Aggression in Personality Disorders and Perversionsby Otto Kernberg
Pub. Date: 09/01/1995
Publisher: Yale University Press
In this important book, one of the world's foremost psychoanalysts explores the role of aggression in severe personality disorders and in normal and perverse sexuality, integrating new developments in psychoanalystic theory with findings from clinical work with severely regressed patients.
- Yale University Press
- Publication date:
- Edition description:
- Product dimensions:
- 6.25(w) x 9.50(h) x (d)
and post it to your social network
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
See all customer reviews >
Kernberg has arguably contributed more than anyone - even more than Kohut - to the understanding of borderline conditions and pathological narcissism. He is both a formidable theoretician and an outstanding clinician. This - a small part of his prodigious and erudite output - is a detailed and scholarly study of the role played in the dynamics of relationships by narcissism, aggression - both self-directed (as in masochism) and other-directed (as in sadism) - and the resulting perversions. It is disturbing to learn how central the role of hatred, envy and other transformations of aggression is in relationships and in antisocial behavior. There is a direct path from regressive infantilism to psychosis and sexual deviance (and one may add to political oppression). This tome is one of the best anatomies of psychological defenses gone awry. Sam Vaknin, author of 'Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited'.