A watershed in the articulation of the relational psychoanalytic paradigm, this volume offers a rich overview of issues currently being addressed by clinicians and theoreticians writing from a variety of complementary relational viewpoints. Chapter topics cover the roots of the relational orientation in early psychoanalytic thinking, the impact of relational consideration on developmental theory, relational conceptions of "self" and "other," and clinical applications of relational perspectives.
"Read Klein's paper on paranoid-schizoid phenomena, Winnicott's elaboration of early mental life, Kohut's account of the self struggling for unity, or even Lacan's critique of traditional ego psychology, and you find glimmerings of Fairbairnian ideas at key junctures. With the emergence of each new generations of analysts, Fairbairn receives wider recognition and greater acclaim not only for his discovery of the repressed object, but increasingly for his psychology of the split ego; this latter notion has resurfaced as perhaps the central character in contemporary accounts of the unconscious landscape. For any reader seeking to conprehend Fairbairn's contribution fully, to gain insight into their significance and structure, this thoughtfully edited volume will be invaluable. The contributors draw out hiterto unexamined and underappreciated aspects of Fairbairn's work."
- Charles Spezzano, Ph.D., Training and Supervising Analyst, Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California
"Fairbairn, Then and Now is an exciting, panoramic exposition and appreciation of Fairbairn's work and ideas. It charts his nodal position in the unfolding developmental history of psychoanalysis, including the ever-widening ramifications of his work for all the contemporaneous relational currents that mark the present-day paradigmatic shift in American psychoanalysis. Several contributors offer impresive modifications and extensions of Fairbairnian thinking, while exploring its similarities to, and divergences from, the theorizing of such major British contemporaries as Melanie Klein, Wilfred Bion, and D. W. Winnicott. And most important, this volume is an impressive expression of, and addition to, the current reassertion of Fairbairn's status, long neglected as a (and perhaps the) seminal innovator of the object-relational (and self) paradigm that has so altered the American psychoanalytic landscape of the past two decades."
- Robert S. Wallerstein, M.D., Former President, International Psychoanalytic Association and American Psychoanalytic Association