Melanie Klein

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Melanie Klein in 1952

Melanie Reizes Klein (30 March 188222 September 1960) was an Austrian-born British psychoanalyst who devised novel therapeutic techniques for children that had an impact on child psychology and contemporary psychoanalysis.


  • Feelings of love and gratitude arise directly and spontaneously in the baby in response to the love and care of his mother.
    • Klein (1937, p. 311) as cited in: David Mann (2013) Love and Hate: Psychoanalytic Perspectives. p. 79

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