By Melanie Klein, Susan Isaacs, Paula Heimann, Joan Riviere

Psychoanalysis is a technology obviously fore-ordained to development and enlargement, and between those that have prolonged the scope of either idea and perform Melanie Klein holds a distinct position.

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As analysts we are aware of the difficulty of doing justice to our findings with necessarily inadequate means. GENERAL INTRODUCTION 23 The questions relating to the nature and function of phan­ tasy, its unconscious pre-verbal character and the difficulties arising out of this circumstance for the investigator, have led to a digression; I must return to consider the actual contents of this book. The fourth chapter by Paula Heimann on 'Certain Aspects of Introjection and Projection* is the first account of these processes specifically devoted to examining them, their modes of operation and their effects.

In people who have developed more successfully and more nearly reached full maturity, the mind is comparatively 'porous' and there is much more capacity for insight into the unconscious and ability to maintain it when gained; it does not become repeatedly split off again in the same way. The importance for psychiatry of the understanding of such factors furnished by Melanie Klein's work will be apparent; GENERAL INTRODUCTION 28 DEVELOPMENTS IN PSYCHO-ANALYSIS I shall refer to this later. Another aspect of the work arises in its application to the practice of psycho-analysis.

This is in itself of great interest, especially since there was little or no understanding of this mysterious disorder before Melanie Klein's findings were brought to bear on the problem. In addition to the presentation of these extremely involved topics which Paula Heimann gives us, the chapter contains many original contributions of her own which throw light on her subject. In several instances these take the form of showing how an apparent incompatibility between Freud's statements and Melanie Klein's findings is to be resolved by closer con­ sideration.

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