Trigant Burrow and the Social World

Drury, N
Tudor, K
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This paper reviews significant aspects of the work of Trigant Burrow (1875–1950), an early psychoanalyst who, while less well known than many of his contemporaries, was, as a number of commentators have argued, well ahead of his time. This article discusses four areas of his theory: the preconscious, the nest instinct, and the love subject; primary unity, primary intersubjectivity, and the “I” persona; social images, social neurosis, and the social unconscious; and, finally, group, community, and society. The article argues that the study of Burrow's work is important, firstly, in recognizing the historical antecedents of what may be viewed as a social turn in both psychoanalysis and psychotherapy; and, secondly, in helping psychoanalytic thinking to be more open to diversity with regard to marginalized theory and people.

Group analysis; Group therapy; Marginalization; Nest instinct; Primary intersubjectivity; Primary unity; Social images; Social neurosis; Social psychiatry; Social unconscious; The “I” persona; Trigant Burrow
International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 19( 2), 187– 201.
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