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The Legacy of Fairbairn and Sutherland

The Legacy of Fairbairn and Sutherland

Psychotherapeutic Applications

  • Author: Jill Savege Scharff,David E. Scharff
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1135449414
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 312
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The Legacy of Fairbairn and Sutherland provides the first comprehensive review of W.R.D. Fairbairn and John Sutherland's theories on psycho-social development. It reviews Fairbairn and Sutherland's ideas, traces the philosophical roots of their thinking, explores their legacy, and demonstrates their relevance to contemporary practice. International contributors set these psychoanalytic theories in their philosophical and cultural context. They discuss the growing acceptance of Fairbairn and Sutherland's work in Europe and the Americas. They discuss the theories' impact on current thinking in subjects such as sexuality, hysteria, autonomy and repression. They re-examine the theories in the light of current clinical experience, illuminate them with reference to contemporary psychoanalytic theories and illustrate them with examples from work with children, adults, groups and families. This book presents an original fusion of the ideas of two of the most noteworthy figures in recent psychoanalysis. It will prove fascinating reading for all practicing and training psychotherapists and psychoanalysts.

Fairbairn's Object Relations Theory in the Clinical Setting

Fairbairn's Object Relations Theory in the Clinical Setting

  • Author: David P. Celani
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN: 0231149077
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 225
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W. R. D. Fairbairn (1889-1964) challenged the dominance of Freud's drive theory with a psychoanalytic theory based on the internalization of human relationships. Fairbairn assumed that the unconscious develops in childhood and contains dissociated memories of parental neglect, insensitivity, and outright abuse that are impossible the children to tolerate consciously. In Fairbairn's model, these dissociated memories protect developing children from recognizing how badly they are being treated and allow them to remain attached even to physically abusive parents. Attachment is paramount in Fairbairn's model, as he recognized that children are absolutely and unconditionally dependent on their parents. Kidnapped children who remain attached to their abusive captors despite opportunities to escape illustrate this intense dependency, even into adolescence. At the heart of Fairbairn's model is a structural theory that organizes actual relational events into three self-and-object pairs: one conscious pair (the central ego, which relates exclusively to the ideal object in the external world) and two mostly unconscious pairs (the child's antilibidinal ego, which relates exclusively to the rejecting parts of the object, and the child's libidinal ego, which relates exclusively to the exciting parts of the object). The two dissociated self-and-object pairs remain in the unconscious but can emerge and suddenly take over the individual's central ego. When they emerge, the "other" is misperceived as either an exciting or a rejecting object, thus turning these internal structures into a source of transferences and reenactments. Fairbairn's central defense mechanism, splitting, is the fast shift from central ego dominance to either the libidinal ego or the antilibidinal ego-a near perfect model of the borderline personality disorder. In this book, David Celani reviews Fairbairn's five foundational papers and outlines their application in the clinical setting. He discusses the four unconscious structures and offers the clinician concrete suggestions on how to recognize and respond to them effectively in the heat of the clinical interview. Incorporating decades of experience into his analysis, Celani emphasizes the internalization of the therapist as a new "good" object and devotes entire sections to the treatment of histrionic, obsessive, and borderline personality disorders.

Fairbairn and the Object Relations Tradition

Fairbairn and the Object Relations Tradition

  • Author: Graham S. Clarke
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 0429913532
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 544
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Ronald Fairbairn developed a thoroughgoing object relations theory that became a foundation for modern clinical thought. This volume is homage to the enduring power of his thinking, and of his importance now and for the future of relational thinking within the social and human sciences. The book gathers an international group of therapists, analysts, psychiatrists, social commentators, and historians, who contend that Fairbairn's work extends powerfully beyond the therapeutic. They suggest that social, cultural, and historical dimensions can all be illuminated by his work. Object relations as a strand within psychoanalysis began with Freud and passed through Ferenczi and Rank, Balint, Suttie, and Klein, to come of age in Fairbairn's papers of the early 1940s. That there is still life in this line of thinking is illustrated by the essays in this collection and by the modern relational turn in psychoanalytic theory, the development of attachment theory, and the increasing recognition that there is 'no such thing as an ego' without context, without relationships, without a social milieu.

The Primer of Object Relations

The Primer of Object Relations

  • Author: Jill Savege Scharff,David E. Scharff, M.D.
  • Publisher: Jason Aronson, Incorporated
  • ISBN: 1461662494
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 280
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This is the second edition of a comprehensive manual that has become a classic in the field. In clear, readable prose it describes object relations theory and its use in psychotherapy.

Couple Attachments

Couple Attachments

Theoretical and Clinical Studies

  • Author: Molly Ludlam
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 0429912358
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 290
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The couple relationship is at the centre of this book. The complex nature of the couple attachment is emphasized, drawing both on psychoanalytic concepts and on attachment theory. The chapters aim to integrate theory with practice and can be seen, both separately and together, as offering new insights into the intricate web of psychic fantasies, shared unconscious anxieties and external realities that shape the attachment between the couple. The book is divided into four sections. The first focuses on ways in which the couple identity is shaped, perceived and presented. It does this through looking at how images of the couple are formed by the couple itself, the therapist, the artist, the writer and society at large. The following section explores the impact of some of the developmental challenges that couples may encounter as part of family life, such as dealing with adolescent children, the childless older couple, and managing sibling relationships.

The Psychodynamic Image

The Psychodynamic Image

John D. Sutherland on Self in Society

  • Author: Jill Savege Scharff
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317724151
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 200
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The Psychodynamic Image is the first selection of John D. Sutherland’s major papers. It provides an overview of the development of his thought on self and society and reveals the extent of his contribution to the field of mental health. Jill Savege Scharff introduces Sutherland’s most important and influential essays. These reflect his range as a theoretician, moving easily from the intrapsychic to the interpersonal level, building bridges between points of view and integrating psychoanalytic and social theories. Sutherland’s work calls for changes at the individual level through understanding conflicts and unconscious processes as aspects of parts of the self in interaction. He inspires respect and understanding of the self and its drive toward autonomy. These papers push the boundaries of psychoanalytic thinking and succeed in demonstrating the relevance of psychoanalysis to the wider society. They will be of great interest to psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, counsellors and social workers.

Fairbairn, Then and Now

Fairbairn, Then and Now

  • Author: Neil J. Skolnick,David E. Scharff
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 9780881632620
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 287
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W. R. D. Fairbairn was both a precursor and an architect of revolutionary change in psychoanalysis. Through a handful of tightly reasoned papers written in the 1940s and 1950s, Fairbairn emerged as an incisive, albeit relatively obscure, voice in the wilderness, at considerable remove from mainstream Freudian and Kleinian psychoanalysis. But in the 1970s Harry Guntrip made Fairbairn's thinking more accessible to a wide readership, and Fairbairn's object relations theory, with its innovative theoretical and clinical concepts, was at the center of the turn toward relational thinking that swept psychoanalysis in the 1980s and 1990s. Fairbairn, Then and Now is a landmark volume, because a thorough grasp of Fairbairn's contribution is crucial to any understanding of what is taking place within psychoanalysis today. And Fairbairn's work remains a treasure trove of rich insights into the problems and issues in theory and clinical practice with which analysts and therapists are struggling today. This is a particularly propitious time for renewed focus on Fairbairn's contribution. A wealth of previously unpublished material has recently emerged, and the implications of Fairbairn's ideas for current developments in trauma, dissociation, infant research, self theory, field theory, and couple and family therapy are becoming increasingly clear. The conference that stimulated the contributions to this volume by internationally eminent Fairbairn clinicians and scholars was a historically important event, and Fairbairn, Then and Now makes the intellectual ferment generated by this event available to all interested readers.

The Edinburgh Companion to Contemporary Scottish Literature

The Edinburgh Companion to Contemporary Scottish Literature

  • Author: Berthold Schoene-Harwood,Professor Berthold Schoene
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780748623969
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 424
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This title examines the ways in which the cultural and political role of Scottish writing has changed since the country's successful referendum on national self-rule in 1997.

Ricoeur as Another

Ricoeur as Another

The Ethics of Subjectivity

  • Author: Richard A. Cohen,James L. Marsh
  • Publisher: SUNY Press
  • ISBN: 9780791451892
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 239
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Leading scholars address Paul Ricoeur's last major work, Oneself as Another.

The Mind Object

The Mind Object

Precocity and Pathology of Self-sufficiency

  • Author: Edward G. Corrigan,Pearl-Ellen Gordon
  • Publisher: Jason Aronson Incorporated
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 245
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Winnicott was the first to describe how very early in life an individual can, in response to environmental failure, turn away from the body and its needs and establish "mental functioning as a thing in itself." Winnicott's elusive term, the mind-psyche, describes a subtle, yet fundamentally violent, split in which the mind negates the role of the body, its feelings and functions, as the source of creative living. This book extends Winnicott's ideas to introduce the concept of the mind object, a term that signifies the central dissociation of the mind from the body. When the mind takes on a life of its own, it becomes an object — separate, as it were, from the self. And because it is an object that originates as a substitute for maternal care, it becomes an object of intense attachment, turned to for security, solace, and gratification. Having achieved the status of an independent object, the mind also can turn on the self, attacking, demeaning, and persecuting the individual. Once this object relationship is established, it organizes the self, providing an aura of omnipotence. However, this precocious, schizoid solution is an illusion, vulnerable to breakdown and its associated anxieties. The Mind Object explores the dangers of knowing too muchthe lure of the intellect — for the patient as well as for the therapist. The authors illuminate the complex pathological consequences that result from precocious solutions.