How has Hanna Segal influenced psychoanalysis today?
Jean-Michel Quinodoz provides the reader with a comprehensive overview of Segal's life, her clinical and theoretical work, and her contribution to psychoanalysis over the past sixty years by combining actual biographical and conceptual interviews with Hanna Segal herself or with colleagues who have listened to Segal in various contexts.
Listening to Hanna Segal explores both Segal's personal and professional histories, and the interaction between the two. The book opens with an auto-biographical account of Segal's life, from her birth in Poland to her analysis with Melanie Klein in London where she became the youngest member of the British Psychoanalytical Society. Quinodoz goes on to explain Segal's contributions in various fields of psychoanalysis including:
* The psychoanalytic treatment of psychotic patients
* The introduction of the "Symbolic Equation"
* Aesthetics and the creative impulse
* The analysis of elderly patients
* Introducing the work of Melanie Klein
Quinodoz concludes by examining Segal's most recent contribution to psychoanalysis - exploring nuclear terror, psychotic anxieties, and group phenomena.
Throughout the interviews Segal speaks of her close relationships with prominent colleagues such as Klein, Rosenfeld, and Bion, making this book both a valuable contribution to the history of psychoanalysis, and an indication on the evolution of psychoanalytic ideas over the past six decades. This clear summary of Hanna Segal's life and her contribution to psychoanalysis will be an essential guide to anyone studying Segal and her contemporaries.
Introduction, Hanna Segal: The Teacher and Her Teaching. Acknowledgements. Hanna Segal: A Psychoanalytic Autobiography. Psychoanalysis and the Aesthetic Experience. The Psychoanalytic Treatment of Psychotic Patients. From Symbolic Equation to Symbolic Representation. The Fundamental Conflict between the Life and Death Drives. Presenting the Kleinian Approach to Psychoanalysis. Interpreting the Function of Dreams along with their Content. The Analysis of Elderly Patients. Seminars and Supervisions. Nuclear Terror, Psychotic Anxieties and Group Phenomena
About the Author:
Jean-Michel Quinodoz is a Psychoanalyst in private practice in Geneva. He is a member of the Swiss Psychoanalytical Society and Honorary Member of the British Psychoanalytical Society. Jean-Michel Quinodoz is author of The Taming of Solitude, Dreams That Turn Over a Page and Reading Freud.