Love, guilt and reparation and other works 1921-1945
This work shows the growth of Klein's work and ideas between 1921 and 1945.
The earlier papers reveal her intense preoccupation with the impact of infant anxieties upon child development.
She traces these influences on criminality and childhood psychosis, symbol formation and intellectual inhibition and the early development of conscience.
In the final paper on the Oedipus complex, Klein develops her theories of the earliest stages of infant development, extending Freud's analysis of the Oedipus complex and laying a basis for her own subsequent conceptualizing of the paranoid-schizoid position in the first six months of life.