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On Bearing Unbearable States of Mind
     

On Bearing Unbearable States of Mind

by Ruth Riesenberg-Malcolm
 

This is a problem almost all practising psychoanalysts will face at some time in their career, yet there is very little in the existing literature which offers guidance in this important area.

On Bearing Unbearable States of Mind provides clear guidance on how the analyst can encourage the patient to communicate the quality of their often

Overview

This is a problem almost all practising psychoanalysts will face at some time in their career, yet there is very little in the existing literature which offers guidance in this important area.

On Bearing Unbearable States of Mind provides clear guidance on how the analyst can encourage the patient to communicate the quality of their often intolerably painful states of mind, and how he/she can interpret these states, using them as a basis for insight and psychic change in the patient. Employing extensive and detailed clinical examples, and addressing important areas of Kleinian theory, the author examines the problems that underlie severe pathology, and shows how meaningful analytic work can take place, even with very disturbed patients.

On Bearing Unbearable States of Mind will be a useful and practical guide for psychoanalysts and psychotherapists, and all those working in psychological settings with severely disturbed patients.

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London psychoanalyst offers guidance on how other analysts can encourage patients to communicate the quality of their often intolerably painful states of mind, interpret these states, and use them as a basis for insight and psychic change in the patients. She uses detailed clinical examples and addresses important areas of Kleinian theory to show how meaningful analytic work can take place even with very disturbed patients. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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I was most struck by the details of her clinical work with the array of patients that constitutes an analyst's practice. Firmly based in Kleinian theory and technique, Riesenberg-Malcolm shows sensitivity in working closely with the clinical material of patients who represent the severe psychopathologies. Her elaborate descriptions of clinical material, startin in the first paper in the collection, on "The Mirror", allow readers to immerse themselves within the deeply disturbing world of perversion and borderline-psychotic states. Even from a differing clinical vantage point one can follow her clinical logic through the evolution of her interpretations. Excellent case descriptions permit us to form our own ideas about etiology and clinical intervention, a possibility not always afforded readers when briefer vignettes are provided. - Abbot A.Bronstein, IJPA 83 (1), 2002

'...a remarkable series of papers, noteworthy for their clarity on what many analysts are concerned with today: the complex issue of the positions of mutual influence in the consulting-room - the ways in which the patient through projective identification exerts a subtle pressure on the analyst to recreate early object relations and the manner in which the analyst as a recipient of these projections is inevitably drawn into this in some way, and under these pressures is 'recruited' to enact something of the patient's disturbing primitive object relations. ...Therapists will be richly rewarded by the thoughtful and detailed descriptions of analytic work with patients who often seem unreachable. I believe they will find their clinical thinking deepened and challenged by this book.' - Erika Bard, Member of the British Psychoanalytical Society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781134627790
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/02/2003
Series:
New Library of Psychoanalysis
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
216
File size:
344 KB

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