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Melanie Klein Trust

Furthering the psychoanalytic theory
and technique of Melanie Klein

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Book launch - Authenticity in the Analytic Encounter: The Work of Irma Brenman Pick

The launch of a collection of Irma Brenman Pick’s papers, Authenticity in the Analytic Encounter: The Work of Irma Brenman Pick (Routledge), filmed in March 2018 at London’s Freud Museum. Alessandra Lemma, editor of the New Library of Psychoanalysis, introduces speeches by psychoanalysts (and the book’s editors) Fakhry Davids and Naomi Shavit (both pictured), John Steiner, Donald Moss, and finally Brenman Pick herself.

Also included is an interview with co-editor Fakhry Davids. Davids talks in engaging detail about how the book came about, collaborating in the editing process with Naomi Shavit, and the rich development of Brenman Pick’s ideas over the course of her career.

Added 12 June 2018

Book launch - Lectures on Technique by Melanie Klein, edited by John Steiner

Following an introduction and commentary by Ron Britton and Jane Milton, John Steiner talks about his book, Lectures on Technique by Melanie Klein. Drawing on previously unpublished material from the Klein archive, the book presents, with critical commentary, a series of lectures given by Melanie Klein to students at the British Psychoanalytical Society. The launch event took place at West Lodge Hotel, London, on 13 May 2017. 

Ron Britton on Karl Abraham

Eminent Kleinian analyst Ron Britton explores the life and work of Karl Abraham, one of Freud’s closest colleagues and a major early theorist, who both analysed Klein and had a deep influence on her work. Britton talks in illuminating depth about Abraham’s key concepts and clinical approach, his sustained dialogue with Freud, his impact on the development of psychoanalysis in its early years, and the ways in which his profound contributions have been absorbed into the theoretical writings of both Klein and Freud, among others. The film is of particular interest to psychoanalysts and researchers in this area, though it is by no means only for specialists.

Meeting Elizabeth Spillius

Dr Elizabeth Spillius talks about her approach to Kleinian theory and practice and the way her technique developed over the course of her long career. An extract from a longer film made by the Institute of Psychoanalysis as part of its Encounters Through Generations series.

Melanie Klein's Technique Then and Now

John Steiner presents his paper, 'Melanie Klein's Technique Then and Now', at West Lodge in June 2015. The presentation is followed by an audience question and answer session. Chaired by Priscilla Roth, with Ron Britton and Michael Feldman on the discussion panel. The film was made by the Klein Studies Forum of the Institute of Psychoanalysis. Download a transcript of the question and answer session that followed the presentation.

Irma Brenman Pick on her 80th birthday

At an event held to mark the occasion of her 80th birthday, Irma Brenman Pick talks about some of the figures who influenced her psychoanalytic training and practice, including Wilfred Bion, Esther Bick, Herbert Rosenfeld and Melanie Klein. The event took place in June 2015 and was organised by the Institute of Psychoanalysis.

Meeting John Steiner

An excerpt from an interview with John Steiner in which he talks about the importance of listening within the patient-analyst relationship. From the Encounters Through Generations series, made by the Institute of Psychoanalysis with support from the International Psychoanalytical Association.

Meeting Eric Brenman

Eric Brenman, eminent psychoanalyst and former President of the British Psychoanalytical Society, talks about his life and career. Filmed in 2010. The film was made by The Institute of Psychoanalysis as part of its Encounters Through Generations series. Download a transcript.

A conversation with Dr Leslie Sohn

Dr Leslie Sohn, world-leading expert on the psychotic mind and a former consultant psychiatrist at Broadmoor High Security Hospital, discusses his life and work in this video, made by the Institute of Psychoanalysis. Part of the Encounters Through Generations series.

An interview with Horacio Etchegoyen

Virginia Ungar and Catalina Bronstein talk to distinguished Argentinian psychoanalyst Dr Horacio Etchegoyen about his career, influences and contribution to analytic thinking and practice. In Spanish, with English subtitles.


Melanie Klein walking in the garden

Some rare, silent film footage of Melanie Klein in the garden of her home in Clifton Hill, London, with sculptor Oscar Nemon.

Melanie Klein was our granny: a conversation with Melanie Klein's granddaughters

Melanie Klein's granddaughters, Diana Brimblecombe and Hazel Bentall, share memories of their granny with psychoanalysts Michael Feldman and Richard Rusbridger.

John Steiner 80th Birthday meeting (March 2014)

In a special meeting to mark John Steiner's 80th birthday, John talks about his long and rich career in psychoanalysis, with questions, reflections and thoughts from fellow analysts, colleagues, friends and former students.

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The Originality of Melanie Klein

A conversation between Edna O'Shaughnessy and Ron Britton.

This film is also available with Russian subtitles.

Panel discussion - projective identification

A recording of a Klein Studies evening organised by the Melanie Klein Trust at which panel members John Steiner, Elizabeth Spillius, Edna O'Shaughnessy and Ignês Sodré discussed the concept of projective identification with contributions from the audience. The event took place on 12 June 2012 at the Institute of Psychoanalysis, London.

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Betty Joseph - an extract from Encounters Through Generations

Betty Joseph talks about the qualities that help analysts develop their abilities, for example a 'sense of the truth' and an abiilty to 'move one's mind in different directions', in this extract from Encounters Through Generations: Meeting Betty Joseph, a video by the Institute of Psychoanalysis.

The Claustrum: A Projective Identification View of the World

Listen to psychoanalyst Donald Meltzer talk about one of Klein’s most famous and complex concepts: projective identification. Meltzer explored her idea through his own formulation of the ‘claustrum', a psychical state that he describes in this presentation given in 1990. It was part of the former annual public lectures at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

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We are grateful to the Harris Meltzer Trust for permission to post this material.  Copyright rests with the Harris Meltzer Trust:

Hanna Segal - extract from an interview filmed during her last visit to Poland

An extract from a filmed interview with Hanna Segal on her last visit to Poland in 2010, from The Hanna Segal Institute for Psychoanalytical Studies (Poland). Thanks to the Polish Psychoanalytical Society and the interviewer, psychoanalyst Mr Maciej Musial, for permitting the reproduction of this interview. Subtitled in English.