Engaging Primitive Anxieties of the Emerging Self
The Work of Frances Tustin

Paper: 978 1 78220 297 4 / $48.95
Published: May 2017  

Publisher: Karnac Books
304 pp., 6" x 9"
These selected papers from the 2014 7th International Conference on the Work of Frances Tustin amplify and extend her contributions to the study and treatment of autism, autistic spectrum disease and autistic defenses and enclaves in non-autistic patients. It offers readers a contribution to the understanding and treatment of primitive mental states and primitive character disorders.

Table of Contents:
About the Editors and Contributors
Introduction—David G. Power

1) Finding a center of gravity via proximity with the analyst—Judy K. Eekhoff
2) Daydreaming and hypochondria: when daydreaming goes wrong and hypochondria becomes an autistic retreat—Alina Schellekes
3) “Black holes” and “fear of breakdown” in the analysis of a fetishistic–masochistic patient—Ofra Eshel
4) Autistic states in patients with a narcissistic structure—Anna Oliva De Cesarei
5) Sensual experience, defensive second skin, and the eclipse of the body: some thoughts on Tustin and Ferrari—Riccardo Lombardi
6) “Emotional” storms in autistoid dynamics—Bernd Nissen
7) “The very same is lost”: in pursuit of mental coverage when emerging from autistic states—Joshua Durban
8) Bion and the unintegrated states: falling, dissolving, and spilling—Celia Fix Korbivcher
9) Inhibition of curiosity due to concern about the object’s response: difficulties in tolerating a “third position” in relation to autism—David Simpson
10) Language used as an autistic object—Lia Pistiner de Cortiñas
11) The struggle to make the autistic child human—Vincenzo Bonaminio
12) Beckett’s Endgame: the collapse of mental life—Annie Reiner
13) The autistic object, ethology, and neuroscience: a way to a Copernican revolution in the understanding of autistic spectrum disorders (ASD)?—Paulo Duarte Guimarães Filho


Reviews & Endorsements:
"Frances Tustin’s influence continues to grow, not least thanks to conferences coorganized by the Frances Tustin Memorial Trust. This book, edited by Howard Levine and David Power, expands on papers from the seventh conference in Boston, in which authors of differing orientations address Tustin’s contribution to the understanding of childhood autism and primitive states of mind. It will make fascinating reading for psychoanalytic workers with patients of all ages, and for anyone concerned with the foundations of experience."
- Maria Rhode, Emeritus Professor of Child Psychotherapy at the Tavistock Clinic/University of East London, and Honorary Associate of the British Psychoanalytical Society
"In tribute to the creative and seminal work of Frances Tustin, this superbly editedbook takes the reader into the new terrain of unrepresented states, autistic objects, black holes and many other phenomena particular to the non-neurotic patients now presenting to analysts. All clinicians, especially those working with children, will benefit from reading this book."
- Jack Novick, MA, PhD, president-elect of the Association for Child Psychoanalysis, and co-author of Freedom To Choose: Two Systems of Self Regulation