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Surviving Space : Papers on Infant Observation - Andrew Briggs

Surviving Space

Papers on Infant Observation

By: Andrew Briggs (Editor)

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Surviving Space is a collection of papers on infant observation and related issues by contemporary experts in the field, commemorating the centenary of Esther Bick and the unique contribution she has made to psychoanalytic theory. As part of the prestigious Tavistock Clinic Series, this is an essential addition to this highly-valued and innovative series. Infant observation is crucial to most psychotherapy training, and this work would be of obvious value to those commencing their training, as well as valuable insights for all psychotherapists.

'In this collection, Bick's original papers are accompanied by a series of exceptional essays that illuminate and extend her pioneering ideas - in relation to clinical work, the study of social and cultural dimensions, organizational processes and research. Throughout, this book is compelling and essential reading...to all those interested in understanding the complex world of infants and their families.'- Debbie Hindle, Organizing Tutor, Scottish Institute of Human Relations'This is a most welcome book which gives us a convincing illustration for the rich development and applications of Mrs Bick's pioneering ideas.'- Gabriella Grauso, Psychoanalyst and Child Psychotherapist, Milan'Surviving Space is both a homage to Mrs Bick, and a potent appeal to pay attention to the subtlety and complexity of the emotional experience which confronts us every day in our work. We will do well to read, reflect, and learn.'- Andrew Cooper, Professor of Social Work and Dean of Postgraduate Studies, Tavistock Clinic and University of East London'A book for all those who have always wished that the brilliant Esther Bick had written more. It demonstrates and amplifies her ideas and methods with warm and detailed care. It is a pleasure to read a book which is not afraid of extensive use of first class clinical and observational reporting. Whether as an introduction to Bick and her uncommon insight into the genesis of primitive states of mind, or as a treat for those who have relied upon her work for years, this book is important and should be read.' - Mrs Lisa Miller, Chair, Child and Family Department - Tavistock Clinic; Editor, International Journal of Infant Observation'This is a book to be most highly recommended...for those who lead infant observation seminars and for all of us as clinicians with both children and adults it has a great deal to offer. This book glows with challenge and excitement as we see how far [Esther Bick's] ideas have already been taken.'- Carol Bolton, Australasian Journal of Psychotherapy

Series Editors' Preface
About the Contributors
The Life and Work of Esther Bick
Pioneering ideas: the papers of Esther Bick
Child analysis today [1962]p. 27
Notes on infant observation in psycho-analytic training [1964]p. 37
The experience of the skin in early object relations [1968]p. 55
Further considerations on the function of the skin in early object relations [1986]p. 60
Pushing at the boundaries
Three years of observation with Mrs Bickp. 75
Mrs Bick and infant observationp. 105
The relevance of infant and young-child observation in multidisciplinary assessments for the family courtsp. 117
Mrs Bick's contribution to the understanding of severe feeding difficulties and pervasive refusalp. 135
Applying the observational method: observing organizationsp. 157
Secondary skin and culture: reflections on some aspects of teaching Traveller childrenp. 172
Reflections on the function of the skin in psychosocial spacep. 188
The skin in early object relations revisitedp. 208
Whom does the skin belong to? Trauma, communication, and a sense of selfp. 226
Failures to link: attacks or defects, disintegration or unintegration?p. 240
Looking in the right place: complexity theory, psychoanalysis, and infant observationp. 256
Endpiecep. 279
Referencesp. 283
Indexp. 297
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781855752924
ISBN-10: 1855752921
Series: Tavistock Clinic Series
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 310
Published: 31st December 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.48