Developmental, Cultural, and Clinical Realms

Edited by Salman Akhtar MD
Paper: 978 1 78220 255 4 / $42.95
Published: June 2015  

Publisher: Karnac Books
264 pp., 6" x 9"
Though references to it are scattered in the writings of Klein and Winnicott, the topic of greed has drawn meager attention from contemporary psychoanalysts. This book fills that lacuna. Noting that the inconsolable, relentless, and coercive dimensions of such hunger have profoundly destructive impact upon the self and its objects, Greed: Developmental, Cultural, and Clinical Realms sheds light on the emotion’s myriad manifestations as well as its camouflage by the ego’s defensive operations. Issues of childhood deprivation, adolescent novelty-seeking, and clinging to the object-world toward the end of life are examined. The avarice that prevails in today’s business world is discussed, as is the deleterious impact of greed upon marital relations. More to the clinician’s interest, the book highlights the various ways in which greed makes its appearance during treatment, taking into account the tabooed topic of the analyst’s own greed for money, prestige, and intellectual prowess.

Table of Contents:
About the Editor and Contributors

Part I: Developmental Realm
1) The development of greed in childhood—Ann Smolen
2) Anticipatory greed and compensatory greed as developmental steps during adolescence—Christine C. Kieffer
3) Primal greed, developmental greed, and terminal greed—Thomas Wolman

Part II: Cultural Realm
4) Greed in the life of William Shakespeare and generosity in the life of Edward De Vere, aka “Shakespeare”—Richard Waugaman
5) Corporate greed and the new class system—Kenneth Eisold
6) Greed in Hollywood movies—Thomas Wolman

Part III: Clinical Realm
7) Meanings, manifestations, and management of greed—Salman Akhtar
8) Greed in the context of marriage and other close relationships—Elizabeth H. Thomas
9) Greed, greediness, and greedy patients—Andrew Klafter
10) The analyst’s greed—Aisha Abbasi