Creative Readings: Essays on Seminal Analytic Works by Thomas H Ogden

By Thomas H Ogden

Thomas H. Ogden is the winner of the 2004 overseas magazine of Psychoanalysis Award for an important Paper of the 12 months and the 2010 Haskell Norman Prize – a world award for "outstanding fulfillment as a psychoanalytic clinician, instructor and theoretician".

Thomas Ogden is the world over well-known as probably the most artistic analytic thinkers writing this day. during this booklet he brings his unique analytic rules to existence via his personal approach to heavily examining significant analytic works. He reads watershed papers in a manner that doesn't easily solid new and discerning gentle at the works he's discussing, yet introduces his personal considering concerning the rules being mentioned within the texts.

Ogden deals increased understandings of a few of the main primary ideas constituting psychoanalytic thought and perform. He does so through discovering in all of the articles he discusses a lot that the writer knew, yet didn't be aware of that she or he knew. An instance of this is often how Freud, in his perception of the subconscious workings of mourning and melancholia, was once offering the basis of a concept of subconscious inner item kin. Ogden is going directly to offer additional re-readings of vintage fabric from the subsequent key individuals to modern psychoanalysis:

  • W. R. D. Fairbairn
  • Donald Winnicott
  • Wilfred Bion
  • Hans Loewald
  • Harold Searles.

This ebook isn't really easily a publication of readings, it's a publication approximately analyzing, approximately easy methods to learn in a manner that readers actively rewrite what they're examining, and in so doing makes the tips actually their very own. The thoughts that Ogden develops in his readings offer an important step within the reader’s enlargement of his or her figuring out of a few of the principles that lie on the innovative of up to date psychoanalysis. it is going to be of specific curiosity to psychoanalysts and psychotherapists who use a psychodynamic process, in addition to pros and teachers with an curiosity in modern psychoanalysis.

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Returning to Freud’s discussion of mania, the manic patient is engaged in a “struggle of ambivalence [in a desperate unconscious effort to come to life through] . . loosening the fixation of libido to the [internal] object by disparaging it, denigrating it and even as it were killing it” (p. 2 This sentence is surprising: mania represents not only the patient’s effort to evade the pain of grief by disparaging and denigrating the object. Mania also represents the patient’s (often unsuccessful) attempts to achieve grief by freeing himself from the mutual captivity involved in the unconscious internal relationship with the lost object.

Isaacs’ (1952) inferences are made on the basis of three principles that she articulates: (1) “the need to attend to the precise details of a child’s behaviour” (p. 70); (2) “the principle of noting and recording the context of observed data . . the whole immediate setting of the behaviour being studied, in its social and emotional situation” (p. 71), for example, the external reality with which the infant is interacting; and (3) the principle of “genetic continuity” (p. 74). The third of these principles holds a place of special importance in the construction of Isaacs’ argument.

In so doing, the melancholic evades the pain of loss, and, by extension, other forms of psychological pain, but does so at an enormous cost – the loss of a good deal of his own (emotional) vitality. 24 Freud’s “Mourning and melancholia” One unconscious part of the ego stalking another Having hypothesized the melancholic’s substitution of an unconscious internal object relationship for an external one, and having wed this to a conception of defensive regression to narcissistic identification, Freud turns to a third defining feature of melancholia which, as will be seen, provides the basis for another important feature of his psychoanalytic theory of unconscious internal object relationships: In melancholia, the occasions which give rise to the illness extend for the most part beyond the clear case of a loss by death, and include all those situations of being slighted, neglected or disappointed, which can import opposed feelings of love and hate into the relationship or reinforce an already existing ambivalence.

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