First published in 1952, W. R. D. Fairbairn's "Psychoanalytic Studies of the Personality" re-orientated psychoanalysis by centering human development on the infant's innate need for relationships, describing the process of splitting and the internal dynamic relationship between ego and object. His elegant theory is still a vital framework of psychoanalytic theory and practice, infant research, group relations and family therapy.
This classic collection of papers, available for the first time in paperback, has an introduction by David Scharff and Ellinor Fairbairn Birtles which sets Fairbairn's highly original work in context, provides an overview of object relations theory and traces modern developments, launched by Fairbairn's discoveries.
Contents: Preface by Ernest Jones. Introduction. Part I. An Oject Relations Theory of Personality. Part II. Clinical Papers. Part III. Miscellaneous Papers. List of Works. Index.