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Recurring Event Event Series: British Object Relations

British Object Relations

September 23 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, Back Classroom

Third Year Adult Psychoanalytic Training (APT)
2022-23, 1st Trimester — Fridays, 3:30-5:00pm
Stan Case, LICSW PhD
Judy K. Eekhoff, PhD

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September 23, 2022 — Klein-Bion: developments in theory

[20 pages]

Joseph describes how the earliest object relations and defensive organizations can be lived out in the transference, alongside and beyond what the patient is saying. How patients act on us, and try to get us to act out with them, may transfer total situations, in addition to specific anxieties, from infancy. How we are being used, beyond the use of words, is communicated through our countertransference.

Meltzer summarizes how Klein expanded Freud’s instinctual theories of development with her theory of an internal world, its geography as real as that of the outside world. She focused on the self’s emotional growth from part- to whole-objects, both loved and hated, in bodily-anatomical terms. Bion emphasized the evolution of the capacity to think, described the mind’s capacity to attack its own thinking functions, and on the links between objects. Both Klein and Bion initiated a change in the way the body is instrumental in the development of the mind, shifting to the idea of instinct rather than drive.

Joseph, B. (1985). Transference: The Total Situation. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 66:447-454.

Meltzer, D. (1992). Ch. 3 “The Klein-Bion expansion of Freud’s metapsychology” in Dream-Life. Perthshire: Clunie Press, pp36-47.


September 23
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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