Since Freud's first mention of object relations in his seminal paper Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality, analysts have been arguing about its role in the psychological development and mental life of individuals. Essential Papers on Object Relations gathers together the critical papers by major figures in the field. Reflecting the changes and conflicts over the past hundred years, the volume includes the work of key scholars as they attempt to define, delineate, and describe object relations theory. It includes work by: Sigmund Freud, Melanie Klein, Arnold H. Modell, W. R. D. Fairbairn, Jacob A. Arlow, Annie Reich, John Bowlby, Margaret S. Mahler, Harry Guntrip, D. W. Winnicott, Joseph Sandler and Anne-Marie Sandler, Otto Kernberg, T. F. Main, Edith Jacobson, and Hans W. Loewald.
The book, which includes explanatory introductions to each part, is an invaluable resource for those seeking a thorough examination of object relations theory and the classical and contemporary work of major analytic thinkers. y.
"A provocative study of a controversial topic. . . . Saks' analyses are always clear and incisive, comprehensible even when their premises and reasoning are unfamiliar and their conclusions surprising." -"Psychiatric Services",