Time Present and Time Past: Selected Papers by Pearl King

By Pearl King

"This is a rare number of papers through a unprecedented psychoanalyst. Pearl King has contributed to psychoanalysis, as analyst, instructor, office-bearer, author and, no longer least, as a stimulating and clever colleague, for greater than 5 decades." -- Ken Robinson from the Introduction

This outstanding selection of papers is split into 3 sections: scientific matters; psychoanalysis and the lifestyles cycle; and the underlying theories. The papers span from 1951 to 2004, recording 5 a long time of British psychoanalysis, via numerous angles. Pearl King’s notable contribution to British psychoanalysis has formed the psychoanalytic neighborhood during this state because it is at the present time and the papers during this quantity chart the development of the writer as a psychoanalyst, with the history of assorted vital occasions within the psychoanalytic community.
The papers within the medical half comprise a special, long case research of psychoanalysis of a four-year-old boy and a follow-up of his lifestyles 5 many years later, as written via the sufferer himself. the second one a part of the publication, on psychoanalysis and the lifestyles cycle, contains popular chapters on growing older. the writer seems to be on the growing older psychoanalyst in addition to the features of study with older sufferers. The 3rd half discusses the theories underlying Pearl King’s perform and places ahead her tackle such techniques as alienation, countertransference, and the query of time in psychoanalysis.

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After a wonderfully long chat, she asked me if I would like to read a rough draft of my childhood case history, which she was putting together for a book she was writing and would I mind that my story was used. I told her that it was fine and that I would love to read the draft and she should feel free to ask me any questions she so wished. Later that evening I sat at the computer and read through my case history. The more I read, the more fascinated I became. Was that really me she was talking about?

I got the impression that intercourse with her husband was really a big battle, and the rage was something quite frightening. So we went on battling our way through all this until we came to the point when he was less violent. He hit little children on the head, but obviously, from that note his mother gave me, he was also hit on the head. Philip’s parents had felt, to start with, that they could only send him to a private school, but now they felt that his violence had diminished sufficiently for them to send him to an ordinary school, and this was decided.

S. Eliot’s “Burnt Norton” and is particularly apt because the concept of time echoes and re-echoes throughout her papers in a quite Eliotic way. It is a nodal concept in her thinking. Freud discovered that psychological time is not simply linear, that all the strata of experience laid down in the past in the conscious and unconscious mind during the course of development are at least latent in the present of the human personality. This is central to transference. The psychoanalytic session takes place in and out of time.

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