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An Introduction to Object Relations - Lavinia Gomez

An Introduction to Object Relations

Paperback Published: 1st January 1997
ISBN: 9781853433474
Number Of Pages: 245

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Object Relations places relationships at the centre of what it is to be human. Its premise is that the human being is essentially social and that our need for others is primary. Object Relations originated as the British-based development of classic Freudian theory. Its early proponents were Melanie Klein, Ronald Fairbairn, Donald Winnicott, Michael Balint, Harry Guntrip and John Bowlby. In this critical introduction to the subject, Lavinia Gomez presents the work of the main theorists chronologically, enabling the reader to gain a sense of how Object Relations develops and the ways in which the theorists build on, diverge from and oppose each other's ideas. An understanding of concepts emerges gradually as similar phenomena are examined though the eyes of each theorist. A brief biography brings to life the persons behind the theory, contributing to a deeper understanding and critical appreciation of their ideas. The second part of the book addresses the application of Object Relations in the practice of counselling and Psychotherapy; the issue of integrating different approaches; and the challenges of working across social and cultural groups and with borderline and psychotic people. A final chapter examines the foundations of Object Relations. Through written with students of psychotherapy and counselling in mind, this lively and perceptive book will interest anyone wishing to explore this fascinating field. Its strengths lie in its comprehensive coverage, its openness to different theoretical orientations and critical awareness of Object Relations as a culturally specific system of thought.

Introductionp. 1
Sigmund Freud: The Beginning of Psychoanalysisp. 9
Melanie Klein: Subject Relationsp. 29
Ronald Fairbairn: The Dynamic Structure of the Selfp. 54
Donald Winnicott: The Emerging Selfp. 80
Michael Balint: The Harmonious Interpenetrating Mix-Upp. 106
Harry Guntrip: The Schizoid Experiencep. 130
John Bowlby: Attachment Theoryp. 150
Object Relations in Practicep. 177
Working With Difference and Diversityp. 200
The Premises of Object Relationsp. 212
Bibliographyp. 227
Indexp. 238
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ISBN: 9781853433474
ISBN-10: 1853433470
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 245
Published: 1st January 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.0  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.37