Psychopathology: Contemporary Jungian Perspectives by Andrew Samuels

By Andrew Samuels

An excellent selection of papers written by way of Jungian analysts from diversified faculties of analytical psychology on a number of points of psychopathology. the topics coated comprise: melancholy, anorexia, schizoid character, narcissistic character illness, mania, psychosis, paranoia, masochism, fetishism, transvestisism, perversion, marital disorder, survivor syndrome, and previous age.The members, who contain probably the most inventive and distinctive clinicians within the Jungian global this day, are: Gustav Dreifuss, Alan Edwards, Michael Fordham, C.T. Frey-Wehrlin, Rosemary Gordon, Judith Hubback, Peer Hultberg, Mario Jacoby, Thomas Kirsch, Rushi Ledermann, Fred Plaut, Joseph Redfearn, Nathan Schwartz-Salant, Eva Seligman, Anthony Storr, Mary Williams and Luigi Zoja.The publication is meant to attraction past the Jungian group, and the editor's introductory comments which precede every one paper spotlight (and the place priceless clarify) strategies and attitudes which look exact to analytical psychology. during this means, psychoanalytically and eclectically oriented practitioners could make complete use of this e-book.

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Narcissism and the search for interiority. Quadrant, 13:2. L e d e r m a n n , R. (1982). Narcissistic disorder and its treatment. Journal of Analytical Psychology 27:4. Narcissism and Character Transformation. Schwartz-Salant, N . (1982). Toronto: I n n e r C i t y Books. CHAPTER TWO Success, retreat, panic: over-stimulation and depressive defence PeerHultberg Hultberg's use of the concept of over-stimulation enables him to throw new light on depression, grandiosity and mania. The secret presence of grandiose phantasies attached to what would otherwise be realistic achievements in the concrete world makes these achievements feel like threats to psychic integration itself.

We are concerned with more than the familiar process of enabling 32 JUDITH HUBBACK the patient to separate out from his mother and to develop firm (but not rigid) boundaries between himself and every later representative of the first object, that first partner. Rather, our focus is on the task of analysing his phantasies about his mother's inner life. They cannot be assumed to be totally fantastic, or 'merely* subjective. The analyst's familiarity with her own inner life and willingness to use it indirectly in her work will be a major factor in analysing the patient effectively.

The violinist lived like that for the rest of her life, contenting herself with a job that she found rather mundane; although her decision was naturally supported later by other defence mechanisms such as intellec­ tualization, rationalization, and ideological and ethical argu­ ments. From a Jungian point of view, one notices here the resem­ blance, especially i n the latter case, of this sequence of events to Jung's concept of'the regressive restoration of the persona'.

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