By Doris K. Silverman, David L. Wolitzky
This notable memorial quantity files and reassesses the contributions of Merton M. Gill (1914-1994), a crucial architect of psychoanalytic thought and a principled exemplar of the fashionable psychoanalytic sensibility during the moment half the 20 th century. severe reviews of Gill's position in psychoanalysis and a sequence of private recollections are joined to considerable reengagement of relevant controversies during which Gill performed a key half. those controversies revolve round the "natural technological know-how" as opposed to "hermeneutic" orientation in psychoanalysis (Holt, Eagle, Friedman); the prestige of psychoanalysis as a one-person and/or two-person psychology (Jacobs, Silverman); pyschoanalysis as opposed to psychotherapy (Wallerstein, Migone, Gedo); and the which means and use of transference (Kernberg, Wolitzky, Cooper).
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Extra resources for Changing Conceptions of Psychoanalysis: The Legacy of Merton M. Gill
Creativity and integrity in the final decades. The Annual of Psychoanalysis, 24. Hillsdale, NJ: The Analytic Press. Hoffman, I. Z. (1996b). Merton M. Gill: A study in theory development in psychoanalysis. Psychoanal. , 6:5–53. Hoffman, I. Z. (1998). Ritual and Spontaneity in the Psychoanalytic Process. Hillsdale, NJ: The Analytic Press. Racker, H. (1968). Transference and Countertransference. New York: International Universities Press. , Gill, M. , & Schafer, R. (1945–46). Diagnostic Psychological Testing.
Given the views stated above, exclusive reliance on a so-called “one-person” psychology was untenable. In his final book, however, Gill recognized the importance of unconscious fantasy and, therefore, the necessity for both a one-person and a two-person psychology. As he (Gill, 1994) put it, “It remains true that the great discovery peculiar to psychoanalysis, the internal factor in the sense of unconscious fantasy, is the one that psychoanalysis must zealously protect” (p. 28). Richards and Lynch (1996) take up this point in trying to locate Gill's views within the context of contemporary psychoanalytic theory, and Silverman's essay addresses it in this book.
With his logical, incisive mind coupled with a sonorous voice and compelling articulate persuasiveness, he commanded great attention and respect in the psychoanalytic community and he attracted a large following of interested students and colleagues. Part III contains Hoffman's comprehensive overview of Gill's many contributions (chapter 3) followed by a complete bibliography of Gill's writings and a listing of some of his awards (chapter 4). The range and productivity of the man are impressive.