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By Roger Money-Kyrle, Meg Harris Williams

This new version of Roger Money-Kyrle’s vintage paintings is released including 3 of his past due papers, "Cognitive development", "The target of psychoanalysis", and "On being a psychoanalyst". Its purpose is to introduce new readers to this key Kleinian philosopher, whose effect has been quiet and uncontroversial yet deep and formative. The booklet additionally comprises Donald Meltzer’s dialogue of the paper on "Cognitive development".

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But there is much analytic evidence that in our own species such an overriding purpose does exist, always unconsciously, INSTINCT AND EVOLUTION 37 sometimes consciously as well, and that at least in its general and perhaps even in its specific form it is in some sense innate. It is, I suggest, this purpose of our own that we tend, in poetic or religious flights of imagination, to project, so that nature appears to us to be unfolding a design vaguely conceived of as the production of something perfect and immortal, unconsciously equated with a superior version of ourselves.

They are terrified of the imaginary tiger under the bed, which is a projection of their own aggressiveness. ) Remembering that fear and anger are readily interchangeable emotions, we can combine the arguments of the preceding 40 MAN’S PICTURE OF HIS WORLD paragraphs to arrive at the hypothesis that the death impulse was evolved because it admirably fulfilled a double function: in its primary form it provided the basis for fear, and in its secondary outward-directed form it equipped us with anger.

R. -K. London, May 1960 CHAPTER ONE The nature of the evidence1 B efore trying to give an outline of psychoanalytic theory, something should be said about the evidence on which it is based – especially as this is so often questioned. Moreover, according to some methodologists, we must be able to do more than quote positive evidence in its support. There are pseudo-sciences, such as astrology, which are so elastic, which admit the introduction of so many additional hypotheses to explain away unwelcome facts, that they effectively resist disproof.

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