|Friedman, D.D. (1983). Rapprochement. The Critical Subphase of Separation-Individuation. Ruth F. Lax, Sheldon Bach, and J. Alexis Burland (Eds.) New York: Jason Aronson, Inc., 1980. X + 513 pp.. Psychoanal. Rev., 70:135-137.|
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(1983). Psychoanalytic Review, 70(1):135-137
Rapprochement. The Critical Subphase of Separation-Individuation. Ruth F. Lax, Sheldon Bach, and J. Alexis Burland (Eds.) New York: Jason Aronson, Inc., 1980. X + 513 pp.
Just as important psychoanalytical discoveries have invited disciples to expand upon the original concepts, so too has Margaret Mahler's innovative work on , , and the of . Her stature is eminently attested to in this collection, comprised of 23 papers, all but one originally delivered at scientific meetings to celebrate her 80th birthday.
The volume opens with a paper by Mahler (first published in 1972), recapitulating and further elucidating her earlier views on the of the process, emphasizing here that she considers “ and as intertwined developmental , rather than as a single process.” Her insights into the of a 's and its reverberations on the oedipal have had a pervasive impact, shifting the clinical of many of us in the field.
The papers in the volume are almost uniformly noteworthy: informative, probing, provocative, practical. For this reviewer, the second section of the book, in which contributors suggest the compatability of Mahler's observations with psychoanalytic concepts, is the most compelling. It contains, for example, Louise J. Kaplan's cautionary article addressing problems that may arise when one holds onto a rigid notion of classical psychoanalytical theory, and the dangers on the other hand of narrowing one's vision to the period. With the now available about the , there has been a tendency among many clinicians working with and narcissistic patients to single out the conflicts and resolutions of this subphase as the central ; others, however, hew to the classical central role of the oedipal and in treating these two
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