False Self: The Life of Masud Khan

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Other Press, Jan 1, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 568 pages
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Winner of the 2007 Gradiva Award and the 2006 Goethe Award for Psychoanalytic Scholarship

The definitive biography of one of the most engaging figures of British psychoanalysis.

Both gifted analyst and generational bete noire, M. Masud R. Khan (1924–1989) exposed through his candor and scandalous behavior the bigotry of his proponents turned detractors. The son of a wealthy landowner in rural India (now Pakistan), Khan grew up in a world of privilege that was radically different from the Western lifestyle he would adopt after moving to London. Notorious for his flamboyant personality and, at first, widely acknowledged as a brilliant clinician, Khan was closely connected to some of the most creative and accomplished individuals of his time, including Donald Woods Winnicott, Anna Freud, Robert Stoller, Michael Redgrave, Julie Andrews, Rudolph Nureyev, and many more.

Khan's subsequent downfall, which is powerfully narrated in this biography, offers interesting insights not only into Khan's psychic fragility but into the world of intrigues and deceptions pervasive in the psychoanalytic community of the time. In telling the story of this provocative man, Linda Hopkins makes use of unprecedented access to a complete copy of Khan's unpublished Work Books, which are quoted extensively. Additionally, she conducted innumerable interviews with Khan's peers, relatives, and analysands in order to provide an in-depth and balanced account of Masud Khan as a talented and deeply conflicted individual.

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A psychoanalytical star comes in for close analysis and is found deeply wanting.Masud Khan (1924-89) came to London in something of the same way Ramu Gupta comes to New York in the 2002 film The Guru ... Read full review

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Beginning with Sigmund Freud, psychoanalysts have been fair game for biographers. Both groups study the arranged marriage of soma and psyche, and Masud Khan (1924-89) is a perfect subject. In this ... Read full review


A Misunderstanding
Chapter First Years of Training and Personal Life in the West
Settling In and Starting Analysis with Winnicott

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Linda Hopkins, Ph.D.

Linda Hopkins, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis certified analyst. Formerly an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Temple University Medical School, she is now in full-time private practice at Clinical Associates Main Line in Wayne, Pennsylvania.