Dr Graham Clarke

Dr Graham Clarke - click for larger viewI have a background in architecture, computer science and psychoanalytic studies. My research interests are in intelligent buildings and psychoanalytic theory. I am primarily interested in the work of Ronald Fairbairn and developing his object relations approach to psychoanalysis. The following is a list of my psychoanalytic studies publications. If you are interested in discussing Fairbairn and object relations approaches to psychoanalysis you should email "graham" at the University of Essex i.e. essex.ac.uk

Psychoanalytic Studies Publications


Fairbairn and the object relations tradition (2014), Edited with David Scharff, London, Karnac

Personal Relations Theory: Fairbairn, Macmurray and Suttie (2006), London: Routledge



Evelyn's PhD in Wellness - A Fairbairnian Understanding of the Therapeutic Relationship With a Woman With Dissociative Identity Disorder. Attachment: New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis. Vol.6 No.1 (2012) London:Karnac.  Co-authored with Paul Finnegan, Toronto, Canada.

Failures of the 'moral defence' in the films Shutter Island, Inception and Memento: Narcissism or schizoid personality disorder? The International Journal of Psychoanalysis Vol., 93, Issue 1, pages 203-218, February 2012.

'Suttie's influence on Fairbairn's object relations theory'. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. Vol 58 Issue 5 Oct 2011 939-960

Fairbairns' Thinking on Dissociative Identity Disorder and the Development of his Mature Theory. Attachment: New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis. 2011, Vol.5 No.2 co-authored with  Paul Finnegan.

'The Internal Conversation: A Personal Relations Theory Perspective', Journal of Critical Realism, 2008, 7(1): 57-82.

Notes on the origins of "Personal Relations Theory" in aspects of social thinking of the Scottish Enlightenment, Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society 2008, 13, 325-334.

The preconscious and psychic change in Fairbairn's model of mind', International Journal of Psychoanalysis, February 2005, 86(1):61-77.

An object-relations theory of creativity: Fairbairn's theory of art in the light of his mature model of mind, Journal of the British Association of Psychotherapists, 42, 128-143, 2004.

Fairbairn and Macmurray: psychoanalytic studies and critical realism, Journal of Critical Realism 2:1, November 2003.

L.A. Confidential: object relations and psychic growth, British Journal of Psychotherapy, March 2003.

Notes towards an object relations view of cinema, Free Associations, 4, 3 (1994): 369-390.

Book Chapter

Personal Relations Theory. In Scharff, J.S. and Scharff, D.E. (eds), 'The Legacy of Fairbairn and Sutherland', 2005, Chapter 21. London: Routledge.

Conference papers

Psychic growth and creativity. Presented at 'Ronald Fairbairn and the object relations tradition'. Conference 7th-9th March 2014 at the Freud Museum and Anna Freud Centre. Organised by Ivan Ward for Freud Museum, David Scharff and Graham Clarke.

Fairbairn and Ferenczi. Presented at International Ferenczi Conference, 'Faces of trauma', Budapest, 31st May - 3rd June 2012.

Personal Relations Theory. Presented at the 'Legacy of Fairbairn and Sutherland' Conference, Edinburgh, August 2003.

The Piano Teacher: object relations and psychic disintegration, presented at the Culture and the Unconscious conference at SOAS, London, July 2003.


Fairbairn's psychology of dynamic structure: psychic growth, creativity and mature dependence, PhD Thesis, Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex, 2002.

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