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1962b) ‘A theory of thinking’, Second Thoughts: Selected Papers on Psycho-Analysis, New York: Jason Aronson (1967). First published in International Journal of Psychoanalysis, Volume 43, Parts 4–5. —— (1963) Elements of Psycho-Analysis, London: Heinemann, reprinted in paperback, Maresfield Reprints, London: Karnac (1984). —— (1967) ‘Notes on memory and desire’, Melanie Klein Today: Developments in Theory and Practice, Vol. ), London: Routledge (1988) First published in The Psychoanalytic Forum, 2: 272–3, 279–80.

In her clinical material Hughes makes use of Joseph’s ideas in order to illustrate how certain patients use words as actions in the service of primitive projective processes – to intrude into and act on the analyst’s mind, thus subverting the communicative process and substituting enactment for creative thought which might lead to insight. Members of the workshop, like all analysts, need the help of colleagues in order to step back from such enactments and to regain their capacity to think. In Chapter 10, Edna O’Shaughnessy, an early member of the workshop, uses moving material from the analysis some forty years ago of a very ill boy of 12 who, after making some movement towards attachment to the analyst and recognition of need and dependence, retreated into a psychotic identification with a cruel, all-powerful Frankenstein figure, in order to escape from intolerable psychic pain.

The analyst can, for example, become aware of the pressures on him or her to conform to repetitive patterns, and the intense anxiety and hostility aroused if the analyst does not so conform. This in turn diminishes the force with which the archaic versions of the patient’s objects (internal and external) have to be maintained. I believe this is an essential element for achieving psychic change, and it is this approach that is embodied in Joseph’s work. You may recall the quotation from Freud (1937), where he speaks of the therapeutic work constantly swinging backwards and forwards like a pendulum between a piece of id-analysis and a piece of ego-analysis.

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