Many Faces Of Abuse / Edition 1

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Overview

The subject is emotional abuse—the ongoing process whereby one person attempts to destroy the will, needs, desires, or perceptions of another. The object is the well-educated, high-functioning professional woman. Dr. Joan Lachkar examines the origins and early warning signs of the psychological violation she describes as a dance between abuser and abused. She goes on to introduce typologies of each (the narcissistic or passive-aggressive abuser, the unentitled self) and to explore the bases for their collusive attachments. Addressing therapeutic functions like empathy, containment, and countertransference, and following a couple's evolution from a state of fusion through transitional two-ness to emerging separateness, dependent and interdependent, Dr. Lachkar applies her psychodynamic approach to treatment, informed by object relations and self psychology, and complete with guidelines for technique and practical suggestions for the couple.

Incl. typologies of narcissistic or passive-aggressive abusers; basis for collusive attachments; object relations.

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Editorial Reviews

Vimala Pillari
Dr. Lachkar does a masterful job of focusing on emotional abuse, which is generally sidelined when abuse is discussed. Her classification of personalities in marriages is intriguing. Since this is a book that integrates rich theory with vivid case examples and also elaborates treatment issues, every practitioner engaged in couple therapy should read it.
Rafael Art. Javier
The issue addressed here has created much pain and disorganization in families. The book's importance lies in the author's unique and excellent insights into the internal dynamics of individuals involved in abusive relationships, and how those personal dynamics lock them into old and unfulfillable expectations. For anyone involved in treating the abused and the abuser, it provides crucial guidelines for successful interventions.
Vince Pillari
Dr. Lachkar does a masterful job of focusing on emotional abuse, which is generally sidelined when abuse is discussed. Her classification of personalities in marriages is intriguing. Since this is a book that integrates rich theory with vivid case examples and also elaborates treatment issues, every practitioner engaged in couple therapy should read it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765700650
  • Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.72 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Joan Lachkar, Ph.D., maintains a private practice in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy in Southern California, where she also teaches in workshops and extension courses.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1 High-Functioning Women and Emotional Abuse 1
Ch. 2 Love Bonds 33
Ch. 3 The Narcissistic Abuser 51
Ch. 4 The Borderline Abuser 83
Ch. 5 The Passive-Aggressive Abuser 107
Ch. 6 The Obsessive-Compulsive Abuser 125
Ch. 7 The Schizoid Abuser 143
Ch. 8 The Treatment of Emotional Abuse 165
Ch. 9 Techniques - A Final Word 187
References 195
Index 203
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2003

    what a wonderful book

    what a wonderful book. so interesting. can look around you and pick people who meet these characterstics. really makes you think

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