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4.0 out of 5 stars rich and rewarding - if challenging read
I don't know if I would recommend this as a first ever introduction to Klein. It works well if you have read something else about Klein, or a more basic introduction to her ideas (such as Gomez's 'Introduction to Object Relations'). It is a dense book to read, and needs re-reading in places. Although I have not read it from cover to cover I think I have quoted it in every...
Published on 2 Feb. 2011 by Lucinda Stern

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The book arrived promptly, and was in good condition. I don't find it easy to read- which is nothing to do with the seller!- and tackle it every so often.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars rich and rewarding - if challenging read, 2 Feb. 2011
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Lucinda Stern (Bristol, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Envy And Gratitude And Other Works 1946-1963 (Contemporary Classics) (Paperback)
I don't know if I would recommend this as a first ever introduction to Klein. It works well if you have read something else about Klein, or a more basic introduction to her ideas (such as Gomez's 'Introduction to Object Relations'). It is a dense book to read, and needs re-reading in places. Although I have not read it from cover to cover I think I have quoted it in every essay I have written on counselling or psycho-analysis. Klein, rather appropriately seems to split people - those (like me), who love her work, take it in and apply it to life, and those who really hate it. The ideas cane seem quite odd in places, and I think you have to absorb them slowly. It has helped make sense of life for me and frequently helps me understand my clients.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Klein - Envy and Gratitude, 6 Jun. 2010
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This review is from: Envy And Gratitude And Other Works 1946-1963 (Contemporary Classics) (Paperback)
An excellent collection of works, culminating in Klein's theory of primal envy.
A 'must have' for all trainee counsellors, it certainly takes us on a unique journey
through infant development!
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3.0 out of 5 stars klein, 13 Mar. 2014
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The book arrived promptly, and was in good condition. I don't find it easy to read- which is nothing to do with the seller!- and tackle it every so often.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Melanie Klein, 18 Oct. 2014
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There may have been a time when Klein's theories on the origins of psychiatric illness were plausible. In the light of modern neuroscientific research on brain structure and function I see no relevance to her ideas. I cannot believe that infants below six months of age are capable of the reasoning that she attributes to them. I believe that deficiency of prefrontal cortical control over lower emotional centres in the brain can explain all the problems that she describes. I wonder if she realised that most mammals including humans show reflex rooting behaviour for the nipple (this is to elicit milk secretion) and this could be construed as aggressive behaviour.
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