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

By Juliet Hopkins

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

An self sustaining brain: amassed Papers of Juliet Hopkins follows the pro trip and impression 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 impacts have been Winnicott and Bowlby – either one of whom her paintings addresses. This booklet comprises her most crucial papers, bringing jointly psychoanalytic conception, kin and person techniques, attachment thought and infant–parent paintings. With a writing variety that's transparent, straight forward and effortlessly available, Juliet Hopkins promotes a scholarly integrative frame of mind approximately psychotherapy with out compromising the elemental psychoanalytic rules that tell her work.

The papers were collected 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 set of vintage papers whose relevance at the present time is undiminished. it is going to be crucial analyzing for demonstrated and trainee baby and grownup psychotherapists and psychoanalysts; counsellors, psychologists, psychiatrists drawn to psychoanalytic ways; social employees, nursery staff and people who paintings with youngsters in voluntary agencies.

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He was reported to have run and romped and kept up in every way with Susie. He also stopped eating as though he were starving and enjoyed venturing on a wide range of new foods. His nightmares had disappeared and he became able to confide his worries in his mother. In the autumn term which followed his holiday Adam usually seemed to be living in his own body, though his muscle tone varied and he would resume the feeble manner and posture of an invalid when he had a cold or felt particularly tired.

However there were also other motives in Adam’s participation as guinea-pig. His willing co-operation allowed him a sense of mastery and control over the inevitable, he was proud of his courage, won the admiration of doctors and nurses and aimed to help to discover a cure for his disease. Sylvia’s continuing propensity to repeat her traumas was manifest in her persistent provocation of violence. She did this recurrently in her treatment with me Solving the mystery of monsters 11 where her assaults taxed my patience to the limits and made it extremely hard to resist retaliation.

A typical example of the length of this process concerns my work with a child, Alison, who needed three years of three times weekly psychotherapy before she at last recognized that her mother was in some respects mad. Alison was by then 9 years old. Before this she had clung to her mother’s view that she herself was crazy and so was entirely responsible for provoking her mother’s unpredictable and impossible behaviour. Alison’s new capacity to conceptualise her relationship with her mother in a more objective manner freed her from feeling enslaved by her mother and enabled her to contemplate going to boarding school with some relief.

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