The Michael Fordham prize is awarded annually for the paper published in the J.A.P. in the previous year that demonstrates the most creative and original approach to clinical analytic thinking. The prize of £250 is awarded by the Editors in consultation with the Journal Editorial Committee. Michael Fordham believed that clinical work must always be at the heart of analytic thinking since it provides the data on which theory is based and the context in which it must be tested. The prize aims to promote this approach to the development of analytical psychology. The Editors will be looking for the paper that most closely meets the following criteria
Papers do not necessarily need to utilise Fordham’s own theoretical perspective but should demonstrate an attitude of open, rigorous research-minded enquiry. The prize will be awarded following publication of the November issue of the Journal and will be announced in the April edition of the following year.
Martin Schmidt’s paper ‘Psychic skin: psychotic defences, borderline process and delusions’. This paper, which also won a Gradiva award, applies the concept of psychic skin to analytic work with people suffering from personality disorders and psychoses.
Marica Rytovaara 2010
Christopher MacKenna 2009
From the numinous to the sacred
(Vol 54: 2) Absract
Richard Carvalho 2008
The final challenge: ageing, dying, individuation
(Vol. 53:1) Abstract
Jean Knox 2007
Fear of love: the denial of self in relationship
(Vol. 52:5) Abstract
Francois Martin-Vallas 2005
The transferential chimera: a clinical approach
(Vol. 51:5) Abstract
Judith Woodhead 2004
'Dialectical process’ and ‘constructive method’: micro-analysis of relational process in an example from parent-infant psychotherapy.
(Vol. 49:2) Abstract
Marcus West 2004
Identity, narcissism and the emotional core.
(Vol. 49:4) Abstract
Margaret Wilkinson 2003
Undoing trauma. Contemporary neuroscience: a Jungian clinical perspective.
Gustav Bovensiepen 2002
Symbolic attitude and reverie: problems of symbolization in children and adolescents.
(Vol. 47:2) Abstract
James Astor 2001
Is transference the 'total situation’?
(Vol. 46:3) Abstract
Mara Sidoli 2000
The little puppet: working with autistic defences in mother/infant psychotherapy.
(Vol. 45:2) Abstract
Hester Solomon 1998
The self in transformation: the passage from a two- to a three-dimensional internal world.
(Vol. 43:2) Abstract
George Bright 1997
Synchronicity as a basis of analytic attitude
(Vol. 42:4) Abstract
Giles Clark 1996
The animating body: psychoid substance as a mutal experience of psychosomatic disorder
(Vol. 41:3). Abstract