Psychoanalyst Albert Mason (1926-2018), who worked closely with Bion and was profoundly influenced by the ideas of Melanie Klein, died at home in Los Angeles last year.
Mason started his career in London as an anaesthetist, before moving into psychiatry and then training as an analyst with the British Psychoanalytical Society (BPAS). He moved to LA in 1969, where he went on to become a Training and Supervising Analyst in the Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (now the New Center for Psychoanalysis). He was a founding member, Training and Supervising Analyst, and President of the Psychoanalytic Center of California (PCC), and he played a central role in introducing and developing Kleinian theory in the USA.
At a recent BPAS meeting, Kleinian analysts John Steiner and David Bell shared some of their memories of Dr Mason. These presentations are available to download here in edited form.
Both pieces previously appeared in the Bulletin of the British Psychoanalytical Society, in slightly different versions.
An obituary of Albert Mason also appeared in the Los Angeles Times.
16 January 2019
On the archive blog - War and the inner world: wartime correspondence between Joan Riviere and Klein
In 1940, at a time when a Nazi invasion of the UK was a real threat, Joan Riviere wrote to Melanie Klein asking for her thoughts on the war and the psychological 'causes' behind the conflict. The latest post on the Klein archive blog features Riviere's original letter and Klein's response.
Klein explores the impact of war and fear of death on the inner world, touching on guilt, despair and paralysis, and how analysis can promote less anxious, more positive states of mind. "If there is a better balance between internal happenings and external happenings and the war inside is not predominating, then one can turn with strength and determination against the external enemy,” she says.
As the Armistice Day centenery approaches, this correspondence is a timely and moving reminder of the sense of imminent threat and fear that permeated people's daily lives during wartime.
The archive blog is researched and written by Jane Milton, the Melanie Klein Trust's honorary archivist.
9 November 2018
In The Klein Tradition: Lines of Development - Evolution of Theory and Practice over the Decades (Routledge, 2018), Penelope Garvey and Kay Long bring together the contemporary use of Klein's ideas in work with adults and with children across different parts of the world. The book also illustrates some of the ways in which Klein's ideas are being applied to other fields.
25 June 2018
In March this year, London’s Freud Museum was packed out for the launch of a collection of Irma Brenman Pick’s papers, Authenticity in the Analytic Encounter: The Work of Irma Brenman Pick (Routledge). Alessandra Lemma, editor of the New Library of Psychoanalysis, introduced speeches by psychoanalysts (and the book’s editors) Fakhry Davids and Naomi Shavit, John Steiner, Donald Moss, and finally Brenman Pick herself.
We caught these speeches on film, as well as an interview with co-editor Fakhry Davids. Davids talked in engaging detail about how the book came about, collaborating in the editing process with his colleague Naomi Shavit, and the rich development of Brenman Pick’s ideas over the course of her career. He stressed what a formative influence Brenman Pick’s teaching and thinking have had on Davids and Shavit, both personally and in their work as analysts.
14 June 2018
In On Adolescence: Inside Stories, (Routledge, Tavistock Series) Margot Waddell explores the inner lives of young people in the world between childhood to adulthood - a world made increasingly fraught by the pressures of contemporary culture and modern technology. She looks at how we can help them through crises of identity, gender, loss, self-harm, bullying, depression, anger, suicidal impulses and anxiety. On Adolescence: Inside Stories is intended for all those concerned with adolescence, and adolescent states of mind at whatever age or stage.
14 June 2018
The most recent additions to the Writers section are three major analysts of the 20th century: James Grotstein, Heinrich Racker, and Clifford Scott.
Racker was born into a Jewish family in Austria, emigrated to Argentina to escape Nazi rule, and there developed into one of the most quietly influential analytic thinkers of his time, contributing important theories about countertransference. Meanwhile, Scott and Grotstein, Canadian and American respectively, were central to the spread and development of Klein’s ideas in North America.
12 June 2018
On 16 December 2017, psychoanalyst James Gammill died in Paris. A founding member of GERPEN (Groupe d’Etude et de Recherche Psychanalytique sur l’enfant et le Nourrisson) [Group for the Psychoanalytic Study and Research of Children and Infants], Gammill was also a major figure in the introduction of Kleinian thought in France.
Le 16 décembre 2017 s’éteignait à Paris James Gammill, membre fondateur du GERPEN (Groupe d’Etude et de Recherche Psychanalytique sur l’enfant et le Nourrisson), figure majeure de l’introduction de la pensée kleinienne en France.
18 May 2018
As a result of a collaborative effort by the Melanie Klein Trust and the Wellcome Library, the entire Melanie Klein archive has now been digitised and is freely available to study online. This new digital collection contains over 350 items (files and folders) and over 30,000 scans of documents and photographs.
As well as preserving the archive for the future, the digitisation opens up his rich resource to Kleinian scholars all over the world, and we hope many more people will be encouraged to explore and study it.
For more details of what is available and how to access it, visit our blog, Exploring Melanie Klein's Archive at the Wellcome Library
13 May 2018
Attacks on Linking Revisited: A New Look at Bion’s Classic Work (Karnac), edited by Catalina Bronstein and Edna O'Shaughnessy, is a collection of contributions by distinguished psychoanalysts inspired by Wilfred Bion's significant paper, 'Attacks on Linking'.
Authenticity in the Psychoanalytic Encounter: The Work of Irma Brenman Pick (Routledge), edited by M Fakhry Davids and Naomi Shavit, brings together Brenman Pick's original contributions to psychoanalytic technique.
13 May 2018
Recently published - The Clinical Paradigms of Melanie Klein and Donald Winnicott: Comparisons and Dialogues
By Jan Abram and Robert Hinshelwood, published by Routledge.
In this new book, Abram and Hinshelwood seek to introduce the distinctive clinical principles of Klein and Winnicott, to compare and contrast the way in which their theories evolved, and to present a dialogue on the various concepts explored.
It includes chapters by both Abram and Hinshelwood on five topics: Basic principles, Early psychic development, The role of the external object, The psychoanalytical concept of psychic pain, and Practice and theory.
20 March 2018
Edited by Joseph Aguayo, Lia Pistiner de Cortinas and Agnes Regeczkey, Bion in Buenos Aires: Seminars, Case Presentation and Supervision is a collection of newly discovered clinical seminars by Wilfred Bion. Including supervisions, personal case presentations and lectures on psychoanalytic theory, it represents Bion's initial foray into many years of work that have inspired South American analysts for nearly a half a century.
30 January 2018
A report on 'Before and beyond words: Exploring Melanie Klein’s work and influence', held in Pitlochry in November 2017, is now available, including links to downloadable conference papers.
19 December 2017
Published by the Trust to coincide with the November Pitlochry conference, this booklet tells the story of Melanie Klein's time in the Scottish town in 1940-41 and the analysis she conducted there with a boy named Richard.
24 November 2017
Melanie Klein: The Basics, written by Robert Hinshelwood and Tomasz Fortuna and published by Routledge, is a clear and concise introduction to Melanie Klein's life and work.
Over four parts it covers Klein's early discoveries; the development of her technique of child analysis and how this has influenced technique in adult analysis; further scientific and clinical developments in psychoanalytic technique; and contemporary developments in Kleinian and post-Kleinian psychoanalysis.
21 November 2017
In Melanie Klein Revisited: Pioneer and Revolutionary in the Psychoanalysis of Young Children, Susan Sherwin-White brings into close focus Klein's inquiry into the states of mind of infants and young children.
"The book addresses in a most compelling and readable way Melanie Klein’s groundbreaking work with very small children, setting this in a biographical and historical context within psychoanalysis. Sherwin-White uses both Klein’s published work and previously unseen archival material, drawing also on the seminal work of Claudia Frank, in what will be a valuable contribution to Klein scholarship."
Jane Milton, Honorary Archivist, Melanie Klein Trust
20 July 2017
We are delighted to report that John Steiner was a recipient of a 2016 Sigourney Award, which was presented at the European Psychoanalytic Federation's Annual Conference in The Hague in April 2017.
The Sigourney Award recognises individuals or organisations who are making significant advances in clinical psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic research, or applied psychoanalysis.
Speaking at the award ceremony, Catalina Bronstein, President of the British Psychoanalytical Society, said:
"I have the great pleasure and honour to introduce John Steiner, one of the British Psychoanalytical Society’s most distinguished analysts whose ideas on the defensive nature of pathological organisations and psychic retreats are probably well known by all of you and by analysts throughout the world. His writings on technique, on how to reach patients who need to involve the analyst in creating a psychic retreat are profoundly valuable and opened the door to new theoretical and clinical developments."
14 July 2017
Visit the Audio and video page to see John Steiner talk about his new publication, Lectures on Technique by Melanie Klein, at the book's launch on 13 May 2017 at West Lodge, London. Using material drawn from the Klein archives, the book features a series of previously unpublished lectures given by Melanie Klein, with a critical review by Steiner.
The video includes an introduction and commentary by Ron Britton and Jane Milton, the Melanie Klein Trust's Honorary Archivist.
5 June 2017