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The Psychoanalytic Languages: On the Intimate Rivalry of Michael Balint and D.W. Winnicott

Bar Haim, Shaul (2019) 'The Psychoanalytic Languages: On the Intimate Rivalry of Michael Balint and D.W. Winnicott.' Psychoanalysis and History, 21 (1). pp. 73-103. ISSN 1460-8235

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Abstract

The article presents and discusses a two-decades correspondence between Michael Balint and D.W. Winnicott. Alongside closeness and friendship, the letters reveal tensions, disagreement and even rivalry between Balint and Winnicott on three main levels: personal, cultural and theoretical. The debate can be framed around the question of whether or not the British School of Psychoanalysis that emerged in the 1950s – and in which Winnicott and Balint were arguably the most senior figures – was a continuation of the psychoanalytic tradition that developed before the Second World War by Sandor Ferenczi and the Budapest School. The article argues, however, that there is another meta-theoretical level to the debate between the two: they passionately try to define what is the psychoanalytic language, and disagree about its real nature.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Psychoanalytic language; Balint; Winnicott; Independent Group; Budapest School
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0500 Psychoanalysis
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2018 13:20
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:55
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/23509

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