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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (9 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415592593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415592598
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 366,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This wonderful new book by Elizabeth Bott Spillius, Jane Milton, Penelope Garvey, Cyril Couve, and Deborah Steiner provides us with a detailed exploration of Kleinian ideas. The book emerges from a framework that emphasizes the systematic refinement of basic concepts, the tie to Freud’s writings, and the adoption and subsequent elaboration of these ideas by other psychoanalytic schools. The New Dictionary of Kleinian Thought is an exemplar of clear thinking and impeccable research that offers the reader — whether a newcomer to the Kleinian model, or someone well schooled in this tradition — not only mere definitions of terminology, but also (and perhaps more important) a comprehensive appreciation of the impressive reach and depth of this line of thinking. ... This is a wonderful resource for those interested in a truly comprehensive explanation of Kleinian ideas, including their incubation, subsequent enhancement, and impact on the psychoanalytic world. The book deserves a special place on the shelves of analysts of all persuasions." - Lawrence J. Brown, The Psychoanalytic Quarterly

About the Author

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.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By 5 Below on 20 Feb 2013
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I bought this to aid my essay writing for the M7 and wish I had bought it at the beginning of the course. It is a dictionary of psychoanalytic terms and it lists related papers that further contextualise that term ie 'symbol formation' has the reference to Freud and Breuer 'studies in hysteria'. It also summarises each term and discusses how each psychoanalytic thinker has made sense of it. very useful resource
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Groundbreaking book 22 Nov 2014
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This is a groundbreaking book. Finally a comprehensible overview of the Kleinian theory with detailed scholarly definitions of terminology and description of the historical development of the theory and terminology. I recommend it to anyone that like Kleinian theory as well as to everyone that finds it confusing. Kudos to the authors for extraordinary good work with clarifying a theory that is so complex. This is a must have for every serious psychotherapist!
A must-have resource for reading Kleinian literature 12 Dec 2013
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This is a very valuable resource book when reading the Kleinian literature. I refer to it regularly and use it when teaching psychoanalytic students.
An indispensable companion to Klein's ground-breaking psychoanalytic work 15 Oct 2013
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An excellently written text, suitable for the people who want to learn more about the influential work of Melanie Klein, one of the most brilliant and influential thinkers of psychoanalysis. Highly recommended.
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