By Paula Heimann
About youngsters and Children-no-longer is the lengthy awaited choice of Paula Heimann's released and unpublished papers.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 degree' (1962). additionally, more moderen works are released right here in English for the 1st time, describing the author's specific integration of idea and technique.
Paula Heimann's rules on an undifferentiated early section of child improvement and its implications for analytic approach, together with her exact wisdom of either Kleinian item kin and classical concept and approach, make her paintings very suitable either to present-day perform and the knowledge of the old improvement of a few significant psychoanalytic ideas.
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This last point, the conscious gratification, bound up with the experience of expansion and development of ego, seems to me an important indication that a sublimatory activity is successful, although it may be of short duration only and give way to various forms of discontent, or even to depression and despair. Complete absence of it, however, would suggest to me that there is some serious disturbance in the sublimatory process. When I use the term ‘ego’, I am not thinking so much of an organization which is firmly established and demarcated in contrast to other parts of the personality—indeed, A contribution to the problem of sublimation 21 Freud has warned us against being dogmatic in this matter—but of the sum total of an individual’s feelings, emotions, impulses, wishes, capacities, talents, thoughts, and phantasies—in short, all those psychic forces and formations which a person (assuming that his consciousness reached so far as to embrace so much) would identify as his own and which would make him feel: ‘That is I’ Actually most of our patients suffer from not having achieved this experience and I think that it is one of the essential tasks of analysis to help them so to find themselves.
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It was an ideal of perfection. When she realized, however, on one occasion that by saying that the design comprises everything, good and bad, she used it to justify her bad feelings to herself and to carry out destructive actions, the design was felt to be destroyed and lost, and a deep depression resulted from this experience. Gradually the design became more and more established, and she developed a firm faith in its existence, and was no longer dependent on getting constant visible proofs of it.