By Donald Meltzer, Martha Harris, Meg Harris Williams

This quantity encompasses a consultant number of talks and writings via Martha Harris and Donald Meltzer at the key developmental part of youth, from their teachings either individually and jointly over decades. comparable books in this subject through those authors have existed for a while in Italian and in Spanish yet no longer before in English.

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They are a “county” family as we say in England—well-bred, provincial, country people, but not intellectual in any way. The girls’ boarding school she had attended since the age of ten was a “good” school but not very academic. She is a very intelligent girl and her intelligence was as yet pretty well untouched. She attained her university entrance to study fine art, but I had the impression from her that art was associated rather with being a rather beautiful “Elizabeth Arden” girl, than with appreciating the great painters of the past.

For a time she went out with the brother of her best friend as part of the group. During this period she had some problems with her menstrual cycle and, to treat this, a doctor put her on the contraceptive pill. She seemed to have taken this prescription as a sort of official permission from the adults to embark on a sexual relationship and so she did, for the first time, with almost no emotional reaction. Mrs Harris: Then in the summer holidays before her last year at school, she went to Germany, where she met a beautiful young actor with whom she had an intense love affair for about one month.

The good intentions consist in a desire to understand and acquire knowledge, the bad ones in wanting to steal knowledge, signifying power, from his mother. Klein believed that this primary splitting—the primary idealization of the self and the division of the object into good and bad—is the foundation of a normal development. Confusion between good and bad returns in puberty. PSYCHOANALYTICAL THEORY 31 Later on comes the discovery that the phantasy of penetrating the mother’s body also implies identification of an illusory sort which we call “projective identification”.

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