International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Informative Article | Psychology | United States of America | Volume 12 Issue 10, October 2023 | Rating: 4.4 / 10

An Existential Perspective of Melanie Klein: A Novel Summarized Biographical Frame

Alexander G. Fowler [3]

Abstract: In the present exploration, we probe the existential intricacies of the highly esteemed psychoanalytic thinker, Melanie Klein, born to a Jewish lineage in late 19th - century Austria, who confronted pervasive prejudice and was not afraid to challenge dogmas and mores with which she disagreed with little regard for the consequences. This treatise elucidates Klein's existential challenges, from role dissolution and profound isolation to confronting the abyss of existential crises. Interpreting her life's events, from academic withdrawal to familial complexities and professional labyrinthine nuances, we illuminate them through existential themes of mortality, loneliness, the loss of freedom, and the quest of becoming ourselves. The salience of such an existential framework is emphasized and its use in therapy is presented clearly albeit indirectly. The aim is that this composition will serve to not only conceptualize her life from an existential perspective but to concomitantly examine her many patent existential struggles in shaping she who came to be Melanie Klein.

Keywords: Melanie Klein, Kleinian, Existential, Psychology, Psychoanalysis, Philosophical Psychology

Edition: Volume 12 Issue 10, October 2023,

Pages: 1566 - 1569

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