Encounters with Autistic States : A Memorial Tribute to Frances Tustin
This book explores and expands upon the work of the late Frances Tustin, which was devoted to the psychoanalytic understanding of the bewildering elemental world of the autistic child.
- Hardback | 448 pages
- 160 x 235.7 x 30.2mm | 757.51g
- 01 Aug 1997
- Jason Aronson Inc. Publishers
- Northvale NJ, United States
This remarkable tribute consists of a collection of invaluable papers on subjects close to Tustin's heart that touch on questions at the very core of the human experience. Those who know her work will welcome the opportunity to deepen their understanding of her seminal contributions to psychoanalysis on such issues as psychic autism, hopelessness, despair, awe, ecstasy, and isolation. For those unfamiliar with the thinking of Frances Tustin on regressed and primitive mental states, the book constitutes a found treasure. -- Theodore J. Jacobs, M.D, training and supervising analyst, New York Psychoanalytic Institute and New York University Psychoanalytic Institute How apt that Tustin, who devoted her life to investigating the vicissitudes of aloneness, should here stand surrounded by her loving colleagues and students. Ted and Judith Mitrani deserve our gratitude for having arranged this instructive and moving assembly. -- Owen Renik, M.D. Frances Tustin was a phenomenon in the field of psychoanalytical psychotherapeutic research with children, and particularly with autistic children. Her independence from organized schools and their prescribed thinking made her an observer of peculiar freedom and therapeutic effectiveness. I appreciate what the editors have done to establish Frances Tustin's position in our history. -- Donald Meltzer, M.D. Tustin influenced not only those interested in the specific problems of autistic states but also those who shared an intuition that autism could play the role of a new paradigm for the study of the mind. Yet Tustin's thinking did not achieve a recognition comparable to that of her masters and inspirators-Winnicott and Bion. This book corrects that unjust fate. The contributors widen the scope of her work, witnessing its richness, fecundity, and depth, and establishing connections with other contemporary conceptions. Never was a tribute so sincere, so justified, and so thoughtful. -- Andre Green M.D. The contributors of Frances Tustin constitute perhaps the most significant step forward in our understanding of primitive mental states since the work of Klein, Bion, and Winnicott. This truly superb collection of clinically alive papers by twenty-one notable analytic thinkers from around the globe is certain to become a classic. -- Joyce McDougall, Ed.D.
About Theodore Mitrani
Theodore Mitrani, Ph.D., is a psychoanalyst in private practice with children and adults, and a senior faculty member of the Psychoanalytic Center of California. Judith L. Mitrani, Ph.D., is a senior faculty member of the Psychoanalytic Center of California and guest faculty at the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies and at the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute.