice Daccardi, Ph.D on 15/05/2012 22:14:27

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Betty Joseph demonstrates how she deals with the moment to moment here and now of the analytic session as translated into transference and countertransference issues. Her focus is on how the existing defensive structure tries to protect and maintain itself even as the desire for psychic change persists . She writes with great sensitivity and clarity.

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