This book is a distillation of papers presented at a three-day conference in February 2015, organized by the Donald Meltzer Development Fund and held at the Tavistock Clinic in London. The aim of the conference was to celebrate the work of Donald Meltzer, who was such a lively force in the training of child psychotherapists at the Tavistock for many years.
The book represents the work in progress which is the harvest of Meltzer's thinking and teaching, and covers such topics as dimensionality in primitive states of mind, dreaming, supervision, and the Claustrum.
"Overall, one of the most striking and moving aspects of the book is that the chapters, in their very different ways, come together to express what could be called something like 'the generation of meaning'. They are testament to the space for the “co-creation of imaginative conjectures” that one author describes, a process at the heart of what Bion thought of as the growth of the mind, the developing a mind of one’s own, so compelling and so enabling for these authors, as for their readers. For threading their way through this book are countless examples, some fleeting, some deep and extended, of intellectual and psychic 'growth', in the true sense of the word.
As we see here, the way in which Meltzer taught, and the actual content, were inseparable: we hear of his wit and humour, his often surprising turns of mind and phrase, his surpassing originality and, as the authors here collectively attest, to the presence of something as elusive as 'clinical intuition', learned not through trying to define the indefinable but through the nature of the insights found here in the case material described."
- Margot Waddell, from the Series Editors’ Preface
Table of Contents:
Series Editors’ Preface
About the Editors and Contributors
Introduction—Margaret Cohen & Alberto Hahn
1) Doing things differently: an appreciation of Donald Meltzer’s contribution—Margaret Rustin
2) The relevance of Donald Meltzer’s concept of nipple-penis confusion to selective mutism and the capacity to produce language—Maria Rhode
3) Point–line–surface–space: on Donald Meltzer’s concept of one- and two-dimensional mental functioning in autistic states—Suzanne Maiello
4) Autism reconsidered Donald Meltzer’s concept of dimensionality in clinical work with autistic patients—Suzanne Maiello
Does the meta-psychological concept of dimensionality refer to a geometrical or a topological model?—Didier Houzel
A response—Jeffrey L. Eaton
5) Dimensionality, identity, and security: finding a home through psychoanalysis—Louise Allnutt
6) The isolated adolescent—Carlos Tabbia
7) Supervision as a space for the co-creation of imaginative conjectures—Clara Nemas
8) Keeping tension close to the limit: from latency towards development—Monica Vorchheimer
9) Donald Meltzer’s supervision of psychotherapy with a psychotic child—Jeanne Magagna
10) The second life of dreaming—Jeffrey L. Eaton
11) On having ideas: the aesthetic object and O—Meg Harris Williams
12) Degrees of entrapment: living and dying in the claustrum—Pamela B. Sorensen
13) Trapped in a claustrum world: the proleptic imagination and James Joyce’s “Ulysses”—Mary Fisher-Adams
Gaudete: a response to Mary Fisher-Adams—David Mayers
14) A mind of one’s own: therapy with a patient contending with excessive intrusive identification and claustrum phenomena—Tara Harrison
15) Battered women lose their minds—Cecilia Muñoz Vila & Nubia Torres Calderón
Concluding thoughts on the nature of psychoanalytic activity—Alberto Hahn
About the Editors:
Maggie Cohen is a child and adult psychotherapist in private practice in London. She worked in the Department of Psychological Medicine at Great Ormond Street and then in the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit and Paediatric Oncology at The Whittington Hospital, London. She has written about prematurity among other subjects and has taught at The Tavistock Clinic, The Anna Freud Clinic and in Italy.
Alberto Hahn is a member of the British Psychoanalytic Society and works in a private practice in London. He also teaches psychoanalysis at the Tavistock Clinic, and lectures abroad. He is the translator into English of the Introduction to the Works of Bion and the editor of Sincerity and Other Works: Collected Papers of Donald Meltzer. He has written a number of clinical and theoretical papers, among them 'Observation and Intuition in the Psychoanalytic Situation', 'On Complaining', 'The Nature of the ""Object"" in the Claustrum', and 'Ways of Thinking about Adolescent Psychopathology'.