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From the Publisher“In a volume destined to become a landmark publication, Susan Miller has once again mined a topic that, to our detriment, has been neglected in psychoanalytic circles. Disgust: The Gatekeeper Emotion is a tour de force, filled with fascinating clinical material, laced with nuggets from poetry and literature, and augmented with a wealth of knowledge of psychoanalytic theory. How has Miller managed to write about such an apparently unsavory topic in such an absorbing, luscious, clinically compelling way? This remarkable achievement will be considered essential reading for practitioners and students alike for years to come.”
- Kathryn J. Zerbe, M.D., Director of Psychiatric Outpatient Services, Oregon Health & Science University
"What Susan Miller previously achieved in her authoritative discourse on shame pertains equally to her rich, wide-ranging consideration of disgust. She brings to our attention the significance of this 'distasteful' affect and gives it the stature of a major negative emotion, a companion of shame, terror, and humiliation. Disgust is a response to something foreign, someone or something outside the self; the Other is bad and must be distanced. Miller illustrates her points with useful clinical examples and evocative historical and cultural precedents. This beautifully written volume adds greatly to the clinician's depth of understanding and range of interventions."
- Andrew Morrison, M.D., Author, Shame: The Underside of Narcissism (Analytic Press, 1989)