By Julia Segal
Compliment for First version: `The ebook is particularly intimate; the 1st bankruptcy on Klein's own lifestyles is intensely candid and enlightening. might be loved through pre-professional scholars and psychoanalytically orientated theoreticians and practitioners' - selection Melanie Klein was once definitely some of the most influential figures within the improvement of psychoanalysis. while consistently hard Freud's theories, and even as putting extra value on a number of the missed facets of his paintings, Klein built new psychoanalytic suggestions from her specified observations of the behaviour and concept strategies of the youngsters and adults she handled within the consulting room. during this moment variation of Melanie Klein, Julia Segal makes use of case reviews of Klein's periods with little ones to teach how she constructed her distinctive type of verbal exchange together with her consumers. in addition to assessing Klein's significant theoretical and useful contributions to the career, the writer examines and demanding situations the criticisms geared toward Klein, and strains her impression on counsellors and psychotherapists operating at the present time. not like current books, which require professional psychoanalytic wisdom, Julia Segal offers a concise and clean advent to Klein's existence and paintings that's available to all.
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She reduced her work load and took time to produce a final book, Narrative of a Child Analysis (Klein, 1975, vol. IV). This was a detailed day-by-day description of an analysis of a boy she called Richard, aged 10, which she had undertaken in Pitlochry in Scotland during the war. It was not ideal; she and Richard knew it was limited to four months; the town was small, they met and he heard about her more than she would have liked; and the room she used was not the best. However, she had taken careful notes and there were few enough sessions to make a manageable book.
She felt that Freud was too much interested in the scientific aspects of psychoanalysis and not sufficiently concerned for his patients. Talking about the number of sessions, she was adamant that five times a week was essential. If the patient could not afford it the analyst should reduce his or her fees. Pressed, she said that anything less would be psychotherapy and she could not do it. Here she was making a point to analysts who wanted to reduce the number of hours when she could see no good reason for it: in fact she herself had seen some patients during the war on an irregular basis, and she had seen Paula Heimann less than five times weekly towards the end of her analysis.
The only good mother in the story is a dead one: the live mother is not Cinderella’s beautiful mother at all but is ugly herself and has produced two ugly monsters: her husband is absent and preferred his previous wife (and Cinderella herself). The fairy godmother, like the coach and horses she creates, is good and has her own magic wand, but the price she pays is that she only exists for Cinderella and has no other life at all, certainly no sexual partner. At the end of the story Cinderella openly gets her revenge on her sisters and her mother either by punishing them or by being magnanimous and better than them: the story itself has satisfied, perhaps, an ordinary little girl’s desires for revenge on a sexual mother preferred by her father, with a life and daughters of her own.
Melanie Klein (Key Figures in Counselling and Psychotherapy series) by Julia Segal