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Selected Writings Paperback – June, 1999

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An achievement of the first importance ... The authors are to be congratulated on producing a work that not only underlines the clarity and cogency of Anna Freud's thinking, but makes it accessible to a wide audience that will include not only psychoanalysts, but all those with a serious concern for children and the way they become adults. -- Clifford Yorke, former Medical Director, the Anna Freud Centre, London --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Although she remained faithful to the basic frameworks established by her father, Anna Freud (1895-1982) was one of the most creative and innovative thinkers in the history of psychoanalysis. She remains an eminently influential figure in child analysis, in the treatment of those traumatized by early separation from their parents, and the application of psychoanalytic insights into education and institutional care. She also wrote extensively on all these themes. This important volume begins with substantial extracts from her classic Ego and the Mechanism of Defense, perhaps the first crucial contribution to psychoanalytic theory elaborated by someone other than Sigmund Freud. There follow many essential papers on both normal and pathological child development, and then shorter sections on adolescence and analytical technique. Introductory notes and linking passages make this the definitive overview of Anna Freud¹s distinguished body of work.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin UK; 1st edition (June 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140268146
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140268140
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,111,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAME on October 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
Anna Freud the youngest child of the founder of psychoanalysis was her father's student, and intellectual heir. But she did not content herself with simply parroting her father's teachings she made pioneering investigations of her own in the realms of defense - mechanisms, and development psychology. Above all she devoted her lifework to the study and treatment of children. And her writings on this subject form the great part of this representative volume of her work.

According to the volume's editors Richard Ekins and Ruth Freeman her innovations were in three major areas: " her conceptr of developmental lines, her diagnostic recommendations based on developmental considerations , and what she referred to as ' the metapsychological profile'.

She writes on a variety of topics, "The Concept of the Rejecting Mother", "The Role of Bodily Illness in the Mental Development of Children", "About Losing and Being Lost" "Adolescence"

"Indications for Child Analysis"

This is an essential work for anyone interested in the area of ' child psychology'.
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