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By M.D. Donald Meltzer

Units forth an built-in inspiration of the ''natural history'' of the psychoanalytical procedure, seen within the gentle of expertise won within the child-analytical playroom, and utilized to the extra advanced phenomena of grownup sufferers.

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E. * T h e possessiveness is rationalised as a sense of injustice, concern for the safety of the good objects or h i g h ideals of p u r i t y . I n fact it c a n for this reason often be a long struggle to b r i n g the destructive voices into the consulting room so as to challenge the analyst directly. W h e n it begins to happen i n the sphere o f separation experiences, before and after breaks, it leaves the intervening analytic time free for working over oedipal material, at b o t h genital a n d pregenital levels, to a degree w h i c h h a d not been possible before.

Parte 2—3. * It is a phase o f analysis w h i c h can last for years w i t h very disturbed patients a n d , i n my experience, may not be very satisfactorily resolved at a l l and prove an intractable resistance where inadequate environmental support renders the analytic breaks intolerable, i n children as well as adults. However, while almost endless patience may be required of the analyst i n this phase—and tolerance—progress is almost always steadily achieved. T h e patient who cannot manage it w i l l either break d o w n at a holiday or leave before or after one.

O n c e this separate identity has thus been made bearable through the modulation of pain, the way is opened for other developmental steps, as I shall discuss i n the chapters o n subsequent phases i n the analytic process. It is i n this phase that we c a n most graphically see the truth of the great discovery by M e l a n i e K l e i n , amplified i n recent writings by W . R . B i o n , that the most p r i m i t i v e form of relief of psychic p a i n is accomplished by the evacuation into the external object of parts of the self in distress and the persecutory debris of attacked internal objects, receiving back through the introjective aspect the restored objects a n d relieved parts of the self.

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