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(Re)discovering Bion in Nicola Abel-Hirsch's new book, Bion: 365 Quotes

In a new addition to our 'Papers to download' section, Eleanor Sawbridge Burton discusses Nicola Abel-Hirsch's book Bion: 365 Quotes. The article briefly describes Bion's contribution to analytic thinking, and explains Abel-Hirsch's decision to use short excerpts as a way of making Bion's dense and multi-layered prose more accessible.

Sawbridge Burton writes: "Reflecting Bion’s own efforts not to ‘over-digest’ ideas in his writing – to exhaust or overdevelop them – Abel-Hirsch has provided a stimulating sample of his thinking, whilst also leaving space for readers to explore their own connections and lines of enquiry."

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12 June 2018

Recently published - Psychoanalysis and Anxiety: From Knowing to Being by Chris Mawson

In Psychoanalysis and Anxiety: From Knowing to Being, Chris Mawson combines psychoanalytic, existential and dramaturgical perspectives on the study of anxiety.

The book explores how anxiety has been understood by philosophers such as Heidegger and Kierkegaard, and major psychoanalytic theorists including Freud, Klein, Winnicott and Bion. It also looks at how key principles of drama relate to therapeutic practice and theory, and concludes with a reconsidering of the pursuit of insightful knowledge in psychoanalysis, with a shift of emphasis from psychoanalytic interpretations as statements of knowing to interpretive activity as a continuous process of becoming informed.

Visit the Karnac website for more details.

4 March 2019

Recently published - Bion: 365 Quotes by Nicola Abel-Hirsch

Published by Routledge in February 2019, this is a book of 365 quotes from the work of the psychoanalyst Wilfred Bion. Something of an enigma, Bion often doesn’t write in the way one would expect of a psychoanalyst, but is being read ever-increasingly around the world, in and outside the psychoanalytic community. Certain of his comments are often quoted, whilst swathes of his work lie almost untouched.

How to make some of the detail of this work available? What he writes is often dense in the way the structure of a poem can be, and the book has the format of a ‘poem a day’ collection – providing a way into his complete work one quote at a time.

Alongside commentaries by Nicola Abel-Hirsch are thoughts on Bion’s work drawn from papers by other analysts from the UK, the Americas, and Europe.

Read more about the book on the Karnac website.

The book will be launched at an event on Friday 22 March 2019 at the Institute of Psychoanalysis - visit the Institute's website for more details.

27 February 2019

On the archive blog: An infantile sexual theory with reference to toads

The latest post on our archive blog reproduces an undated paper in which Klein refers to a passage about toads from a nature book, using it to explore the complex mix of jealousy, phantasy, anxiety, guilt and denial that underpin infantile sexual theory.

As Jane Milton, author of the blog and the Trust's honorary archivist, says, "Klein’s sharp observation...illustrates how alive she was to the world around her, and how she perceived her theories playing out beyond the boundaries of the psychoanalytic context."

Visit the archive blog to read the full post.

30 January 2019

Tributes to Albert Mason

Psychoanalyst Albert Mason (1926-2018), who worked closely with Bion and was profoundly influenced by the ideas of Melanie Klein, died at home in Los Angeles last year.

Mason started his career in London as an anaesthetist, before moving into psychiatry and then training as an analyst with the British Psychoanalytical Society (BPAS). He moved to LA in 1969, where he went on to become a Training and Supervising Analyst in the Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (now the New Center for Psychoanalysis). He was a founding member, Training and Supervising Analyst, and President of the Psychoanalytic Center of California (PCC), and he played a central role in introducing and developing Kleinian theory in the USA.

At a recent BPAS meeting, Kleinian analysts John Steiner and David Bell shared some of their memories of Dr Mason. These presentations are available to download here in edited form.

Download John Steiner's presentation.

Download David Bell's presentation.

Both pieces previously appeared in the Bulletin of the British Psychoanalytical Society, in slightly different versions.

An obituary of Albert Mason also appeared in the Los Angeles Times.

16 January 2019

Recently published - The Klein Tradition by Penelope Garvey and Kay Long

In The Klein Tradition: Lines of Development - Evolution of Theory and Practice over the Decades (Routledge, 2018), Penelope Garvey and Kay Long bring together the contemporary use of Klein's ideas in work with adults and with children across different parts of the world. The book also illustrates some of the ways in which Klein's ideas are being applied to other fields.

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25 June 2018

New video - book launch, Authenticity in the Analytic Encounter: The Work of Irma Brenman Pick

In March this year, London’s Freud Museum was packed out for the launch of a collection of Irma Brenman Pick’s papers, Authenticity in the Analytic Encounter: The Work of Irma Brenman Pick (Routledge). Alessandra Lemma, editor of the New Library of Psychoanalysis, introduced speeches by psychoanalysts (and the book’s editors) Fakhry Davids and Naomi Shavit, John Steiner, Donald Moss, and finally Brenman Pick herself.

We caught these speeches on film, as well as an interview with co-editor Fakhry Davids. Davids talked in engaging detail about how the book came about, collaborating in the editing process with his colleague Naomi Shavit, and the rich development of Brenman Pick’s ideas over the course of her career. He stressed what a formative influence Brenman Pick’s teaching and thinking have had on Davids and Shavit, both personally and in their work as analysts.

Watch the video on our Audio & video page

14 June 2018

Recently published - On Adolescence: Inside Stories by Margot Waddell

In On Adolescence: Inside Stories, (Routledge, Tavistock Series) Margot Waddell explores the inner lives of young people in the world between childhood to adulthood - a world made increasingly fraught by the pressures of contemporary culture and modern technology. She looks at how we can help them through crises of identity, gender, loss, self-harm, bullying, depression, anger, suicidal impulses and anxiety. On Adolescence: Inside Stories is intended for all those concerned with adolescence, and adolescent states of mind at whatever age or stage.

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14 June 2018

New writers' profiles now online: Grotstein, Racker and Scott

The most recent additions to the Writers section are three major analysts of the 20th century: James Grotstein, Heinrich Racker, and Clifford Scott.

Racker was born into a Jewish family in Austria, emigrated to Argentina to escape Nazi rule, and there developed into one of the most quietly influential analytic thinkers of his time, contributing important theories about countertransference. Meanwhile, Scott and Grotstein, Canadian and American respectively, were central to the spread and development of Klein’s ideas in North America.

Visit the Writers page to read more about Grotstein, Racker and Scott and browse our other writers profiles.

12 June 2018

A tribute to James Gammill/Un hommage à James Gammill

On 16 December 2017, psychoanalyst James Gammill died in Paris. A founding member of GERPEN (Groupe d’Etude et de Recherche Psychanalytique sur l’enfant et le Nourrisson) [Group for the Psychoanalytic Study and Research of Children and Infants], Gammill was also a major figure in the introduction of Kleinian thought in France.

Le 16 décembre 2017 s’éteignait à Paris James Gammill, membre fondateur du GERPEN (Groupe d’Etude et de Recherche Psychanalytique sur l’enfant et le Nourrisson), figure majeure de l’introduction de la pensée kleinienne en France.

Read more about James Gammill's life and work
En savoir plus sur la vie et l'oeuvre de James Gammill

18 May 2018

Exciting news - Klein archive now available online

As a result of a collaborative effort by the Melanie Klein Trust and the Wellcome Library, the entire Melanie Klein archive has now been digitised and is freely available to study online. This new digital collection contains over 350 items (files and folders) and over 30,000 scans of documents and photographs.

As well as preserving the archive for the future, the digitisation opens up his rich resource to Kleinian scholars all over the world, and we hope many more people will be encouraged to explore and study it.

For more details of what is available and how to access it, visit our blog, Exploring Melanie Klein's Archive at the Wellcome Library

13 May 2018

Recently published - new perspectives on Bion and collected works of Irma Brenman Pick

Attacks on Linking Revisited: A New Look at Bion’s Classic Work (Karnac), edited by Catalina Bronstein and Edna O'Shaughnessy, is a collection of contributions by distinguished psychoanalysts inspired by Wilfred Bion's significant paper, 'Attacks on Linking'. 

Authenticity in the Psychoanalytic Encounter: The Work of Irma Brenman Pick (Routledge), edited by M Fakhry Davids and Naomi Shavit, brings together Brenman Pick's original contributions to psychoanalytic technique.

Visit the Karnac website to find out more about Attacks on Linking Revisited and Authenticity in the Psychoanalytic Encounter

13 May 2018

Recently published - The Clinical Paradigms of Melanie Klein and Donald Winnicott: Comparisons and Dialogues

By Jan Abram and Robert Hinshelwood, published by Routledge.

In this new book, Abram and Hinshelwood seek to introduce the distinctive clinical principles of Klein and Winnicott, to compare and contrast the way in which their theories evolved, and to present a dialogue on the various concepts explored. 

It includes chapters by both Abram and Hinshelwood on five topics: Basic principles, Early psychic development, The role of the external object, The psychoanalytical concept of psychic pain, and Practice and theory.

Visit the Karnac website for more details.

20 March 2018

Recently published - Bion in Buenos Aires

Edited by Joseph Aguayo, Lia Pistiner de Cortinas and Agnes Regeczkey, Bion in Buenos Aires: Seminars, Case Presentation and Supervision is a collection of newly discovered clinical seminars by Wilfred Bion. Including supervisions, personal case presentations and lectures on psychoanalytic theory, it represents Bion's initial foray into many years of work that have inspired South American analysts for nearly a half a century.

Visit the Karnac website for more details

30 January 2018

Conference report - Pitlochry 2017

A report on 'Before and beyond words: Exploring Melanie Klein’s work and influence', held in Pitlochry in November 2017, is now available, including links to downloadable conference papers.

Read the conference report

19 December 2017

New booklet - Melanie Klein in Pitlochry

Published by the Trust to coincide with the November Pitlochry conference, this booklet tells the story of Melanie Klein's time in the Scottish town in 1940-41 and the analysis she conducted there with a boy named Richard.

Download the booklet, Melanie Klein in Pitlochry

24 November 2017

Recently published - Melanie Klein: The Basics

Melanie Klein: The Basics, written by Robert Hinshelwood and Tomasz Fortuna and published by Routledge, is a clear and concise introduction to Melanie Klein's life and work.

Over four parts it covers Klein's early discoveries; the development of her technique of child analysis and how this has influenced technique in adult analysis; further scientific and clinical developments in psychoanalytic technique; and contemporary developments in Kleinian and post-Kleinian psychoanalysis.

Visit the Karnac website for more details

21 November 2017

Recently published - Melanie Klein Revisited by Susan Sherwin-White

In Melanie Klein Revisited: Pioneer and Revolutionary in the Psychoanalysis of Young Children, Susan Sherwin-White brings into close focus Klein's inquiry into the states of mind of infants and young children.

"The book addresses in a most compelling and readable way Melanie Klein’s groundbreaking work with very small children, setting this in a biographical and historical context within psychoanalysis. Sherwin-White uses both Klein’s published work and previously unseen archival material, drawing also on the seminal work of Claudia Frank, in what will be a valuable contribution to Klein scholarship."
Jane Milton, Honorary Archivist, Melanie Klein Trust

Visit the Karnac website for more details.

20 July 2017

John Steiner receives Sigourney Award

We are delighted to report that John Steiner was a recipient of a 2016 Sigourney Award, which was presented at the European Psychoanalytic Federation's Annual Conference in The Hague in April 2017.

The Sigourney Award recognises individuals or organisations who are making significant advances in clinical psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic research, or applied psychoanalysis.

Speaking at the award ceremony, Catalina Bronstein, President of the British Psychoanalytical Society, said:

"I have the great pleasure and honour to introduce John Steiner, one of the British Psychoanalytical Society’s most distinguished analysts whose ideas on the defensive nature of pathological organisations and psychic retreats are probably well known by all of you and by analysts throughout the world. His writings on technique, on how to reach patients who need to involve the analyst in creating a psychic retreat are profoundly valuable and opened the door to new theoretical and clinical developments."

Read the full text of Catalina Bronstein's speech, and John Steiner's response.

14 July 2017

New video - book launch, Lectures on Technique by Melanie Klein

Visit the Audio and video page to see John Steiner talk about his new publication, Lectures on Technique by Melanie Klein, at the book's launch on 13 May 2017 at West Lodge, London. Using material drawn from the Klein archives, the book features a series of previously unpublished lectures given by Melanie Klein, with a critical review by Steiner.

The video includes an introduction and commentary by Ron Britton and Jane Milton, the Melanie Klein Trust's Honorary Archivist.

5 June 2017