Engaging Primitive Anxieties of the Emerging Self: The Legacy of Frances Tustin

Editor : Howard B. Levine, Editor : David G. Power

Engaging Primitive Anxieties of the Emerging Self: The Legacy of Frances Tustin

Book Details

  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : May 2017
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 300
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Category 2 :
    Autism and Aspergers
  • Catalogue No : 37091
  • ISBN 13 : 9781782202974
  • ISBN 10 : 1782202978

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Frances Tustin was a pioneering child psychotherapist who broke new ground in working with autistic children in the latter half of the twentieth century. This book amplifies and extends contributions by Tustin to the study and treatment of autism, autistic spectrum disorders and autistic defences and enclaves in non-autistic patients. It offers readers a contribution to the understanding and treatment of primitive mental states and primitive character disorders.

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‘Frances Tustin’s influence continues to grow, not least thanks to conferences coorganized by the Frances Tustin Memorial Trust. This book, edited by Howard Levine and David Power, expands on papers from the seventh conference in Boston, in which authors of differing orientations address Tustin’s contribution to the understanding of childhood autism and primitive states of mind. It will make fascinating reading for psychoanalytic workers with patients of all ages, and for anyone concerned with the foundations of experience.’
- Maria Rhode, Emeritus Professor of Child Psychotherapy at the Tavistock Clinic/University of East London, and Honorary Associate of the British Psychoanalytical Society

‘In tribute to the creative and seminal work of Frances Tustin, this superbly edited book takes the reader into the new terrain of unrepresented states, autistic objects, black holes and many other phenomena particular to the non-neurotic patients now presenting to analysts. All clinicians, especially those working with children, will benefit from reading this book.’
- Jack Novick, MA, PhD, president-elect of the Association for Child Psychoanalysis, and co-author of Freedom To Choose: Two Systems of Self Regulation

About the Editor(s)

Howard B. Levine is a member of the faculty at the Psychoanalytic Institute of New England East, a member of the faculty and supervising analyst at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis, and is in private practice in Brookline, Massachusetts. He is a founding member of the Group for the Study of Psychoanalytic Process and the Boston Group for Psychoanalytic Studies, Inc.

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David G. Power is a founding member of the Boston Group for Psychoanalytic Studies and Past President, Supervisory and Teaching Analyst at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis. He maintains a private practice in psychoanalysis, psychotherapy and supervision in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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