Omnipotent Fantasies and the Vulnerable Self / Edition 1

Omnipotent Fantasies and the Vulnerable Self / Edition 1

by Carolyn S. Ellman Ph.D
     
 

ISBN-10: 0765700468

ISBN-13: 9780765700469

Pub. Date: 06/01/1997

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Fantasies of omnipotence grow out of feelings of helplessness. We are all born helpless, completely dependent on others for nurturance and survival, and we all must face the ultimate annihilation of the self at the end of life. While fantasies of omnipotence help us to cope with these painful acts, they may also interfere with our ability to engage reality and deal

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Fantasies of omnipotence grow out of feelings of helplessness. We are all born helpless, completely dependent on others for nurturance and survival, and we all must face the ultimate annihilation of the self at the end of life. While fantasies of omnipotence help us to cope with these painful acts, they may also interfere with our ability to engage reality and deal with life. This important new book addresses all aspects of omnipotence, from the merger fantasies of the baby who feels like an extension of the powerful parent, to the rigid defence omnipotent fantasies of the frightened borderline patient, to the soothing spiritual and religious feelings that help many accept loss and mortality. Contributions by noted authors like Otto Kernberg, Jack and Kerry Kelly Novick, Henry Krystal, Paul Ornstein and Steven Ellman should make this a valuable resource to all clinicians and other students of human behaviour.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765700469
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
06/01/1997
Series:
Library of Clinical Psychoanalysis
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 8.89(h) x 0.90(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Contributors
Introduction
1Omnipotence and Power1
2Omnipotence: Pathology and Resistance39
3Omnipotence in the Transference and in the Countertransference79
Discussion101
4Omnipotence in Health and Illness117
Discussion139
5The Trauma of Confronting One's Vulnerability and Death149
Discussion187
6Narcissism and the Quest for Political Power195
7Omnipotence, or the Delusional Aspect of Ideology, in Relation to Love and Power233
Index267

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