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Witham, A. (1990). Our Need for Others and its Roots in Infancy, by Josephine Klein, Tavistock, 1987, xviii + 444 pages, pb £14.95. Free Associations, 1U(20):208-213.

(1990). Free Associations, 1U(20):208-213

Our Need for Others and its Roots in Infancy, by Josephine Klein, Tavistock, 1987, xviii + 444 pages, pb £14.95

Review by:
Anna Witham

There is a resonance from the title of this book — it sounds so much like the famous paper by Melanie Klein, ‘Our adult world and its roots in infancy’; the resonance is, of course, encouraged by the authors' shared surname, Klein. I do find this resonance so very startling; can these similarities really have escaped the notice of the writer or the publisher? I looked in vain for some comment about this in the book but found none, although Mrs Klein's paper is, of course, referenced. That there is no mention of these pronounced similarities is puzzling.

Josephine Klein's book has two main aims. One is to make available to a wide, lay readership (i.e., one not professionally engaged in psychoanalysis or psychoanalytical psychotherapy) the ideas of some of the most important contributors to the theoretical development of contemporary object-relations theory, and moreover to present these ideas as a coherent and coalescent body of thought, which very few would agree they are.

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