- introduces the distinctive psychoanalytic basic principles of both Melanie Klein and Donald Winnicott;
- compares and contrasts the way in which their concepts evolved; and
- shows how their different approaches contribute to distinctive psychoanalytic paradigms.
The aim is twofold – to introduce and to prompt research.
It consists of five parts, each with two chapters, and one by each author that describes the views of Klein and of Winnicott on five chosen issues: basic principles, early psychic development, the role of the external object, the psychoanalytic concept of psychic pain, and conclusions on divergences and convergences. Each of the five parts concludes with a dialogue between the authors on the topic of the chapter.
This book is an essential read for those new to psychoanalytic ideas— offering an introduction to both of these schools of British Object Relations psychoanalysis— and for experienced psychoanalysts who wish to develop an understanding of how the conceptualizations of these two schools might be compared and contrasted.
About the Authors:
Jan Abram is a training and supervising analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society. She worked for the Squiggle Foundation between 1989 and 2000 and was its director between 1996 and 2000. She is author of The Language of Winnicott (1st edition 1996, awarded Outstanding Academic Book of the Year in 1997; 2nd edition 2007). She is the editor of Donald Winnicott Today (New Library of Psychoanalysis, 2013). Currently she is Chair of the Scientific Committee for the British Psychoanalytical Society; Visiting Lecturer for the Tavistock Clinic; Honorary Senior Lecturer, University College London; and Honorary Professor at the University of Essex. In 2016 she will be Visiting Professor at the University of Kyoto, Japan.
R.D. Hinshelwood is a member of the British Psychoanalytical Society, and currently holds the post of Professor of Psychoanalysis at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and previously was Clinical Director of the Cassel Hospital in Richmond. He is a past Chair of the Association of Therapeutic Communities. Professor Hinshelwood has written extensively on psychoanalysis and founded the International Journal of Therapeutic Communities (now Therapeutic Communities) in 1980 and the British Journal of Psychotherapy in 1984.