This title consists of a diverse series of contributions and reflections on couples and the Oedipus complex from leading psychotherapists and psychoanalysts in the couples field.
All contributors base their theories on a contemporary Kleinian/object-relations psychoanalytic viewpoint and this helps the reader feel that there is a basic underlying unity to facilitate meaningful links between the ideas and themes in different chapters.
The chapters have been organized into three sections.
Whilst united in the focus on the Oedipus situation, the individual styles and voices of the authors are very varied.
The first three chapters are primarily theoretical. The second section comprises chapters that make use of artistic and cultural themes from the worlds of literature and film to explore Oedipal couple issues.
The final section consists of chapters that are specifically clinical in their focus.
The manifest focus in most chapters is on the couple, but there are variations on this theme.