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Boundaries and Boundary Violations in Psychoanalysis
     

Boundaries and Boundary Violations in Psychoanalysis

by Glen Gabbard, Eva P. Lester
 

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In this volume, Glen O. Gabbard and Eva P. Lester take on the delicate and crucial issue of boundaries in psychoanalysis. With clarity and balance, Boundaries and Boundary Violations in Psychoanalysis develops linkages between the psychoanalytic literature on intrapsychic boundaries and the newer literature on analytic boundaries between patient and analyst.

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In this volume, Glen O. Gabbard and Eva P. Lester take on the delicate and crucial issue of boundaries in psychoanalysis. With clarity and balance, Boundaries and Boundary Violations in Psychoanalysis develops linkages between the psychoanalytic literature on intrapsychic boundaries and the newer literature on analytic boundaries between patient and analyst.

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3 Stars from Doody
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Reviewer: Brett C. Plyler, M.D.(Northwestern Memorial Hospital)
Description: This is the second edition of a book on boundary violations in therapeutic work. The first edition was published in 1994.
Purpose: The purpose is to explore and understand boundary violations between patient and therapist.
Audience: The audience includes anyone conducting psychotherapy.
Features: This edition has new material on the role suicidality plays in sexual boundary violations and in cyberspace boundary issues. The first part of the book focuses on the history and pathogenesis of boundary violations. The middle chapters discuss suicidality in boundary violations, nonsexual boundary violations, post-termination violations, and cyberspace boundary problems. The last chapters examine how analytic institutes manage these boundary issues and the impact on patients. The final chapter presents the issue of prevention of these occurrences in the analytic field. The book is accessible and well written. It is comprehensive in its examination of boundary violations despite the difficult nature of the topic. The discussion of cyberspace boundary violations is an important update. The references are thorough and extensive, and the index useful.
Assessment: This is an excellent and necessary second edition. Dr. Gabbard continues to explore a very difficult and often unspoken topic. Though it can be titillating to read about the transgressions of others, this book serves as a warning to anyone practicing psychotherapy. The updated chapter on cyberspace is particularly important, and I found his discussion of the pathogenesis of sexual boundary violations outstanding. The chapters on nonsexual and supervisory boundary violations are also extremely important, if less salacious. The only negative comes in Dr. Gabbard's pessimism about prevention — he feels that these boundary violations will continue to occur despite increased awareness and changes in the field. Overall, I would strongly recommend this book to anyone working in psychotherapy.
Psychoanalytic Dialogues Stephen A. Mitchell Ph.D.

An important book for clinicians at all levels of experience.

Stephen A. Mitchell Ph.D.
An important book for clinicians at all levels of experience.

(Psychoanalytic Dialogues)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465095773
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
01/28/1995
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.48(h) x 0.91(d)
Lexile:
1390L (what's this?)

What People are Saying About This

Stephen A. Mitchell
An important book for clinicians at all levels of experience.(Psychoanalytic Dialogues)
Andrea Celenza

In this state-of-the-art edition, Glen Gabbard offers a comprehensive overview of past wisdom and current insights into the persistent problem of boundaries and boundary violations. Written in his usual accessible style, this book spans a wide range in the most deeply thoughtful manner. He never shies away from inconvenient truths of this complex yet rarely traversed terrain. Gabbard courageously made this taboo subject discussable; now he keeps us up to date as well. All mental health professionals should learn this essential knowledge from the 'venerable master' himself.

Axel Hoffer

Psychoanalysis at its most lucid best.

Ethel Spector Person

A standard reference for years to come.

Adrienne Harris

Gabbard's stance is emotional, clear-eyed, compassionate, ethically driven. He is our ideal writer on this topic. What is finally clear, alongside Gabbard's pessimism about the management or eradication of these transgressions, is that any advance in understanding and containing the destructive and self-destructive forces in boundary violations will require all of us both to think self reflectively and to be in dialogue with each other.

New York University Adrienne Harris

Gabbard's stance is emotional, clear-eyed, compassionate, ethically driven. He is our ideal writer on this topic. What is finally clear, alongside Gabbard's pessimism about the management or eradication of these transgressions, is that any advance in understanding and containing the destructive and self-destructive forces in boundary violations will require all of us both to think self reflectively and to be in dialogue with each other.

Meet the Author

Glen O. Gabbard, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine and Training and Supervising Analyst at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in Houston, Texas.

American Psychiatric Publishing

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