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Blass, R.B. (2017). Reflections on Klein's Radical Notion of Phantasy and its Implications for Analytic Practice. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 98(3):841-859.

(2017). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 98(3):841-859

Reflections on Klein's Radical Notion of Phantasy and its Implications for Analytic Practice

Rachel B. Blass

(Accepted for publication 19 April 2017)

Analysts may incorporate many of Melanie Klein's important contributions (e.g., on preoedipal dynamics, envy, and projective identification) without transforming their basic analytic approach. In this paper I argue that adopting the Kleinian notion of unconscious phantasy is transformative. While it is grounded in Freud's thinking and draws out something essential to his work, this notion of phantasy introduces a radical change that defines Kleinian thinking and practice and significantly impacts the analyst's basic clinical approach. This impact and its technical implications in the analytic situation are illustrated and discussed.

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