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The Ego and Analysis of Defense
     

The Ego and Analysis of Defense

by Paul Gray
 

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The Ego and Analysis of Defense, by Paul Gray, without a doubt represents a major advance in analytic technique. This book, together with the series of seminal journal articles he published over the past 30 years are a testament to Gray's pioneering intellect. They have stirred up enormous interest and controversy about the most important part of psychoanalytic

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The Ego and Analysis of Defense, by Paul Gray, without a doubt represents a major advance in analytic technique. This book, together with the series of seminal journal articles he published over the past 30 years are a testament to Gray's pioneering intellect. They have stirred up enormous interest and controversy about the most important part of psychoanalytic technique: how the analyst listens. This second edition of Gray's book contains four additional papers, two of them known to his readership from their publication in 1996 and 2000. The two others contain ideas not published before.

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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.
Arnold D. Richards M.D.
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781461631224
Publisher:
Aronson, Jason Inc.
Publication date:
04/14/2005
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
360
File size:
2 MB

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Dorothy Holmes, Ph.D.
With perfect clarity this book informs the mental health practitioner and scholar on the essential nature of psychoanalysis. It demystifies and defines the ego capacities within the analyst and the patient necessary to do the work of analysis. The technical focus and tools required of the analyst are beautifully explicated, as are multiple sources and contents of resistance inevitably used by patients during the course of treatment. The personal and theoretical difficulties therapists face in doing defense analysis also are brought to light.... The complete anatomy of this method of analysis is drawn...with illuminating clinical examples....This book is equally as useful for supervisors of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy as it is for practitioners, for it offers an exclusive model of the process of supervision that compliments the recommended treatment approach. In its fairness and lucidity, The Ego and Analysis of Defense makes... the technique in defense analysis eminently understandable.
Arnold Richards, M.D.
... 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 Tray's precision compelling, his argument sound. He's one of the small group of psychoanalysts who have earned the rank of master.

Meet the Author

Paul Gray earned his B.A. and M.D. degrees at the University of Chicago. As a training and supervising analyst with the Baltimore-Washington Institute for Psychoanalysis for many years, he taught candidates and graduates, as well as social workers and psychiatric residents in the community. Elected twice as Councillor-at-Large, Dr. Gray was active with the American Psychoanalytic Association. For more than thirty years he was a regular participant in the semi-annual conferences of the Center for Advanced Psychoanalytic Studies, held in Princeton, NJ. In 1997, Dr. Gray gave the Freud Memorial Lecture at the New York Psychoanalytic Society. In 2000, he received the American Psychoanalytic Association Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychoanalytic Education, and was the recipient of the Mary S. Sigourney Trust Honorary Award for Outstanding Contribution to Psychoanalysis.

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