The New Dictionary of Kleinian Thought provides a comprehensive and wholly accessible exposition of Kleinian ideas. Offering a thorough update of R.D. Hinshelwood's highly acclaimed original, this book draws on the many developments in the field of Kleinian theory and practice since its publication.
The book first addresses twelve major themes of Kleinian psychoanalytic thinking in scholarly essays organised both historically and thematically. Themes discussed include:
unconscious phantasy, child analysis
the paranoid schizoid and depressive positions, the oedipus complex
projective identification, symbol formation.
Following this, entries are listed alphabetically, allowing the reader to find out about a particular theme - from Karl Abraham to Whole Object - and to delve as lightly or as deeply as needed. As such this book will be essential reading for psychoanalysts, psychotherapists as well as all those with an interest in Kleinian thought.
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. Jane Milton is a Fellow and training analyst at the Institute of Psychoanalysis. She worked as a consultant psychiatrist at the Tavistock Clinic before becoming a full time psychoanalytic practitioner. Penelope Garvey is a Fellow and training analyst at the Institute of Psychoanalysis who works both in private psychoanalytic practice and as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist in Plymouth NHS. Cyril Couve is a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society and is in full time private practice as a psychoanalyst. He was formerly a senior psychologist at the Tavistock Clinic. Deborah Steiner is a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society. Qualified in both adult and child and adolescent psychoanalysis she has held senior NHS posts.
Preface. Acknowledgements. Main Entries. General Entries. Bibliography.