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The Basic Fault : Therapeutic Aspects of Regression - Michael Balint

The Basic Fault

Therapeutic Aspects of Regression

Paperback Published: 1st January 1984
ISBN: 9780415045087
Number Of Pages: 216

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In this volume, Michael Balint, who over the years made a sustained and brilliant contribution to the theory and technique of psychoanalysis, develops the concept of the 'basic fault' in the bio-psychology structure of every individual, involving in varying degree both mind and body. Balint traces the origins of the basic fault to the early formative period, during which serious discrepancies arise between the needs of the individual and the care and nurture available. These Discrepancies create a kind of deficiency state.
On the basis of this concept, Balint assumes the existence of a specific area of the mind in shich all the processes have an exclusively two-person structure consisting of the individual and the individual's primary object. Its dynamic force, originating from the basic fault has the overwhelming aim of 'putting things right'. This area is contrasted with two others: the area of the Oedipus complex, which has essentially a triangular structure comprising the individual and two of his objects, and whose characteristic dynamism has the form of a conflict; and the area of creation, in which there are no objects in the proper sense, and whose characteristic force is the urge to create, to produce

Preface to the 1979 Reprint by Enid Balint
The Three Areas of the Mind
Primary Narcissiscm and Primary Love
The Gulf and the Analyst's Responses to it
The benign and the Malignant Forms of Regression
The Regressed Patient and His Analyst
Special Bibliography on Oral Dependence and Related States
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780415045087
ISBN-10: 0415045088
Series: Therapeutic Aspects of Regression
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 1st January 1984
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition