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A Dictionary of Kleinian Thought

By R.D. Hinshelwood

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R.D. Hinshelwood (born 1938) is an English psychiatrist and academic. He is a Professor of Psychoanalytic Studies at the Univ. of Essex. He trained as a doctor and psychiatrist. He has taken an interest in the Therapeutic Community movement since 1974, and was founding editor of The International Journal of Therapeutic Communities (in 1980), having edited. with Nick Manning, Therapeutic Communities. Reflections and Progress (1979, London: Routledge).

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The ideas of Melanie Klein and the post-Kleinians have a growing influence among psychoanalysts yet they are not always easy to grasp.


Robert Hinshelwood offers the first comprehensive and wholly accessible exposition of the main concepts in Kleinian psychoanalysis and their more recent development. The book contains 13 main entries on the basic Kleinian concepts – splitting, paranoid-schizoid and depressive positions, projective identification, envy, internal objects – along with numerous entries on subsidiary concepts and the main post-Kleinian writers – Bion, Segal, Rosenfeld, Joseph and Meltzer.


The book also has a bibliography of all Kleinian writings to date. It has already been acclaimed ‘a tremendous’ piece of work’ and as ‘the state of the art in its own domain’.

'The book is highly successful in its intention of being an accessible account of Kleinian and post-Kleinian concepts.' - British Journal of Psychiatry

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Published 1991, 2nd edition (Free Ass. Books) - ISBN: 9780946960835 - 490 Pages - Paperback - Rights: World

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