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Spillius, E.B. (2009). On Becoming a British Psychoanalyst. Psychoanal. Inq., 29(3):204-222.

(2009). Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 29(3):204-222

On Becoming a British Psychoanalyst

Elizabeth Bott Spillius, Ph.D.

This article describes a personal journey from social anthropology to psychoanalysis, first through training at the British Psychoanalytical Society from 1956 to 1964, then to becoming a Member and Training Analyst. I describe the development of a career involving the usual things a psychoanalyst is likely to do in addition to clinical practice: supervising students, participation in seminars and discussions with colleagues, teaching, writing, serving on various committees, being editor of a series of psychoanalytic books, and trips abroad to teach and to consult with colleagues about other points of view. This is the bare bones, but I also try to describe the development of some of my psychoanalytic views and attitudes, including a brief look at the British Society with an ex-anthropologist's eye.

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