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John Bowlby: His Early Life – A Biographical Journey into the Roots of Attachment Theory

: Van Dijken, Suzan

Covering John Bowlby’s life and work, this text highlights the events that are linked to the creation of Attachment theory. It provides information about topics that Bowlby was reluctant to discuss in detail, whether in public or private, and yet are clearly connected to Bowlby’s later life and theoretical pursuits. The book covers Bowlby’s family of origin, his upbringing, schooling and later education. His work with Cyril Burt is included along with his introduction to psychoanalysis and his involvement in some major events in psychoanalysis, namely the controversial discussions between Anna Freud and Melanie Klein. In an insightful treatment of the early years of John Bowlby’s life and work, Suzan van Dijken sheds light on a number of events that are very much linked to the eventual creation of Attachment Theory but have not been known about or published to date. In addition, she provides much new information about topics that Bowlby was quite reluctant to discuss in detail, whether in public or in private, and yet are clearly connected to his later life and theoretical pursuits.This biographical portrait covers in great depth Bowlby’s family of origin, his upbringing, schooling and later education, his little-known work with Cyril Burt, his introduction to psychoanalysis, and his involvement in some of the major events in that world, including the Controversial Discussions between Anna Freud and Melanie Klein. Read more…

Before I was I: Psychoanalysis and the Imagination

: Balint, Enid

How do we become truly alive?  This is the question at the heart of Before I was I.  This collection of papers, written over a period of some forty years, is grouped into three sections, showing her work with individual patients, doctors, and marital therapists.  Not many have contributed so fruitfully to such different areas of psychoanalytic activity – throughout the book we see Balint working as an analyst, and her identity as such is essential to her work. Deeply felt but rigorously conceptualised, Before I was I is compelling reading for all who are concerned with the problems and struggles of work in the fields of human relations. Enid Balint was a training analyst and leading figure of the British Psycho-Analytical Society and a member of the International Psycho-Analytical Association.  Internationally known for her work on the doctor-patient relationship, she was an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners.  She also founded the Institute of Marital Studies in London. Read more…

Sigmund Freud and the Jewish Mystical Tradition

: Bakan, David

David Bakan challenges the commonly held view of Freud that he was a patently secular, rationally and scientifically-orientated intellectual, educated in modern culture and with only a modicum of formal Jewish education. He argues that Freud was influenced in his major and revolutionary life work by a mystical tradition that he seemed to know little about, and which, as a mysticism, would be antithetical to science. Read more…

Midwifery of the Soul: Holistic Perspective on Psychoanalysis

: Arden, M

This text examines how, early in her career, Margaret Arden became fascinated by the problem of the gap between theory and practice. As a result she believed the only thing she could rely upon when reflecting on her work was her sense of the truth of what was going on in the consulting room. This text considers Margaret Arden’s belief that there is such a thing as psychic truth, a concept which can be found in all religions as well as psychoanalysis. Read more…

The Psychoanalytic Mystic

: Eigen, Michael

Advocating a call to the return to the spiritual in psychoanalysis, Michael Eigen illustrates his writing with the work of Bion, Milner and Winnicott. He expands on his call to celebrate and explore the meaning of mystical experience within psychoanalysis and considers how both patient and analyst to be immersed in each other. In the text he explores how this immersion restores and enriches, and drains. Read more…

Life Narcissism Death Narcissism

: Green, Andre

This English translation of Narcissisme de Vie Narcissisme de Mort covers Andre Green’s attempt to link the theory of narcissism to Freud’s final theory of the drives. While narcissism is generally only considered in terms of its positive aspects in which it is linked to the life drives, Green shows that it is necessary to postulate the existence of a death-giving narcissism, which he calls negative narcissism. Read more…

Wilfred Bion: Life & Works

: Bleandonu, Gerard

Gerard Bleandonu takes us through Bion’s personal and intellectual explorations and gives clear expositions of his key concepts, including work groups and basic assumption groups; psychotic processes; the grid; epistemology; catastrophic change; abandonment of memory and desire; the mystic; ultimate truth. Finally, he guides the reader through the Memoir of the Future and the final writings, including the posthumous Cogitations. Read more…

Plea for a Measure of Abnormality

: McDougall, Joyce

This is Joyce McDougall’s most comprehensive clinical and theoretical book. Its title conveys her tolerant stance toward human differences and forms of deviance. It is among the wisest and best-loved psychoanalytic works ever written. Read more…

Jungian Thought in the Modern World

: Elphis, Christopher Solomon, Hester

This is an introduction by Christopher Elphis and Hester Solomon to the thought of Carl Gustav Jung, describing how ideas of Jungian depth psychology impact on and relate to the major scientific and cultural issues and trends of the 20th century and beyond. It explores issues such as the origins of the self, family and gender, social conflict, racism, international strife, the new scientific thinking, the sources of the renewed interest in religion, ethics and artistic creativity. Jung’s life and work were concerned with two major themes, which are still relevant at the beginning of the millennium: the discovery and mapping of the unconscious, an internal source of creativity or destruction for each individual; and those outbreaks of dreadful violence and expressions of awesome creativity which can erupt from within the collective unconscious of humans as a group. Read more…

Universals of Psychoanalysis in the Treatment of Psychotic and Borderline States

: Rey, Henri Magagna, Jeanne

This collection of papers offers a strikingly original synthesis of Kleinian and Piagetian ideas. All who work with psychotic or borderline patients will have much to learn from Dr Henri Rey’s imaginative grasp of both the primitive and more developed mental processes at work in the disorders and their treatment. This book will enable a wider public to become acquainted with some of the most original and creative ideas to be found in the interface between psychoanalysis, psychiatry and other disciplines. Read more…