Fairbairn, Then and Now (Relational Perspectives Book Series)

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ISBN-13: 978-0881632620
ISBN-10: 0881632627
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"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

About the Author

Neil J. Skolnick, Ph.D., is Associate Professor, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University, and a faculty member and supervisor at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.  He is co-editor of Relational Perspectives in Psychoanalysis (Analytic Press, 1992).

David E. Scharff, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University and Co-Director of the International Institute of Object Relations Therapy.


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Product Details

  • Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series (Book 10)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (June 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881632627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881632620
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,648,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very thought-provoking and well written. Fairbairn's ideas were way ahead of the times and are still very relevant today from a relational psychoanalytic perspective. The authors have expanded on his ideas in a way that provides clinicians with a perspective to understand the power that resistance plays in patients maintaining such a powerful attachment to bad objects. The chapter by Rubens on "Fairbairn's Theory of Depression" and Celani's chapter on "Structural Sources of Resistance in Battered Women" are by themselves worth getting the book.
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