Children's Phantasies: The Shaping of Relationships

Children's Phantasies: The Shaping of Relationships

Children's Phantasies: The Shaping of Relationships

Children's Phantasies: The Shaping of Relationships

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His book is an outcome of an exceptionally wide and rich experience. He observes very sensitively and shows how his understanding of unconscious phantasy can throw light on most Diverse activities and relationships.-Hanna Segal, from her foreword

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Everything, good or bad, that we have gone through from our earliest days onwards, all that we have received from the external world and all that we have felt in our inner world, happy and unhappy experiences, relationships to people, activities, interests and thoughts of all kinds -- that is to say, everything we have lived through -- makes part of our selves and goes to build up our personalities. If some of our past relationships, with all the associated memories, with the wealth of feelings they called forth, could suddenly be wiped out of our lives, how impoverished and empty we should feel! How much love, trust, gratification, comfort and gratitude, which we experienced and returned, would be lost! Many of us would not even want to have missed some of our painful experiences, for they have also contributed to the enrichment of our personalities. [ Klein & Riviere, 1953, p. 111 ]

I n her pioneering explorations of the relevance of Freudian theory to the earliest stages of psychic development, Melanie Klein created not only a new system of analysis, but also a new form of treatment . . .

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