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Fairbairn and Relational Theory - Frederico Pereira

Fairbairn and Relational Theory

Paperback Published: 5th September 2002
ISBN: 9781855752733
Number Of Pages: 290

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The richness of Fairbairn's work is demonstrated in a series of essays offering a unique exploration of the application of his concepts to diverse areas ranging from philosophy to psychopathology. This volume opens with an examination of the origins and relevance of Fairbairn's ideas and subsequently turns to the application of his theory to the study of depression, hysteria, and to the field of liason psychiatry. Fairbairn's ideas are further applied to the study of dreams and aesthetics in two original essays. The book concludes with a delineation of the future of his contribution to contemporary theories of object relations and to the emergence of a new psychoanalytic paradigm.

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'Fairbairn occupies a unique place among psychoanalytic theorists. [The] striking combination of metapsychological detail and humanistic leanings in Fairbairn's work forms the starting point of Pereira and Scharff's book. With contributions from a highly distinguished international group of psychoanalysts, they offer us not only a sophisticated exposition of Fairbairn's views but also a meaningful elaboration of it.'- Salman Akhtar, Professor of Psychiatry, Jefferson Medical School'The late Steven Mitchell wrote in the last chapter of this book, "the ultimate yield of good analytic work is less a particular understanding, the correct interpretation, than the emergence of a self-reflective form of experience...in which willing perpetually shapes...psychic processes into the complex, often surprising, lives we lead". To read this book can give such an emergence of self-reflective form of experience.'- Imre Szecsody, Associate Professor, University of Stockholm and Training and Supervising Analyst, Psychoanalyst.

About the Editors and Contributors
Introductionp. 1
The origins and relevance of Fairbairn's contribution
A contemporary exploration of the contributions of W. R. D. Fairbairnp. 11
Freud and Fairbairn: continuities and discontinuitiesp. 28
Why is Fairbairn relevant today - a modernist/postmodernist viewp. 36
Fairbairn's theory applied
The problem of melancholia in the work of Fairbairnp. 55
Metapsychology of hysteria: from Freud to Fairbairn and beyondp. 73
Fairbairn's philosophic and pragmatic appealp. 94
Dreams and aesthetics
Fairbairn, dreaming, and the aesthetic experiencep. 111
Artistic process, dream process, and psychoanalytic process: Fairbairnian linksp. 126
The future of Fairbairn's contribution
Endopsychic structures, psychic retreats, and "fantasying": the pathological "third area" of the psychep. 145
Towards a theory of the self: Fairbairn and beyondp. 183
Fairbairn and the self as an organized system: chaos theory as a new paradigmp. 197
Fairbairn and the problem of agencyp. 212
Referencesp. 231
Indexp. 251
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ISBN: 9781855752733
ISBN-10: 1855752735
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 290
Published: 5th September 2002
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.46