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Oedipus and the Couple : Tavistock Clinic Series - Francis Grier

Oedipus and the Couple

Tavistock Clinic Series

Paperback Published: 31st December 2004
ISBN: 9781855759220
Number Of Pages: 250

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The contributions in this latest title in the Tavistock Clinic Series are sufficiently diverse for each to stimulate reflections and responses from the reader in the particular area upon which the author has chosen to focus, whilst at the same time the authors share enough common ground. The contributors all base their theories on a contemporary Kleinian/object-relations psychoanalytic viewpoint and this helps the reader feel that there is a basic underlying unity to facilitate meaningful links between the ideas and themes in different chapters.
The chapters have been organised into three sections. Whilst united in their focus on the Oedipus situation, the individual styles and "voices" of the authors are very varied. The first three chapters are primarily theoretical. The second section comprises chapters that make use of artistic and cultural themes from the worlds of literature and film to explore Oedipal couple issues. The final section consists of chapters that are specifically clinical in their focus. The manifest focus in most chapters is on the couple, but there are variations on this theme.

Contributors: Andrew Balfour, Sasha Brookes, Francis Grier, Monica Lanman, Lisa Miller, Mary Morgan, Viveka Nyberg, Joanna Rosenthal, Stanley Ruszczynski, Margot Waddell

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'The supporting theory, as worked and reworked in successive chapters, is steeped in a broad range of psychoanalytic perspectives and raises some current and important questions. What, for example, determines the choice of a life-long partner? What are the internal conditions necessary for even contemplating such a choice? Other questions are ones that underlie not only work with couples, but also contribute important dimensions to the understanding of individual adult states of mind, children, adolescents, and families.'- Margot Waddell from the Preface

Introductionp. 1
On being able to be a couple : the importance of a "creative couple" in psychic lifep. 9
Reflective space in the intimate couple relationship : the "marital triangle"p. 31
The couple, their marriage, and oedipus : or, problems come in twos and threesp. 49
Coming into one's own : the oedipus complex and the couple in late adolescencep. 73
Shadows of the parental couple : oedipal themes in Bergman's Fanny and Alexanderp. 101
"It seemed to have to do with something else..." Henry James' What Maisie knew and Bion's theory of thinkingp. 121
The painful truthp. 141
The oedipus complex as observed in work with couples and their childrenp. 163
Oedipus gets married : an investigation of a couple's shared oedipal dramap. 181
No sex couples, catastrophic change, and the primal scenep. 201
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ISBN: 9781855759220
ISBN-10: 1855759225
Series: Tavistock Clinic Series
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 250
Published: 31st December 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.39