Aggression In Personality Disorders And Perversions

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300065084
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1995
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 989,674
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

I The Role of Affects in Psychoanalytic Theory
1 New Perspectives on Drive Theory 3
2 The Psychopathology of Hatred 21
II Developmental Aspects of Broad-Spectrum Personality Disorders
3 Clinical Dimensions of Masochism 35
4 Hysterical and Histrionic Personality Disorders 52
5 Antisocial and Narcissistic Personality Disorders 67
III Clinical Applications of Object Relations Theory
6 Object Relations Theory in Clinical Practice 87
7 An Ego Psychology-Object Relations Theory Approach to the Transference 103
8 An Ego Psychology-Object Relations Theory of Structural Change 119
9 Transference Regression and Psychoanalytic Technique with Infantile Personalities 140
IV Technical Approaches to Severe Regression
10 Projection and Projective Identification: Developmental and Clinical Aspects 159
11 Projective Identification, Countertransference, and Hospital Treatment 175
12 Identification and Its Vicissitudes as Observed in Psychosis 193
13 Vicissitudes of and Pleasure in Hatred 211
14 Psychopathic, Paranoid, and Depressive Transferences 222
V The Psychodynamics of Perversion
15 The Relation of Borderline Personality Organization to the Perversions 247
16 A Theoretical Frame for the Study of Sexual Perversions 263
17 A Conceptual Model for Male Perversion (with Particular Reference to Male Homosexuality) 277
References 293
Permissions 305
Index 307
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2003

    The Infant and the Deviant

    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'.

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