How do Kleinians work with projective identification?
The concept of projective identification, first introduced by Melanie Klein in 1946, has been widely studied by psychoanalysts of different persuasions. However, these explorations have neglected to show what Kleinians actually do with the projective identification phenomenon in their daily casework.
Projective Identification in the Clinical Setting presents a detailed study of Kleinian literature, setting a background of understanding for the day-to-day analytic atmosphere in which projective identification takes place. Extensive clinical material illustrates issues clearly identified for clinical practice, including:
* the ways projective identification occurs within various psychological constellations;
* the role of the analyst in countertransference experiences;
* work with difficult patients who experience life within a paranoid or psychotic framework;
* the path of projective identification and pathological greed.
This comprehensive account of Kleinian literature on projective identification and wealth of clinical material provide a powerful and clear account of clinical practice around projective identification that all practitioners, psychoanalytic psychotherapists and trainees will benefit from reading.
Robert Waska has worked in the field of psychology for the last twenty-five years. Certified as a psychoanalyst and psychoanalytic psychotherapist from the Institute of Psychoanalytic Studies, Dr Waska maintains a full-time private practice in San Francisco and Marin County.
Table of Contents
Introduction. The Kleinian Approach to Projective Identification: The More Usual Interpretive Stance. The Kleinian Interpretation to Projective Identification: The Atypical and Less Usual Interpretive Stance. What the Literature States about Clinical Technique. Projective Identification: Some Clinical and Diagnostic Considerations. Intrapsychic Outcome in Projective Identification. Projective Identification, Countertransference, and the Struggle for Understanding over Acting Out. Projective Identification, Self-Disclosure, and the Patient's View of the Object: The Need for Flexibility. The Relationship between Projective Identification, Symbolism, and Loss within the Paranoid-Schizoid Experience. Hate, Projective Identification, and the Therapist's Struggle. The Role of Projective Identification in Pathological Greed. Interpretation as Shaped by Projective Identification. Summary.
This comprehensive account of kleinian literature on projective indentification and wealth of clinical material provide a powerful and clear account of clinical practice around projective indentification that all practicioners, psychoanalytic psychotherapists and trainees will benefit from reading. - Pulsional Revista de Psicanalise, June 2004