The Inseparable Nature of Love and Aggression: Clinical and Theoretical Perspectives [NOOK Book]

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The task Dr. Otto Kernberg takes up in The Inseparable Nature of Love and Aggression: Clinical and Theoretical Perspectives is to first distinguish, then to interrelate psychoanalytic, clinical psychiatric, and neurobiological perspectives in a variety of areas, beginning with severe personality disorders and extending to love, destructiveness, mourning, spirituality, and the future of psychoanalytic inquiry. Dr. Kernberg is renowned for his work with borderline and narcissistic patients, and in this book, he ...

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Overview

The task Dr. Otto Kernberg takes up in The Inseparable Nature of Love and Aggression: Clinical and Theoretical Perspectives is to first distinguish, then to interrelate psychoanalytic, clinical psychiatric, and neurobiological perspectives in a variety of areas, beginning with severe personality disorders and extending to love, destructiveness, mourning, spirituality, and the future of psychoanalytic inquiry. Dr. Kernberg is renowned for his work with borderline and narcissistic patients, and in this book, he offers new approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of the most severe personality disorders, particularly the spectrum of severe narcissistic psychopathology. His effort to relate psychoanalytic to neurobiological findings continues in two fascinating areas -- the study of sexual love and of religious experience -- and he examines object relations theory in relation to these two phenomena.

Kernberg's analysis of love and aggression is both bold and nuanced and will captivate the professional psychotherapist as well as the psychologically astute general reader.

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Reviewer: Brett C. Plyler, M.D.(Northwestern Memorial Hospital)
Description: This book details the author's latest work on severe personality disorders, couples in conflict, psychoanalytic research, and the neurobiological underpinnings of affect and behavior.
Purpose: The title refers to Freud's twin drives of libido and death and what contemporary research can teach us about them.
Audience: It is intended for anyone interested in the field of psychoanalysis. It is sufficiently complex that readers should have at least some prior knowledge in the fields of psychoanalysis and neurobiology.
Features: The book begins with the exploration of new diagnostic and treatment methods for severe personality disorders and more specifically that of severe narcissistic personality disorder. Concepts of identity, transference-focused psychotherapy, and managing countertransference are discussed in part one. The second section examines the drive theory through the lens of modern neurobiology and affect theory. Of particular note are the chapters on the death drive and mourning. Part three looks at sexual love from both a psychodynamic and biologic perspective. The fourth part relates the author's perspective on the problems facing psychoanalysis as a whole, and the last part addresses the psychodynamic factors involved in the religious experience.
Assessment: This author's work is always fascinating and thought-provoking. Not everyone in the field of psychoanalysis may agree with him, but this book is well worth the time to read, especially for those who treat patients with severe personality disorders. I particularly enjoyed his efforts at bringing together neurobiology, affect theory, and psychoanalytic thought. I would have liked to see more detail on this topic, but that is a book in and of itself. The spiritual chapter at the end of the book seems like an afterthought, but otherwise this is an excellent addition to Dr. Kernberg's lexicon and I strongly recommend it.
Gregory Mavrides

Kernberg's The Inseparable Nature of Love and Aggression: Clinical and Theoretical Perspectives could more accurately be titled 'The Very Best of Otto F. Kernberg.' It will be thoroughly enjoyed and valued as an outstanding clinical and theoretical textbook by any experienced clinician and academician who recognizes the conceptual value of the unconscious and is already familiar with the basic tenets of psychodynamic and object relations theory.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585629763
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/24/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 420
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Otto Kernberg, M.D., is Director of the Personality Disorders Institute, Professor of Psychiatry, and DeWitt Wallace Senior Scholar at the Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York, and Training and Supervising Analyst, Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. Dr. Kernberg formerly served as Director of the C.F. Menninger Memorial Hospital, Supervising and Training Analyst of the Topeka Institute for Psychoanalysis, and Director of the Psychotherapy Research Project of the Menninger Foundation. The recipient of many awards for excellence in psychiatry and author of numerous books in the field, he is also Past President of the International Psychoanalytical Association.

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Table of Contents

Preface. Part I: Severe Personality Disorders. Identity: recent findings and clinical implications. Psychoanalytic individual and group psychotherapy: the transference focused psychotherapy (TFP) model. Mentalization, mindfulness, insight, empathy, and interpretation. Countertransference: recent developments and technical implications for the treatment of patients with severe personality disorders. The almost untreatable narcissistic patient. The destruction of time in pathological narcissism. Supervision: the supervisor's tasks. Part II: Reflections on Psychoanalytic Theory and its Applications. Psychoanalytic affect theory in the light of contemporary neurobiological findings. The concept of the death drive: a clinical perspective. Some observations on the process of mourning. Part III: The Psychology of Sexual Love. The sexual couple: a psychoanalytic exploration. Limitations to the capacity to love. Sexual pathology in borderline patients. Part IV: Contemporary Challenges for Psychoanalysis. Psychoanalysis and the university: a difficult relationship. "Dissidence" in psychoanalysis: a psychoanalytic reflection. Part V: The Psychology of Religious Experience. Psychoanalytic perspectives on the religious experience. The emergence of a spiritual realm. Index.

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