By Hanna Segal
Hanna Segal's paintings, specifically on symbolism, aesthetics, desires, and the exploration of psychotic considering, has validated her as a superb determine in psychoanalysis, relatively in psychoanalysis of the Kleinian culture. In Dream, Phantasy and paintings she reworks her principles on those themes and brings them vividly alive in a brand new integration which hyperlinks them afresh to the paintings of Freud, Klein, and Bion. in the course of the ebook, the medical illustrations the writer has chosen brilliantly highlight the speculation, touching the mind's eye, and solving even the main tricky rules completely within the reader's brain. In a collectively bettering dating, idea and medical instance are mixed, after which utilized, to create the author's new and unique theories of artwork and aesthetics. As Betty Joseph notes in her foreword, Segal's writing, and particularly this publication, does a lot to counterpoint psychoanalysis not just due to the readability and intelligence but in addition as a result intensity and breadth of her pursuits and her scientific mind's eye.
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She presented what could be described as a splitting of the object into a good and bad figure in the following way. She had missed her last session before the holidays because she had become ill with diarrhoea. In her first session after the holidays she became very much concerned with and frightened by a shapeless shadow on the wall, which she named ‘the lady on the wall’. She started the session saying that she did not bring a cardigan because though it was cold outside it was so nice and warm in the room.
One could say that they use the same language. When Freud discovered dream language and the dream-work, he discovered a dream world and a dream language which are with us whether asleep or awake—the world and the language of unconscious phantasy. Notes 1 Patient described before in the Introduction to the Work of Melanie Klein (Segal 1964) at page 18. 2 Patient described before in the Introduction to the Work of Melanie Klein (Segal 1964) at page 20. 3 Patient described before in Models of the Mind (Rothstein 1985) at page 41.
Phantasies can defend against realities, but they also defend against other phantasies. For instance, phantasies of an idealized object and an idealized self are both a wishfulfilling phantasy and a defence against underlying terror. A patient for a long time tenaciously maintained a very idealized and rigid relationship to me. But it was very brittle. Any disappointment, and particularly any hint of a possible Dream, phantasy and art 18 narcissistic injury, would lead to the phantasy collapsing, and she would experience blackness and terror.