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The Baby and the Bathwater

Coltart, Nina

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ISBN 10: 0823605353 / ISBN 13: 9780823605354
Published by Intl Universities Pr Inc, Madison, C., 1996
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: The Baby and the Bathwater

Publisher: Intl Universities Pr Inc, Madison, C.

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

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To read this essential work, is to hear Coltart's powerful voice, truthful, clear-headed, sensitive, personal, whether she is writing on the man with two mothers, handling the transference, group analysis, Buddhism and psychoanalysis, the philosopher and his mind, a case of ulcerative colitis treated by psychoanalysis, termination, or "the baby and the bathwater" about what must be jettisoned (the bathwater) and what retained (the baby) in terms of ideas and practices over the course of life. She writes, "The baby is what I became, who I am, and is the source of all I have written in my three books, in and about my working life." This is a powerful testament to be read and reread by all those for whom psychoanalysis is a central source.


'Nina Coltart's The Baby and the Bathwater is a clear water flowing gently over rocks. Her observations of a career in psychoanalysis span more than thirty years of writing, showing us how the ends of her professional development were contained in the beginnings, and showing us how this was so in detail through her wonderful prose. From the specifics of clinical histories and experiences through her long and interesting career to the chapters on spirituality and philosophy - both personal and clinical examinations of philosophy - she demonstrates the powers of a penetrating mind. Trained at Oxford, Coltart has moved both within and beyond the constraints of several traditions - medicine, psychoanalysis, Christianity, Buddhism - to give us the rarest of gifts - an independent mind. This is a book for the novice because it will give them inspiration and courage to begin, and a book for the war-weary veteran psychotherapist and psychoanalyst because it is rejuvenating. If you want a fresh wind in your therapeutic sails, read this book!'- David E. Scharff, M.D.'...if this is her final book, she has left the best for last. Psychoanalysts trained within the Independent Group are often asked by psychoanalysts and psychotherapists abroad which book they should read to get a feel for the way independent psychoanalysts think and work. In the past one has referred to Winnicott's Playing and Reality, Rycroft's Imagination and Reality, Khan's The Privacy of the Self, and Marion Milner's opus. But if we are to have one book, this is it. We may say "Here, you will find it here". This work is a literary spirit of place - a beautifully rendered conjuring of sensibility - and to my mind it is the single best expression of the English psychoanalyst of independent persuasion we are ever likely to have.'- From the Foreword by Christopher Bollas

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