An Independent Mind: Collected papers of Juliet Hopkins by Juliet Hopkins

By Juliet Hopkins

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

An autonomous brain: amassed Papers of Juliet Hopkins follows the pro trip and impact of an leading edge determine within the heritage of kid psychotherapy. Juliet Hopkins spans Kleinian and self sufficient psychoanalytic traditions and brings a severe clinical brain to those theories. among her major affects have been Winnicott and Bowlby – either one of whom her paintings addresses. This booklet includes her most crucial papers, bringing jointly psychoanalytic concept, kinfolk and person methods, attachment thought and infant–parent paintings. With a writing variety that's transparent, ordinary and with no trouble available, Juliet Hopkins promotes a scholarly integrative mind set approximately psychotherapy with out compromising the elemental psychoanalytic ideas that tell her work.

The papers were amassed chronologically into 4 sections, each one given context via the Editors with a quick introduction:

Trauma and baby psychotherapy

Attachment and baby psychotherapy

Infant-parent psychotherapy

Integrating and exploring Winnicott

An autonomous brain: accumulated Papers of Juliet Hopkins is a suite of vintage papers whose relevance this day is undiminished. it is going to be crucial studying for proven and trainee baby and grownup psychotherapists and psychoanalysts; counsellors, psychologists, psychiatrists attracted to psychoanalytic ways; social employees, nursery employees and people who paintings with childrens in voluntary agencies.

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In his play monsters were sometimes the victims of traps and sometimes were themselves the trappers. The traps took the form of deep pits, suffocating bags or hidden mouths. Some monsters had false heads with secret mouths, or their heads and tails were interchanged for purposes of deception. For Adam, the trap of traps undoubtedly was the mouth. At this stage in treatment all relationships seemed experienced in unconscious phantasy as devouring or being devoured. He began to bring vast quantities of sweets to treatment, in order, I thought, to keep his voracious desires for me at bay.

In all these activities I think he felt no definite boundary to exist between himself and his materials. Life flowed from the high-bounce ball into Adam and from Adam into his pictures; it ebbed and flowed through his use of his medium. It was pointed out to me while writing this paper that Adam may well have felt that when he was merged with me he could resuscitate me as well as himself. Even at a superficial level Adam’s absorbed play gave me reassurance of his vitality and made me think of what he might grow up to be, rather than that he might not grow up.

A cliff . . a map . . a rose” and so on, he murmured, more to himself than to me. ” The high-bounce ball was one of his favourite treasures and he would often sit and gaze at its action with a rapt expression on his face. While Adam was happily preoccupied with these pursuits he maintained a friendly relationship to me as long as I did not intrude. He was pleased when I was interested in his experiences and sometimes he actively drew me into them. For example, one day he brought a packet of white sherbet powder and emptied it into a blue beaker.

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