Melanie Klein: From Theory to Reality

Melanie Klein: From Theory to Reality

Melanie Klein: From Theory to Reality

Melanie Klein: From Theory to Reality

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I have worked with many children in psychoanalytic play psychotherapy, and I also had the opportunity to observe a great number of children playing with or talking to their parents. I am constantly impressed by the interplay of aggression and love that children demonstrate in play psychotherapy or with their parents and by the similarities of the ways children and their parents respond in therapeutic situations and in their daily interactions. I don't find it at all unusual for a child to tell me that 'I talk funny' when I interpret some aspect of his or her play, nor do I find it uncommon for an adult to say, 'I don't want to hear you say those things', or 'I think you should keep your thoughts to yourself', or, even, 'You know you could be wrong, don't you?' These remarks are usually 'defending' statements; but although the interpretation may be premature, too longwinded, or even wrong, it frequently opens another 'space' for the child or the adult to begin to explore. This exploration is often very painful, and the defence is thus an attempt to close down the passage to the unconscious.

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