By Paula Heimann
About childrens and Children-no-longer is the lengthy awaited selection of Paula Heimann's released and unpublished papers.
From the printed paintings it comprises the seminal paper 'On Countertransference' (1950); 'Dynamics and Transference Interpretations' (1956); 'Some Notes on Sublimation' (1959); and 'Notes at the Anal level' (1962). furthermore, newer works are released right here in English for the 1st time, describing the author's specific integration of thought and technique.
Paula Heimann's principles on an undifferentiated early part of toddler improvement and its implications for analytic strategy, together with her special wisdom of either Kleinian item family and classical conception and strategy, make her paintings very appropriate either to present-day perform and the certainty of the old improvement of a few important psychoanalytic ideas.
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Science cannot be pursued, however, by the mere collection of observable material. If we never leave the ground of facts, we give up scientific procedure, which arrives by means of abstraction and inference—speculation—at the discovery of the principles of which the observed facts are a manifestation. ’ The scientific worker must combine sober observation with imaginative interpretation. There are pitfalls. 7 It has been said that Freud’s theory of the instincts trespasses outside psychology into physiology and biology—but so does the subject-matter of psychology, the human being.
However, I cannot attempt here to discuss in detail the way in which our technique of analysis operates in enabling us to come to grips with the patient’s internal objects. But I can say that analysis cures the illness caused by ‘unconscious memories’ in that it deals with these memories in the way they are experienced by the patient; namely, as an internal world of intense actual reality. It was through the analysis of her devil-phantasies that the patient’s whole childhood history was recaptured.
We may leave it to the biologists to judge the value of Freud’s biological considerations, but we have the right to use the psychological part—to use it without claiming that it solves all the mysteries of human life. Psychological work does not show the operation of instinct directly. What we do see is impulses giving rise to emotions, hopes, fears, conflicts, behaviour, and actions. We observe processes like the transformation of unconscious desire into conscious fear, or of unconscious hate into conscious exaggerated love.