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Author Steiner, John, 1934-

Title Psychic retreats : pathological organizations in psychotic, neurotic, and borderline patients / John Steiner ; foreword by Roy Schafer
Published London ; New York : Routledge, 1993


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 W'PONDS  616.85 Ste/Prp  DUE 07-06-19
Description xiii, 162 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Series New library of psychoanalysis ; 19
New library of psychoanalysis ; 19
Contents Foreword / Roy Schafer -- 1. A theory of psychic retreats -- 2. Psychic retreats: a clinical illustration -- 3. The paranoid-schizoid and depressive positions -- 4. Review: narcissistic object relations and pathological organizations of the personality -- 5. The recovery of parts of the self lost through projective identification: the role of mourning -- 6. The retreat to a delusional world: psychotic organizations of the personality -- 7. Revenge, resentment, remorse and reparation -- 8. The relationship to reality in psychic retreats -- 9. Perverse relationships in pathological organizations -- 10. Two types of pathological organization in Oedipus the King and Oedipus at Colonus -- 11. Problems of psychoanalytic technique: patient-centred and analyst-centred interpretations
Summary Essentially clinical in its approach, Psychic Retreats discusses the problem of patients who are 'stuck' and with whom it is difficult to make meaningful contact. John Steiner, an experienced psychoanalyst, uses new developments in Kleinian theory to explain how this happens. He examines the way object relationships and defences can be organized into complex structures which lead to a personality and an analysis becoming rigid and stuck, with little opportunity for development or change. These systems of defences are pathological organisations of the personality: John Steiner
Analysis Personality disorders Therapy
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 147-155) and indexs
Notes Legacy 2017 UoY
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Subject Borderline personality disorder.
Defense mechanisms (Psychology)
Object relations (Psychoanalysis)
Borderline Personality Disorder.
Neurotic Disorders.
Psychoanalytic Therapy -- methods.
Psychotic Disorders.
Genre/Form Catalogs.
Author ebrary, Inc.
LC no. 92048548
ISBN 0415099234 (HB)
0415099242 (PB)
OTHER TI Ebrary Academic Complete Subscription Collection