Searching for the Perfect Woman: The Story of a Complete Psychoanalysisby Vamik Volkan, Christopher J. Fowler
Pub. Date: 06/08/2009
Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.
This is not your typical psychotherapy case; it is the story of one man's inner struggle to find peace and happiness in an internal world filled with dangerous father figures and tempting but rejecting femme fatales. Training analyst, author, and four-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee Vamik Volkan weaves a compelling story of Hamilton's complete psychoanalysis. From
This is not your typical psychotherapy case; it is the story of one man's inner struggle to find peace and happiness in an internal world filled with dangerous father figures and tempting but rejecting femme fatales. Training analyst, author, and four-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee Vamik Volkan weaves a compelling story of Hamilton's complete psychoanalysis. From one angle, it is an evocative, accessible page-turner, drawing readers from the professional world and the lay public into the inner life of a compulsive womanizer, and the psychoanalytic treatment that brought about massive change in his inner life and personal relationships. From another angle, it is about the profound influence of historical traumas transmitted across generations and how not only an individual's parents' personal trauma, but also ancestors' historical traumas, reverberate in the current generation. Our ancestors' suffering during wars, for example, does not disappear when our ancestors die or when wars end, but continues to influence their offspring. For the deeply inquisitive person and serious students of psychoanalysis, this is an opportunity to learn about psychoanalytic theory and technique applied to a single case. The book confronts the question "Does psychoanalysis help?" Through this detailed account of the psychoanalytic treatment processes, the reader witnesses the slow but compelling changes in Hamilton's internal world. Interspersed throughout the manuscript, J. Christopher Fowler, an experienced therapist, clinical researcher, and educator, challenges Volkan to explain how his psychoanalytic techniques affect changes in Hamilton's mind.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 1. Dr. Schreber's Shadow Chapter 2 2. A Boy in a Mailbox Chapter 3 3. Inky Messes Chapter 4 4. Pineapple Upside-down Cake Chapter 5 5. Madonna and the Dead Child Chapter 6 6. Shrinking the Torture Chamber Chapter 7 7. Finding and Letting Go a Warm Breast Chapter 8 8. Why Did Ataturk Encourage Turkish Women to Remove Their Veils? Chapter 9 9. Joining the Man's World Chapter 10 10. You Have Your Tools and I Have Mine Chapter 11 11. The Gulf War and the Mannequins of the American Civil War Chapter 12 12. Taking Stock Chapter 13 13. A Blue Ribbon Family Chapter 14 14. Years Later
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