First published in , W.R.D. Fairbairn’s Psychoanalytic Studies of the Personality re-oriented psychoanalysis by centering human development on the infant’s. William Ronald Dodds Fairbairn FRSE (11 August Chapter I: The Sociological Significance of Communism Considered in the Light of Psychoanalysis (); Chapter II. contributed after the publication of Psychoanalytic Studies of the Personality in . Fairbairn’s study of Freud’s structural theory was followed by a study of libido.

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He was from a religious family, and retained his own Christian faith throughout his life.

Apart from his time studying overseas, and the years he spent fighting in the First World War, Fairbairn always lived and worked in Edinburgh. He also wrote creatively and influentially about art, education, religion, politics and social issues.

Many consider his contributions to psychoanalysis to be profound and of immeasurable influence, particularly upon theoretical and clinical developments of recent decades.

After fighting in Palestine and North Africa for etudies all of the First World War, Fairbairn decided to move away from his theological and philosophical studies, and into psychiatry.

Psychoanalytic Studies of the Personality

Personailty entered immediately into his medical training, and qualified in While studying to become a psychiatrist, Fairbairn read the work of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, and began an analysis with recently qualified Australian psychoanalyst E.


Connell, also a devoted Christian.

Shortly after qualifying, Fairbairn began to practice psychoanalysis himself. He wrote his first substantial psychoanalytic paper inand attended the International Congress of Psychoanalysis in Oxford in Between and he lectured in psychology at Edinburgh University, specialising in adolescent psychology. Fairbairn also worked at the Clinic for Children and Juveniles, part of the University of Edinburgh, where he treated delinquent young people and those who had been sexually abused.

In Fairbairn became an associate member of the British Psychoanalytical Society on the basis of his psychoanalytic writings to date he became a full member inand in the mids withdrew from his university position in order tye enter into fulltime psychoanalytic practice.

Psychoanalytic Studies of the Personality : W. R. D. Fairbairn :

For many years he was the sole analyst working in Edinburgh, and had little contact with the life of the British Society in London. He submitted a short paper as part of the Controversial Discussions in the early s, but generally worked in a state of unusual isolation and, indeed, with an unusual degree of independence.

Nevertheless, his ideas were deeply informed by studdies colleagues in London, and his work, in turn, went on to have a profound influence on British object relations theory, becoming one of the key figures of the Independent tradition.


His innovative, bold work in object relations paved the way for new theoretical and clinical approaches, though this contribution was perhaps not sufficiently recognised or acknowledged at the time.

Fairbairn describes a model wherein the libido does not seek simply to discharge energy via use of an object, rather that it seeks the object in and for itself.

Therefore, the driving force in the human psyche is not in fact the pleasure principle, but a fundamental need to relate to psychoanalytuc connect with other objects, i. His development of a quite new theoretical and clinical approach to borderline states remains very important in the psychological treatment of such patients today.

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Ronald Fairbairn – Wikipedia

Fairbairnin 2 vols, ed. Fairbairn and Relational Theory, ed. Frederico Pereira and David Scharff Karnac, Fairbairn and the Origins of Object Relationsed. Skip to main content. Fairbairn Then and Nowed. Personal Relations Theoryby Graham S.

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