chapter  XXI
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The Depressive Position in Normal Emotional Development 1954

THIS IS AN ATTEMPT to give a personal account of Melanie Klein's concept of the Depressive Position. To be fair to her I ought to state that I was not in analysis with her, nor with anyone analysed by her. I was drawn to study her contribution by its value for me in my own work with children, and I received instruction from her between 1935 and 1940 in case supervision. Klein's own account is to be found in her writings (1935, 1940).