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The Matrix of the Mind: Object Relations and the Psychoanalytic Dialogue (Maresfield Library) [Paperback]

Thomas H. Ogden

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1 Jan 1992 Maresfield Library
A comprehensive overview of object relations theory from a Kleinian perspective. It includes chapters on phantasy, the paranoid-schizoid and depressive positions, internal objects, and the work of Winnicott on potential space.

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'The Matrix of the Mind is a book both highly scholarly and long overdue. In it, Dr Thomas H. Ogden establishes himself as a major psychoanalytic theoretician. He generates new psychoanalytic understandings that can be used to remove the alienation within the field and enrich the thinking of not only North American analysts but those who have followed the British object relations theory as well, The Matrix of the Mind is one of the most important psychoanalytic books to appear in many years.'- L. Bryce Boyer, M.D.'All who are acquainted with Thomas Ogden's papers on psychoanalysis and with his authoritative book Projective Identification and Psychotherapeutic Technique have eagerly awaited the publication of The Matrix of the Mind. Ogden supplies an approach to Kleinian theory that is both eminently appreciative and incisively critical. He comprehensively and brilliantly surveys the development of the concept of internal objects and relationships. The chapters dealing with winnicott's theoretical and clinical contribution to the history of psychoanalytic thought are particularly profound and original. This eminently readable and thought provoking book will be read with interest not only by dedicated psychotherapeutic workers in varied fields, but also by all those who take an intelligent interest in the way human beings function psychologically.'- Joyce McDougall, D.Ed.'Thomas Ogden puts the contributions of Klein, Bion and the British object relations school into a new and refreshing perspective. His approach is unique, innovative, and far-reaching. This book is a brilliant tour-de-force in refining and clarifying the present and continuing importance of object relations theory for psychoanalytic thinking and practice.'- James S. Grotstein, M.D.

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Thomas H. Ogden is an internationally acclaimed psychoanalytic thinker who has published eleven books of essays on the theory and practice of psychoanalysis as well as literary readings of Frost, Borges, Kafka, and others. His work has been translated into nineteen languages. He lives in San Francisco, California, where he practices psychoanalysis and teaches both psychoanalysis and creative writing.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Thomas Ogden 29 May 2006
By Kess - Published on
Thomas Ogden performs scanning of development of British Object Relations School of Psychoanalysis. He starts with Freud basis and deepens the discussion while talking about phantasies and inner structures as defined by Klein.Another deep discussion of contribution of Winnicot. For each theoretician Ogden offers fresh look and review of concepts ,after that he deepens and enriches each of them by looking back and drawing the discussion into depths of true psychoanalysis.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent overview and extension of object relations theories 30 April 2012
By Elizabeth Renee Blue - Published on
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While the book necessarily reviews fundamental concepts in object relations theory, it isn't a survey book. Ogden has an agenda. He sees what the theorists explicitly contributed but is more interested in the implicit contributions and consequent extensions of the main object relations theories. He provides a deeper understanding of key concepts, such as projective identification, and convincingly argues for the necessity of guiding patients through a developmental reparative experience. His extensions are mainly based on Winnicott's work, especially using his idea of 'potential space', 'illusion', and 'playing'. Its a fascinating book, deceptively simple, philosophically sound, and well written (easy to read). He communicates very clearly, and as good communicators do he makes his ideas sound simple yet they are not. Its one of the few books I've read recently that I feel definitely contributed favorably to my work and had immediate practical application.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and useful book 13 Mar 2014
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Excellent book!! Love his review of the Pshychoanalitic object theory, and most of all his new proposal about the analytic situation and the analyst role
5.0 out of 5 stars This is such a great book. So well written 27 July 2014
By Jolie C Nercessian - Published on
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This is such a great book. So well written. Ogden is amazing. If you are interested in object relations, winnicot's work or klein's work- get this book.
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