There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
-Zora Neale Hurston
Instructor: Steve Kirschner
This course provides an overview of object relations theory focusing on the seminal contributions of Ferenczi, Klein, Fairbairn, Guntrip, Winnicott and Bowlby.
Class 1. Introduction to Object Relations Theories
In Final Contributions to the Problems and Methods of Psychoanalysis. London: Hogarth Press. 1955.
The principles of relaxation and neocatharsis. 1930.
The Clinical Diary of Sandor Ferenczi. Introduction.
Class 2. Sandor Ferenczi
Confusion of tongues between adults and the child. 1933.
The unwelcome child and his death instinct. 1929.
The Clinical Diary of Sandor Ferenczi. 1932/1988, Dupont, J.(ed) Cambridge:Harvard University Press. Pages 8-14 and 96-100.
Class 3. Melanie Klein
Klein, M. (1935). A contribution to the psychogenesis of manic-depressive states. In Love,
Guilt and Reparation and other Works. New York: The Free Press, 1975.
Optional: Likierman, M. (2001) Tragedy and morality in the depressive position. In
Melanie Klein: her work in context. London: Continuum.
Class 4. Melanie Klein
Klein, M. (1946). Notes on some schizoid mechanisms. In Envy and Gratitude and
Other Works. New York: The Free Press, 1975.
Optional: Likierman, M. (2001.)The paranoid-schizoid position. In Melanie Klein: her work in Context. London: Continuum.
Class 5. W.R.D. Fairbairn
In Psychoanalytic Studies of the Personality. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul. 1984.
The repression and return of bad objects (with special reference to the
war neuroses.) 1943.
Class 6. W.R.D. Fairbairn
Endopsychic structure considered in terms of object-relationships. 1944.
Class 7. Harry Guntrip
In Schizoid Phenomena, Object Relations and the Self. Madison: International Universities Press. 1995.
The schizoid personality and the external world. 1952.
The schizoid problem, regression and the struggle to preserve an ego. 1961.
Class 8. D. W. Winnicott
Primitive emotional development. 1949. In Through Pediatric to Psychoanalysis.
Primary maternal preoccupation. 1956. In Through Pediatrics to Psychoanalysis.
The capacity to be alone. 1958. In The Maturational Processes and the Facilitating Environment.
Class 9. D. W. Winnicott
In Playing and Reality. London: Routledge. 2005.
Transitional objects and transitional phenomena. 1971.
Playing: a theoretical statement. 1971.
The use of an object. 1971.
Class 10. John Bowlby
In A Secure Base. New York: Basic Books. 1988.
The origins of attachment theory. 1981.
Attachment, communication and the therapeutic process. 1976.
Greenberg, J. and Mitchell, S. Object Relations in Psychoanalytic Theory. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. 1983.
Grosskurth, P. Melanie Klein: Her World and her Work. New York: Knopf. 1976.
Phillips, A. Winnicott. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. 1988.
Scharff, D., J. Object Relations Individual Therapy. Northvale: Jason Aronson Inc. 2000.
Summers, F. Object Relations Theories and Psychopathology. Hillsdale: The Analytic Press. 1984.
Sutherland, J. Fairbairn’s Journey into the Interior. London: Free Association Books. 1989.