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The Basic Fault

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When it was first published in 1968, Michael Balint's The Basic Fault laid the groundwork for a far-ranging reformation in psychoanalytic theory. This reformation is still incomplete, for it remains true today that despite the proliferation of techniques and schools, we do not know which are more correct or more successful--and all psychoanalysts continue to encounter intractable cases of mental disorder. Balint argues that ordinary "rigid" techniques and theories are doomed to failure in such cases because of their emphasis on interpretation.

The Basic Fault continues to illuminate the crucial current issues in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in general: the nature of self, the role of developmental defects, the value of empathy, and the central importance of the relationship between therapist and patient. This paperback edition includes a foreword by Paul H. Ornstein discussing the impact of Balint's work at the time of its publication and its continued importance now.

Synopsis:

<p>When it was first published in 1968, Michael Balint's <i>The Basic Fault</i> laid the groundwork for a far-ranging reformation in psychoanalytic theory. This reformation is still incomplete, for it remains true today that despite the proliferation of techniques and schools, we do not know which are more correct or more successful--and all psychoanalysts continue to encounter intractable cases of mental disorder. Balint argues that ordinary "rigid" techniques and theories are doomed to failure in such cases because of their emphasis on interpretation.</p>

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 189-196) and index.

About the Author

 
Michael Balint, M.D., Ph.D., M.Sc., who died in 1971, was a psychoanalyst of international reputation, whose originality expressed itself both in clinical practice and in teaching. His involvement with the development of psychoanalytic theory and practice was paralleled by a concern with stimulating understanding of psychodynamic principles among other professional groups, particularly general practitioners. His varied and prolific writings attest to these aims.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Paul H. Ornstein

Preface to the 1979 Reprint by Enid Balint

Preface

Part I The three areas of the mind

1. The theraputic processes and their localization

2. Interpretation and working-through

3. The two levels of analytic work

4. The area of the basic fault

5. The area of creation

6. Summary

Part II Primary narcissism and primary love

7. Freud's three theories

8. Inherent contradictions

9. Clinical facts about narcissism

10. Schizophrenia, addiction, and other narcissistic conditions

11. Ante-natal and early post-natal states

12. Primary love

13. Adult love

Part III The gulf and the analyst's responses to it

14. Regression and the child in the patient

15. The problem of language in upbringing and in psychoanalytical treatment

16. The classical technique and its limitations

17. The hazards inherent in consistent interpretation

18. The hazards inherent in managing the regression

Part IV The benign and the malignant forms of regression

19. Freud and the idea of regression

20. Symptomatology and diagnosis

21. Gratifications and object relationships

22. The various forms of therapeutic regression

23. The disagreement between Freud and Ferenczi, and its repercussions

Part V The regressed patient and his analyst

24. Therapeutic regression, primary love, and the basic fault

25. The unobtrusive analyst

26. Bridging the gulf

Bibliography

Special bibliography on oral dependence and related sites

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780810110250
Foreword:
Ornstein, Paul H.
Author:
Ornstein, Paul H.
Foreword by:
Ornstein, Paul H.
Foreword:
Ornstein, Paul H.
Author:
Balint, Michael
Publisher:
Northwestern University Press
Location:
Evanston, Ill. :
Subject:
Medical sciences
Subject:
Psychiatry
Subject:
Psychoanalysis
Subject:
Regression (psychology)
Subject:
Regression
Subject:
Movements - Psychoanalysis
Subject:
Psychology -- History.
Subject:
History
Edition Description:
3
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
19920731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
205
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 in

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<p>When it was first published in 1968, Michael Balint's <i>The Basic Fault</i> laid the groundwork for a far-ranging reformation in psychoanalytic theory. This reformation is still incomplete, for it remains true today that despite the proliferation of techniques and schools, we do not know which are more correct or more successful--and all psychoanalysts continue to encounter intractable cases of mental disorder. Balint argues that ordinary "rigid" techniques and theories are doomed to failure in such cases because of their emphasis on interpretation.</p>

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