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39 Introduction to the Work of Melanie Klein Melanie Klein, in E n v and Gratitude makes a proper distinction between the emotions of envy and jealousy. She considers envy to be the earlier of the two, and shows that envy is one of the most primitive and fundamental emotions. Early envy has to be differentiated from jealousy and from greed. Jealousy is based on love an$ aims at the possession of the loved object and the removal of the rival. It pertains to a triangular relationship and therefore to a time of life when objects are clearly recognized and differentiated from one another.
She didn’t know what the flower she had given me was called. ” As she painted the fox on the floor, using glue as her paint, she went on chatting about foxes. “They creep in without anybody noticing. ” T h Paranoid-Schizoid Position 29 So the “foxglove” flower which she had offered me was an expression of the “slippery fox” part of her personality. I t was the bad, damaging “slippery fox” part of herself (which was also identified with her father’s penis) which she wanted to slip into me so that it should continue to live inside me and destroy my eggs and my babies.
I n the transference, competition for me as a motherrfigure overshadowed completely rivalry with me. Eventually, however, some direct oedipal material could be worked through. At this time I was probably not sufficiently aware of the importance of split-off envy, otherwise I would have been more on the lookout for splitsff envious feelings when faced with the patient’s resistance to feelings of rivalry in the transference, as well as her marked inhibition in ambition. She could work professionally because of her great interest in the work and its strongly reparative meaning to her, but any awareness of her own ambitious aims would quickly lead to inhibitions in work.