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Love, Guilt and Reparation: And Other Works 1921-1945

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This book shows the growth of Melanie Klein's work and ideas between 1921 and 1945, and traces her theories on childhood development, criminality and childhood psychosis, symbol formation, and the early development of conscience.

Melanie Reizes Klein (30 March 1882 – 22 September 1960) was an Austrian-born British psychoanalyst who devised novel therapeutic techniques for
Paperback, 480 pages
Published February 1st 2002 by Free Press (first published 1975)
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Paul Johnston
Aug 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Lots of good stuff here - particularly enjoyed the title essay.
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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One doesn’t know how well Anna Freud writes until one compares her with other psychoanalysts.

This book seems intimidating at first because of the swamping terminologies and my compulsory need to keep track of them. Not sure this is the best way of enjoying it, since later on I said to myself “Oh screw that primary narcissism and secondary narcissism and whatever diagnosis, let’s focus on how the psyche actually works!” And instantly it became very readable.

On a side note, I think I need to
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Davvero una bellissima lettura che spinge ad una riflessione personale sulle relazioni che siano tra se stessi , con gli altri e in amore. Da leggere almeno una volta nella vita
May 09, 2015 rated it liked it
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I can see why psychoanalytic theory turned into a bit of a joke after awhile. depressive position though, good to be aware of that. beginnings of good and bad internal objects.
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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These writings show the evolution of Klein's thought, in particular the origins of object relations theory, and how she was already breaking off from strict Freudian orthodoxy and developing her own individual views on the growth of a child's mind. Her theories on the love/hate relationship a child has with his parents really resonate with my own experiences. This book is well worth a read; I'm already eagerly anticipating a good reading of her 'Psychoanalysis of Children', which is next on my ...more
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Excelente libro para entender la complejidad del amor y odio.
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An Austrian-born British psychoanalyst who devised novel therapeutic techniques for children that had a significant impact on child psychology and contemporary psychoanalysis. She was a leading innovator in theorizing object relations theory.
“The repeated attempts that have been made to improve humanity - in particular to make it more peacable - have failed, because nobody has understood the full depth and vigour of the instincts of aggression innate in each individual. Such efforts do not seek to do more than encourage the positive, well-wishing impulses of the person while denying or suppressing his aggressive ones. And so they have been doomed to failure from the beginning. But psychoanalysis has different means at its disposal for a task of this kind. It cannot, it is true, altogether do away with man's aggressive instinct as such; but it can, by diminishing the anxiety which accentuates those instincts, break up the mutual reinforcement that is going on all the time between his hatred and his fear. When, in our analytic work, we are always seeing how the resolution of early infantile anxiety not only lessens and modifies the child's aggressive impulses, but leads to a more valuable employment and gratification of them from a social point of view; how the child shows an ever-grwing, deeply rooted desire to be loved and to love, and to be at peace with the world about it; and how much pleasure and benefit, and what a lessening of anxiety it derives from the fulfilment of this desire - when we see all this, we are ready to believe that what now would seem a Utopian state of things may well come true in those distant days when, as I hope, child-analysis will become as much a part of every person's upbringing as school-education is now. Then, perhaps, that hostile attitude, springing from fear and suspicion, which is latent more or less strongly in each human being, and which intensifies a hundredfold in him every impulse of destruction, will give way to kindlier and more trustful feelings towards his fellowmen, and people may inhabit the world together in greater peace and goodwill than they do now.” 4 likes
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