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Cup 4: Freud as Translator

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BK:Professor Freud, you spent your earliest years in a small provincial locale, living in very modest circumstances. In view of such a relatively humble background, with somewhat unworldly and often impecunious parents, one might not have expected that you would become perhaps the most seminal thinker of the twentieth century.

SF:And what about the twenty-first century?

BK:Well, your importance has now spanned two centuries, if not three!

SF:Yes – I published the Studien über Hysterie in 1895.

BK:The Studies on Hysteria.

SF:Indeed. In the nineteenth century. And you tell me that we are now in the twenty-first century?


SF:So, have you read the Studien über Hysterie? I suppose you have.

BK:A true classic.

SF:I regard that volume as a transformational stage in the development of my theories, because it is there that Dr Breuer and I really introduced the whole idea of the “talking cure”.

BK:Of course, that book – your first truly psychological book…

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4. Mother—infant psychotherapy: a classification of eleven psychoanalytic treatment strategies

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Stella Acquarone

In this chapter I describe the wide range of psychotherapeutic interventions with parents and infants who are experiencing difficulties in their relationships or in themselves. For this purpose I introduce the theme from its clinical and social observation perspectives and then describe the setting up of a project, the Parent Infant Clinic, followed by the theoretical background. Specific psychoanalytic instruments are explored, concluding with a description of the different kinds of intervention, arranged according to various client groups.

There is a group of children who, from birth, are reported to have difficulty in thriving, bonding, coping with anxiety, or tolerating frustrations. The mother’s attitude often contributes to the problem. The result is emotional disturbance, expressed as continuous screaming for no apparent reason, breath-holding, feeding difficulties, sleeping difficulties, or similar symptoms.

There is a common pattern in children who are referred for psychotherapy, who are receiving special education, who are in foster care, who have been institutionalized, or who have suffered from non-accidental injury. From a very early stage of their development, these children have shown symptoms that have been confirmed by one or more professionals working with them. These symptoms could include sleeping difficulties, withdrawal, hyper-activity, and so forth.

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Cup 11: A Suicidal Crown Prince and a Murdered Empress

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BK:I have asked for Herr Kerl to bring us some more refreshments.

SF:Ach, this is fine. I am thirsty, and I can tell you, I am also hungry.

BK:Well, we have been working hard. But we shall be certain that Herr Kerl does not bring you any cauliflower!

SF:You know of my aversion to cauliflower?

BK:Yes, of course. I had always thought that for you, as a former neurologist, cauliflower must look rather like a brain.

SF:Exactly, so. I shall eat something else.

BK:Yes, of course, Herr Professor. But no chicken either, I presume?

SF:You have really made it your business to study my life.

BK:Well, you did write about this in one of your letters to your sometime colleague Wilhelm Fliess. And your son Martin also reported on your aversion in his memoir Glory Reflected: Sigmund Freud – Man and Father.

SF:I see. Well, spare me the psychoanalysis of my dislike for chicken.

BK:Of course, Herr Professor.

SF:So, what shall we discuss next?

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2. An meeting with Donald Winnicott in 1965

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Paul Roazen

Every interview that I conducted with any of the early psy choanalysts always succeeded in teaching me something special. While many of those that I saw during my most intense fieldwork during the mid-1960s were either relatively obscure then or have been generally forgotten by now, Donald Winnicott remains an outstanding exception to any such generalization. For, rather to my amazement, his stature has continued to grow, so that there is now not only a large bust of him at the headquarters of the British Psycho-Analytical Society, but his writings have been translated into many languages. With the passage of time, his reputation has eclipsed that of many who were once considered leading representatives of the profession.

It is true that at the time I proposed to see Winnicott in September of 1965, he had already been recommended to me by someone as reliably intellectual as Dr Charles Rycroft as “the genius of British analysis”. Rycroft went through Winnicott’s (1958a) book Collected Papers: Through Paediatrics to Psycho-Analysis in order to help tutor me about which articles I ought to read first.

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11. My experience of Winnicott

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Hugh Gee

My tutor in psychology specialized in perception, and his tolerance of Freud and the dynamic branch of psychology was almost non-existent. At that time, I was unaware of the differences that existed within the field of psychology, and my own inclinations towards psychoanalytical concepts were treated with some degree of contempt by my tutor, who was constantly proclaiming that there was no truth in a concept unless it could be subjected to a repeatable experiment. He did not enlighten me as to the differing schools of thought, so I began to think that I was not suited to the study of psychology.

Winnicott had been invited by one of the student societies to give a paper. I had never heard of Winnicott, so it was by extreme good fortune that I attended his lecture. I had not realized how demoralized I had been made to feel by my tutor until I heard Winnicott’s paper. For me, it was not just a “breath of fresh air”, but more like the “kiss of life”. Later, when discussing Winnicott’s paper, my tutor’s prejudice became very obvious to me, but worse still, I could see how much my tutor was concerned with my complying with his views rather than helping me to acquire knowledge and develop my own ideas. This, of course, was an old scare, for as a child I had been forced to develop a managing persona in the face of my parents’ insistence on my complying. It was for that reason that I remember Winnicott saying, when he gave his next paper at Oxford, “I am allergic to propaganda”. This comment was made in response to a student saying how Winnicott “ought” to think about some subject.

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