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Melanie Klein and countertransference: a note on some archival material

Hinshelwood, Robert D (2008) 'Melanie Klein and countertransference: a note on some archival material.' Psychoanalysis and History, 10 (1). pp. 95-114. ISSN 1460-8235

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Five pages of notes were found in the Melanie Klein Archives at the Wellcome Library that concern her views on countertransference in 1953. Because of the paucity of references to countertransference in Klein's published writings these Notes fill in our knowledge. Her views were provoked by the work her students were doing in their experimental analyses of schizophrenic patients. Apocryphal stories suggest that Klein remained aligned with Freud's view of countertransference as simply interference. The Notes confirm that, whilst there is some truth in that, she did have a more sophisticated and nuanced view of the unconscious relations between analyst and analysand.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CD Diplomatics. Archives. Seals > CD921 Archives
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2012 14:54
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2012 14:57

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