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By Juliet Hopkins

‘Juliet Hopkins has quietly inspired and encouraged generations of fellow workers and scholars’ (Dilys Daws).

An autonomous brain: accumulated Papers of Juliet Hopkins follows the pro trip and effect of an leading edge determine within the historical past of kid psychotherapy. Juliet Hopkins spans Kleinian and self sustaining psychoanalytic traditions and brings a severe medical brain to those theories. among her major impacts have been Winnicott and Bowlby – either one of whom her paintings addresses. This ebook comprises her most crucial papers, bringing jointly psychoanalytic idea, family members and person methods, attachment thought and infant–parent paintings. With a writing type that's transparent, basic and with no trouble available, Juliet Hopkins promotes a scholarly integrative state of mind approximately psychotherapy with out compromising the elemental psychoanalytic ideas that tell her work.

The papers were collected chronologically into 4 sections, each one given context by way of the Editors with a short introduction:

Trauma and baby psychotherapy

Attachment and baby psychotherapy

Infant-parent psychotherapy

Integrating and exploring Winnicott

An self reliant brain: amassed Papers of Juliet Hopkins is a suite of vintage papers whose relevance at the present time is undiminished. it is going to be crucial examining for verified and trainee baby and grownup psychotherapists and psychoanalysts; counsellors, psychologists, psychiatrists attracted to psychoanalytic methods; social employees, nursery staff and those that paintings with little ones in voluntary businesses.

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2 Living under the threat of death The impact of a congenital illness on an eight-year-old boy1 Introduction This paper is about a child’s concern with life and death. I present material from the psychotherapy of Adam, a boy of eight years, whose first five years had been severely affected by a debilitating congenital illness which endangered his life. He required repeated treatment in hospital and his parents were told that he might not survive. Between the ages of five and eight years his health gradually improved, but the medical prognosis was that he would probably die before adulthood.

He was amused by the noises it made and agreed that they sounded like farting. Next he put the coins under a piece of paper and scribbled over them to make rubbings. He divided the rubbings carefully into “heads” and “tails”. I thought he was being careful to discriminate between the head which needs the breath of life and the tail that lets out the fart. Adam returned to the balloon and blew it up repeatedly in order to fly it again and again, until he was panting for breath. He said “You keep on having to fill it up.

At the time that I wrote the paper, Boston and Szur (1983) had already recently reported that containment reduced the compulsion for repetition in very Solving the mystery of monsters 15 deprived children. Since then clinical evidence in support of this view has become overwhelming. Many traumatised children entering psychotherapy are unready and unable to confront their past. They may benefit from spending long periods in which they communicate their inchoate and unprocessed experience through compulsive repetition in the here-and-now.

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