Recovery of the Lost Good Object
By Eric Brenman
Edited by Gigliola Fornari Spoto
Published September 8th 2006 by Routledge – 224 pages
Recovery of the Lost Good Object brings together the hugely influential papers and seminars of Eric Brenman, revealing his impact on the development of psychoanalysis and allowing a better understanding of his distinctive voice amongst post-Kleinian analysts.
Gathered together for the first time in one volume, Eric Brenman's papers give the reader a unique insight into the development of his clinical and theoretical thinking. They highlight many issues which are relevant to the present debate about psychoanalytic technique, including:
The second half of the book documents three of the clinical seminars and covers the transgenerational transmission of trauma, the analysis of borderline pathology and the psychoanalytical approach to severely deprived patients.
This collection will be welcomed by all psychoanalysts and psychotherapists, and other members of the helping professions interested in investigating the valuable contribution that Eric Brenman has made to contemporary psychoanalysis.
Spoto, Introduction. Preface. The Narcissism of the Analyst: Its Effect in Clinical Practice. The Value of Reconstruction in Adult Psychoanalysis. Separation: A Clinical Problem. Matters of Life and Death - Real and Assumed. Cruelty and Narrowmindedness. Hysteria. Meaning and Meaningfulness: Touching the Untouchable. The Recovery of the Good Object Relationship: The Conflict with the Superego. De Masi, Introduction to the Clinical Seminars. Unbearable Pain. Deprivation and Violence. Transgenerational Transmission of Trauma.
Eric Brenman trained originally in Medicine and Psychiatry, and then at the British Institute of Psychoanalysis. He is a Senior Training Analyst and Supervisor in the British Psychoanalytic Society, and a past President of the Society.
Gigliola Fornari Spoto trained in Medicine and Psychiatry in Italy and then at the British Institute of Psychoanalysis where she is now a Senior Training Analyst.