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Intro to Work Melanie Klein Hardcover – 1 Mar 1964

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books (1 Mar. 1964)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465035817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465035816
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,857,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a reprint of a revised and enlarged edition of the most lucid and comprehensive study of Melanie Klein's writings. Dr Segal has added important new chapters on Melanie Klein's early work and on technique, as well as a complete chronological list of her publications. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Hanna Segal was born in Poland in August 1918 and studied medicine in Warsaw and Paris before qualifying at the Polish Medical School in Edinburgh in 1943. She became a psychoanalyst four years later, having trained under Melanie Klein, with Paula Heimann and Joan Riviere as her first supervisors. Dr Segal then qualified in child analysis and afterwards became a training analyst in the British Psychoanalytical Society in 1951-52. She also served as President of the British Society and Vice-President of the International Psychoanalytical Association. She was a fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatry, and was also Visiting Professor of the Freud Memorial Chair, University College, London. Her publications include 'Klein' (1979), 'The Work of Hanna Segal' (1981), 'Introduction to the Work of Melanie Klein' (1988) and 'Dream, Phantasy and Art' (1990). --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angel on 20 May 2015
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Clarifying Klein 3 Dec. 2007
By Chris Michael - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Klein's own writing is not the hardest style to read and comprehend in terms of the words themselves (unlike, for example, Bion, her student). However, she has a very stark and literalist feel to her that can be dismaying and can put you off your supper, so to speak. At first I could not really take Klein in very easily, except to recognize that she (along with some others) was responsible for a lot of modern developents in psychoanalysis once her ideas were elaborated by others. That said, this plainly worded summary of the basic points of Klein's theorizing is excellent and really helped cement my understanding. For example, the clarification of the term 'instinct' alone was worth the price of admission. This aided me in getting over my puzzlement and revulsion at the concept of a so-called 'death instinct,' although further reading of other authors really has made the 'life' and 'death' instincts merely useful labels at this point. (Segal clarifies that the word 'instinct' is essentially a mistranslation or difficulty in translation, so that 'instinct' does not really imply a completely hard-wired behsvior as in animals, but merely a strong behavioral tendency. 'Tendency' and 'instinct' overlap, but are quite different). At any rate, this is a wonderful introduction to Klein by one of her own students.
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Fantastic book... 28 Mar. 2014
By PsyRC - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a very nice condensation of the main points highlighted in Klein's oeuvre. Segal has made a writer whose concepts can appear to many as opaque and experience-distant into something more readily digestible; Segal also supplements this material with her own case descriptions. In all honesty, the Kleinian approach can be difficult to warm up to, and object-relations theorists have been able to take a number of tremendously important principles that Klein highlighted and turn them into something which can be used in a language that may be more immediately accessible to patients. Thus, the theoretical points Segal discusses are much more "palatable" if you will than her case examples. I think the concepts of paranoid-schizoid and depressive positions have a great degree of salience, not only in clinical settings, but it life as well. It is something you see consistently in terms of the splitting and projective identification phenomena. I like to equate the PS position to Hollywood films, with the clear split between good and evil, and the desperate attempts to subvert the viewer's opinion to root for one and disdain the other - as Zizek stated, cinema teaches us "how" to desire. In contrast, the depressive position highlights perhaps a more bleak and European cinematic depiction, where life is a pretty melancholy experiment overall, no villains or heroes are identified, things just "happen," and no judgment need be passed. The shades of gray come out, omnipotence is abandoned, and the split becomes a distant concept. I think Klein was a pioneer for her viewpoints, and despite child development studies casting something of a questioning shadow on some of her claims with regards to the chronology of certain events and the mental processes present in infants, this seems like a moot point given the amazing applicability and insight of her views, irrespective of what neurobiology may point to now. I think it is the dialog between the past and future of psychic exploration that will give us a more holistic appreciation of life.
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Melanie Klein 4 Aug. 2013
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Interesting, but not a light read by any means. Lots of information so be prepared to retread some sections more than once.
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A Classic on a Classic 17 Dec. 2006
By Gregory T. Lombardo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a short volume that distills the thought of one of the great psychoanalytic innovators into a quickly accessible but sophisticated account--accessible to a student, valuable to an experienced clinician. Like brandy from champagne.

Gregory T. Lombardo, MD, PhD
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