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Contemporary Controversies in Psychoanalytic Theory, Techniques, and Their Applications$
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Otto F. Kernberg

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300101393

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300101393.001.0001

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Mourning and Melancholia Revisited

Mourning and Melancholia Revisited

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(p.75) 5 Mourning and Melancholia Revisited
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Contemporary Controversies in Psychoanalytic Theory, Techniques, and Their Applications
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Otto F. Kernberg

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300101393.003.0005

This chapter discusses Mourning and Melancholia, which is Sigmund Freud's first and basic contribution to a psychoanalytic understanding of pathological and normal mourning, the psychodynamic determinants of depression, and the psychopathology of key affective disorders. This chapter states that Melanie Klein and Edith Jacobson's works have improved the analysis of normal and pathological depressive reactions, and ends with a section on the concept of identification.

Keywords:   mourning, melancholia, Sigmund Freud, depression, psychopathology, affective disorders, Melanie Klein, Edith Jacobson, depressive reactions, identification

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