The papers of Edna O’Shaughnessy are among the finest to be found in psychoanalytic writing.  Her work is unified not so much by its subject matter, which is diverse, but by her underlying preoccupations, including the nature of psychic reality and subjectivity, and the psychic limits of endurance and reparation.

Here a selection of her work, edited and with an introduction by Richard Rusbridger, is brought together in a collection which demonstrates the contribution that O’Shaughnessy has made to many areas of psychoanalysis, from personality organisations, the superego, psychic refuges and the Oedipus complex to the subject of whether a liar can be psychoanalysed. Inquiries in Psychoanalysis is a record of clinical work and thinking over sixty years of psychoanalytic practice with children and adults.

This wide-ranging selection of work will be essential reading for psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and students.

chapter |16 pages


part |2 pages

Part I Papers

chapter 1|13 pages

The absent object

chapter 5|15 pages

Words and working through

chapter 7|16 pages

The invisible Oedipus complex

chapter 9|15 pages

Can a liar be psychoanalysed?

chapter 10|14 pages

Enclaves and excursions

chapter 12|14 pages

What is a clinical fact?

chapter 13|14 pages

Relating to the superego

chapter 14|11 pages

Dreaming and not dreaming

chapter 16|7 pages

Whose Bion?

chapter 17|10 pages

Mental connectedness

chapter 18|14 pages


chapter 19|13 pages

On gratitude

chapter 20|12 pages

Where is here? When is now?