|Spillius, E.B. (1997). Self-Envy: Therapy and the Divided Inner World. : By Rafael E. López-Corvo Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson. 1995. Pp. 211.. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 78:1254-1257.|
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(1997). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 78:1254-1257
Self-Envy: Therapy and the Divided Inner World. : By Rafael E. López-Corvo Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson. 1995. Pp. 211.
Rafael López-Corvo advances his interesting concept of self-envy to explain, at least in part, some of -destructive behaviour, , negative therapeutic reactions, addictive
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behaviour and perverse of certain and narcissistic personalities. He defines self-envy as ‘produced between an excluded part and a creative part of ’ (p. 10) or, in more fashion, as
the envious attack by a part of , usually related to self-objects, against another part of identified as a creative and harmonious - or parent- relationship, also within , which is now transferentially projected as a means of avoiding accusations (p. 24; quoting from his own article on self-envy in the International Journal of , 1992).
López-Corvo’s approach is basically Kleinian, though with many additions, alterations and terminological changes of his own. He bases his idea of self-envy on Scott’s 1975 paper, ‘Self-envy and envy of and ’. He also uses Rosenfeld’s idea of between parts of in destructive (), Meltzer’s ideas about tyranny () and John Steiner’s
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