Ego And Analysis Of Defense / Edition 1

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Overview

The Ego and Analysis of Defense, by Paul Gray, without a doubt represents a major advance in analytic technique. How therapists listen and what they do with what they hear must be the primary issues that any technical approach addresses. Paul Gray shows how technique has, until now, lagged far behind theory in addressing these and other important questions. This book is essential reading for every practicing clinician.

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Editorial Reviews

Roy Schafer
Paul Gray shows just what it takes to carry out the analysis of the ego, most of all the analysis of defense. An acknowledged master practitioner and teacher, he practices what he teaches, maximizing the patient's experiencing the flow of moments in the here-and-now clinical setting and relationship. This he does by steadily using and developing the patient's own powers of self-observation. An added benefit is an excellent section on supervision. Combining a firm allegiance to psychoanalytic tradition with expertise on the cutting edge of clinical work, Paul Gray's book meets a basic need that will be felt for as long as psychoanalysis lives; it is the need to maintain a focus 'not on the life,' as he says, but on the psyche that both makes that life and copes with it, often all too blindly.
Arnold Richards
Paul Gray challenges us to get rid of the last vestiges of our hypnotic-authoritarian roots and to refine a technique emphasizing the collaborative analytic effort to comprehend the patient's mind at work. The Ego and Analysis of Defense will be read with admiration for Dr. Gray's scholarship and creativity; at the end the reader will find Gray's position compelling, his argument sound. He is one of a small group of psychoanalysts who have earned the rank of master.
Scitech Book News
This volume reflects Gray's constant emphasis on the centrality of listening in psychoanalytic technique. Gray demystifies and defines the necessary ego capacities within both the analyst and patient and explicates the technical focus and tools required by the analyst and the resistance used by patients.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568211923
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Gray spent his early years in South Dakota, then went on to the University of Chicago where he earned a B.A. and an M.D. At 25 he began analytic training and the practice of Psychiatry in Washington, D.C. For the past quarter of a century his scientific interests and contributions to the major journals have centered on the theory and practice of psychoanalytic technique. As a training and supervising analyst with the Baltimore-Washington Institute for Psycho-analysis he has for many years taught candidates and graduates, as well as social workers and psychiatric residents in the community. Elected twice as Councillor-at Large, his activities with the American Psychoanalytic Association also included serving on several of its Committees, and as Plenary Speaker in 1990. For over thirty years he has been a regular participant in the semi-annual work of the Center for Advanced Psychoanalytic Studies, held at Princeton, N.J.

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the second edition
Foreword
1 The capacity for viewing intrapsychic activity 3
2 "Developmental lag" in the evolution of technique 27
3 On helping analysands observe intrapsychic activity 63
4 The nature of therapeutic action in psychoanalysis 87
5 The analysis of the ego's inhibiting superego activities 103
6 The analysis of the ego's permissive superego 129
7 Memory as resistance, and the telling of a dream 151
8 A guide to analysis of the ego in conflict 173
9 Brief psychotherapy, dynamic psychotherapy, and psychoanalysis 193
10 The ego's predictable response to the unfamiliar analytic situation 201
11 Reflections on supervision 207
12 Elements of supervision 213
13 A conversation with Paul Gray 221
14 Undoing the lag in the technique of conflict and defense analysis 231
15 Facilitating the analysis of conflicted drive derivatives of aggression 251
16 Close process attention and termination 273
17 A brief historical perspective regarding defenses against instinctual drive derivatives reaching consciousness 283
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