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These stimulating essays are evidence that 50 years after its publication Melanie Klein's Envy and Gratitude is still a rich source of psychoanalytic inspiration. Sixteen highly regarded analysts, representing a wide range of psychoanalytic thinking, provide new insights and highlight current developments without avoiding the controversies that surround the original publication. The clinical and literary material is engaging and illustrates the effect of theory on practice and the influence of practice on the evolution of theory.Contents:Foreword - R. Horacio EtchegoyenIntroduction - Priscilla Roth1) "Even now, now, very now . . ." On envy and the hatred of love - Ignes Sodre2) Envy, narcissism, and the destructive instinct - Robert Caper3) Envy and Gratitude: some current reflections - H. Shmuel Erlich4) An independent response to Envy and Gratitude - Caroline Polmear5) On gratitude - Edna O'Shaughnessy6) Keeping envy in mind: the vicissitudes of envy in adolescent motherhood - Alessandra Lemma7) Envy in Western society: today and tomorrow - Florence Guignard8) He thinks himself impaired: the pathologically envious personality - Ronald Britton9) The repetition compulsion, envy, and the death instinct - John Steiner10) Romantic perversion: the role of envy in the creation of a timeless universe - Heinz Weiss11) Envy and the negative therapeutic reaction - Michael Feldman12) Reflections on Envy and Gratitude - Irma Brenman-Pick13) Being envious of envy and gratitude - Peter Fonagy14) Vicious circles of envy and punishment - Henry F. Smith

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