Psychoanalytic Diagnosis, Second Edition: Understanding Personality Structure in the Clinical Process / Edition 2

Psychoanalytic Diagnosis, Second Edition: Understanding Personality Structure in the Clinical Process / Edition 2

by Nancy McWilliams
     
 

This acclaimed clinical guide and widely adopted text has filled a key need in the field since its original publication. Nancy McWilliams makes psychoanalytic personality theory and its implications for practice accessible to practitioners of all levels of experience. She explains major character types and demonstrates specific ways that understanding the

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This acclaimed clinical guide and widely adopted text has filled a key need in the field since its original publication. Nancy McWilliams makes psychoanalytic personality theory and its implications for practice accessible to practitioners of all levels of experience. She explains major character types and demonstrates specific ways that understanding the patient's individual personality structure can influence the therapist's focus and style of intervention. Guidelines are provided for developing a systematic yet flexible diagnostic formulation and using it to inform treatment. Highly readable, the book features a wealth of illustrative clinical examples.

 
New to This Edition
*Reflects the ongoing development of the author's approach over nearly two decades.
*Incorporates important advances in attachment theory, neuroscience, and the study of trauma.
*Coverage of the contemporary relational movement in psychoanalysis.
Winner--Canadian Psychological Association's Goethe Award for Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Scholarship

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609184940
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
07/29/2011
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
426
Sales rank:
102,656
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
I. Conceptual Issues
1. Why Diagnose?
2. Psychoanalytic Character Diagnosis
3. Developmental Levels of Personality Organization
4. Implications of Developmental Levels of Organization
5. Primary Defensive Processes
6. Secondary Defensive Processes
II. Types of Character Organization
7. Psychopathic (Antisocial) Personalities
8. Narcissistic Personalities
9. Schizoid Personalities
10. Paranoid Personalities
11. Depressive and Manic Personalities
12. Masochistic (Self-Defeating) Personalities
13. Obsessive and Compulsive Personalities
14. Hysterical (Histrionic) Personalities
15. Dissociative Psychologies
Appendix. Suggested Diagnostic Interview Format

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