The work of WRD Fairbairn

Fairbairn, W.D. (1952). Psychoanalytic Studies of the Personality. London: Tavistock Publications Limited. […]

Fairbairn, W.D. (1963). Synopsis of an Object-Relations Theory of the Personality. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 44:224-225. […]

Fairbairn, W.D. (1959). Selected Contributions to Psycho-Analysis: By John Rickman. International Psycho-Analytical Library, No. 52. (London: Hogarth Press and Institute of Psycho-Analysis. Pp. 411. 1957. 30s. net.). Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 40:341-342. […]

Fairbairn, W.D. (1958). On the Nature and Aims of Psycho-Analytical Treatment. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 39:374-385. […]

Fairbairn, W.D. (1955). The Six Schizophrenias. Reaction Patterns in Children and Adults: By Samuel J. Beck, Ph.D. (New York: American Orthopsychiatric Association Inc., 1954. Pp. xii + 238. $5.00.). Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 36:414-415. […]

Fairbairn, W.D. (1955). Psychological Reflections: An Anthology of the Writings of C. G. Jung. Selected and edited by Jolande Jacobi. (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1953. Pp. xxvii + 342. 30 s.). Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 36:362. […]

Fairbairn, W.D. (1946). Object-Relationships and Dynamic Structure. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 27:30-37.

Fairbairn, W.D. (1944). Endopsychic Structure Considered in Terms of Object-Relationships. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 25:70-92.

Works related to WRD Fairbairn

From Instinct to Self: Selected Papers of W. R. D. Fairbairn, in 2 vols, ed. Ellinor Fairbairn Birtles and David Scharff (Aronson, 1988 & 1994).

Fairbairn Then and Now, ed. Neil Skolnick and David Scharff, (Analytic Press, 1998).

Fairbairn and Relational Theory, ed. Frederico Pereira and David Scharff (Karnac, 2002).

Fairbairn and the Origins of Object Relations, ed. James Grotstein and Donald Rinsley (Free Association, 1994).

Fairbairn’s Journey into the Interior, by John Sutherland (Free Association, 1989).

Personal Relations Theory, by Graham S. Clarke (Routledge, 2006).

Publications by SAPP members

Link to recent publication by members of SAPP:


2018: Couples come in twos and threes: an oedipal perspective. In: A. Novakovic & M. Reid (Eds.), Couple Stories (pp. 135-140). London: Taylor & Francis.

2016 Do Ronald Fairbairn’s Ideas Still Speak Usefully to 21st Century Couple Therapists? fort da, XXII, (2), 12-26.

2014: The perinatally depressed couple and the work of mourning: a development
. In: K. Cullen, E. Bondi, J. Fewell, E. Francis, & M. Ludlam. Making Spaces:
Putting Psychoanalytic Thinking to Work, (pp. 109-125). London: Karnac.

2014: “Sitting with Marital Tensions: The work of Henry Dicks in applying Fairbairn’s ideas to couple relationships”. In: G. S. Clarke & D.E. Scharff (Eds.). (pp. 175-184). Fairbairn and the Object Relations Tradition. London: Karnac.

2014: “Failure in couple relationships – and in couple psychotherapy”. In: B. Willock, R.
Coleman Curtis, & L.C. Bohm (Eds). Understanding and coping with failure:
psychoanalytic perspectives, (pp. 65 -71). London and New York: Routledge.

2011 – 2019: (Ed.). Couple and Family Psychoanalysis. Vols. I-IX. London: Karnac.

2008: “The longing to become a family”, and (with F. Calvocoressi) “Shared reflections on parallel collaborative work with adoptive families”. In: D. Hindle, & G. Shulman,
(Eds.), The Emotional Experience of Adoption, (pp. 177-191). London & New York: Routledge.

2007: Co-edited with V. Nyberg Couple Attachments: Theoretical and Clinical Studies,
London: Karnac.

2006: “Psychotherapy for the Parents as a Couple”. In: D.E. Scharff & J. Savege Scharff,
(Eds.), New paradigms for treating relationships, (pp). 87-98. Lanham M.D.: Jason Aronson.

2005: “The Parental Couple: Issues for Psychotherapeutic Practice,” Sexual and
Relationship Therapy, 20, (3): 323-332.