Envy is Not Innate : a New Model of Thinking. by Patricia Polledri

By Patricia Polledri

This ebook is a finished revision of the proposal of envy, suggesting that envy isn't innate and featuring a few clean principles approximately its relation to psychopathology. Its argument is that envy isn't really easily as a result of constitutional forces, as Melanie Klein proposed, however the consequence of a posh technique that features a disturbance in symbolic functioning. this can be the 1st time a severe overview has been  Read more...

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76). Winnicott touches on whether or not a distinction can be made when the “truth” about himself/herself that the patient is presenting must be treated as a type of transitional phenomenon, wherein the question of whether the patient’s “truth” is reality or phantasy is never an issue (Winnicott, 1951). As with any transitional phenomenon, it is both reality and phantasy, subjective and objective, at the same time. The “truth” of the patient’s feelings must be experienced by the therapist as emotionally true, just as the good-enough mother must be able to share the truth in her child’s feelings about the comforting and life-giving powers of his “piece of cloth” (Ogden, 1979, p.

Epistemology, models of the mind, and metaphors As epistemology refers to the theory of knowledge, especially with regard to its methods, validity, and scope (Oxford English Dictionary), it is important to address the philosophical and epistemological status of clinical material as being a particular body of knowledge that has its own specifications, problems, and implications with regard to theoretical questions concerning discourse, power, narrative, and representation. Therefore, throughout the book, I have gradually developed a sustained argument as to why Gallwey’s model may be more helpful or original than Winnicott’s in thinking about envy and destructiveness, and to this end, the clinical material provides examples of the major role the external environment plays in the development of psychopathology.

However, as Dominique Scarfone (2008) points out, when clinical material is presented as evidence of any psychoanalytic theory, and selected perhaps for its correspondence with the theory that we hold as “true”, we all know how much our clinical and theoretical views are resistant to competing points of view and how, after a debate, analysts usually adhere to their original ideas. Therefore, the xxx INTRODUCTION inclusion of clinical material in this respect is not intended as evidence of anything.

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