A curious, wide-ranging and voracious reader, as well as a prolific writer, he published over papers and wrote or edited 12 books. Unfailingly energetic and engaged in his work, he continued to write, lecture, supervise candidates and see patients until the last months of his life. He possessed great enthusiasm for life, as well as a lively sense of humour, a keen habit of punning and playing with language, and a love of tennis. He died aged 89 on 30th May , at home in Los Angeles.
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A curious, wide-ranging and voracious reader, as well as a prolific writer, he published over papers and wrote or edited 12 books.
Unfailingly energetic and engaged in his work, he continued to write, lecture, supervise candidates and see patients until the last months of his life. He possessed great enthusiasm for life, as well as a lively sense of humour, a keen habit of punning and playing with language, and a love of tennis.
He died aged 89 on 30th May , at home in Los Angeles. In private practice for well over 50 years, Grotstein took a particular interest in the treatment of borderline and narcissistic disorders, and his writing often focuses on theoretical and clinical questions around these complex and challenging illnesses.
In the early s, he and several fellow analysts in a postgraduate study group invited a number of prominent Kleinian thinkers to give seminars in Los Angeles. Exposure to these theorists influenced Grotstein immeasurably and led him, in turn, to become an important teacher of Kleinian theory across the US. I speak Winnicott and Fairbairn fluently, and Lacan less fluently. But I would never want to undertake an analysis without Kohut looking over my shoulder — as one of my highly treasured guides.
However, he was also emphatic that Kleinian and Bionian theory formed the core of his thought and clinical practice, as he expressed in a late work:. He went on to be both supervised and analysed by him. This analysis was both a helpful and an inspiring experience, which lasted for six years. At times it can be difficult to discern where he judges Klein and Bion to coincide and diverge, and to unpick the richly allusive, many-layered contributions Grotstein makes to the ongoing theoretical conversation.
However, those contributions are always deeply thoughtful, steeped in theoretical understanding, and always reaching toward brighter elucidations of their thought as well as new insights of his own. Bion: The man, the psychoanalyst, the mystic. Contemporary Psychoanalysis , Splitting and Projective Identification.
New York: Jason Aronson. Psychoanalytic Psychology , 6 3 Who is the Dreamer Who Dreams the Dream? A Study of Psychic Presences. The Analytic Press. Psychoanalytic Inquiry , 24 2 Related Writers. Rachel B Blass. Elliott Jaques. Clifford Scott.
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Jeffrey L. I have fond memories of those lively group discussions which remain vivid to me today. It conveys my gratitude and admiration for his work: It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 7th Annual Evolving British Object Relations conference. And, it is my honor to introduce the keynote speaker tonight, Dr. James S. For a long time he seems to have had a particular interest in linking, comparing, and sometimes even integrating differing points of view. For example, he has written elegantly about the relationship of ego psychology to Kleinian thinking as well to British Object Relations and the independent tradition.
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November - May 30, James Grotstein, M. Jim is survived and dearly missed by his wife of 56 years, Susan, his daughter Laurie and son-in-law Jonathan Collier, his son Josh and I thoroughly enjoy, respect and puzzle over Dr Grotstein's work. Bob Harris, Group analyst, London. I wish to express condolences to the family of both Jim and Sue Grotstein.
James S. Grotstein , M. The author surveys Bion's publications and elaborates on his key contributions in depth while also critiquing them. The scope of this work is to synopsize, synthesize, and extend Bion's works in a