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Ritvo, S. (1956). The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, Volume IX: New York: International Universities Press, Inc., 1954. 369 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 25:265-266.
(1956). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 25:265-266
The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, Volume IX: New York: International Universities Press, Inc., 1954. 369 pp.
Review by: Samuel Ritvo
In the relatively short time since the inception of The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, this annual has achieved an eminent and almost venerable position in the field of psychoanalytic literature. Among psychoanalysts and members of related professional disciplines each volume is awaited for what it will bring in the way of stimulation and enlightenment; indeed, a number of the theoretical and clinical advances in psychoanalysis of the last ten years made their first appearance in the pages of this annual. This ninth volume is a fitting companion to its predecessors.
The first section of the volume, Problems of Infantile Neurosis, opens with an abstract of the 1954 Freud Memorial Lecture, Psychoanalysis and Education, by Anna Freud. This paper is the foundation for a subsequent discussion of infantile neurosis in an extraordinary meeting of the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute held at Arden House in May 1954, a lively and stimulating daylong exchange between Miss Freud and a host of participants including Drs. Greenacre, Hartmann, Jacobson, Loewenstein, Waelder, Lewin, Spitz and others, under the chairmanship of Dr. Ernst Kris. The discussion touches on a wide range of topics relating chiefly to the early development of the individual, early mother-child relationship, and a consideration of factors of equipment.
The middle section of the volume is devoted to Problems of Normal and Pathological Development. The opening paper of this section is a rich and inventive theoretical contribution by Dr. Edith Jacobson, which employs fresh concepts of the transformations of energy and the concept of self-representations to make a searching study of the normal developmental processes which build up the cathexes of the self and the object world with libidinous, aggressive and neutralized energy in the course of structural differentiation.
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