The Abandoned Child Within: On Losing and Regaining Self-Worth

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Lack of self-worth is an affliction that has become of increasing concern in all industrialized societies. It is the main symptom of what psychiatry calls narcissistic disturbance, a phenomenon far more widespread than it was when Freud and Jung developed their concepts of depth psychology. The lack of commonly held values has contributed to it, but is not its cause. In this in-depth examination, Kathrin Asper, a noted psychotherapist and president of the Swiss Society for Analytical Psychology, addresses the ...
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Lack of self-worth is an affliction that has become of increasing concern in all industrialized societies. It is the main symptom of what psychiatry calls narcissistic disturbance, a phenomenon far more widespread than it was when Freud and Jung developed their concepts of depth psychology. The lack of commonly held values has contributed to it, but is not its cause. In this in-depth examination, Kathrin Asper, a noted psychotherapist and president of the Swiss Society for Analytical Psychology, addresses the real cause: lack of self-worth as a direct consequence of physical or emotional abandonment during childhood. The wounded inner child lives on in the adult, expressing himself in such symptoms as fear of abandonment, lack of feeling, grandiosity and depression, insufficient awareness of one's own life, disproportionate rage, and unclear needs. However, those suffering from a lack of self-worth tend to forget the early-life incidents that hurt their inner self: the child within suffers, but is mute. To heal the early wounds, we have to get in touch with the inner child and make her talk. In The Abandoned Child Within, Dr. Asper shows how this is accomplished. Using concrete case histories from her own practice, paintings by patients, dreams, fairy tales, and myths, she vividly describes the consequences of abandonment, and ways to unleash the creative powers of the unconscious, which can initiate a healing transformation.
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In The Abandoned Child Within: On Losing And Regaining Self-worth, psychotherapist and analyst Kathrin Asper presents an impressive and cogent examination of the "wounded inner child" present in every adult who has experienced physical or emotional abandonment. Asper also presents an effective therapeutic approach for overcoming the devastating consequences of such early wounds to the psyche with their consequent symptoms of impaired self-esteem, depression, disproportionate rage, and inarticulate needs. The Abandoned Child Within is a superb contribution to psychological studies.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780880642040
  • Publisher: Fromm International Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 8/1/1993
  • Series: Psychology Series
  • Edition description: 1st U.S. ed
  • Pages: 336

Table of Contents

Preface 1
Introduction 5
Ch. 1 Narcissistic Phenomena: Causes - Theory - Symbolism 21
Ch. 2 Abandonment in the Mother-Child Relationship 39
Ch. 3 Abandonment as Narcissistic Disorder 60
Ch. 4 Symbolic Images of Narcissism 94
Ch. 5 Symbolism: Case Material and Therapeutic Approaches 119
Ch. 6 The Family Situation: Perspectives on the Causes of the Narcissistic Disorder 128
Ch. 7 Emotional Abandonment and Its Consequences 147
Ch. 8 Approaching the Suffering 194
Ch. 9 Therapeutic Approaches 223
Ch. 10 Integrating the Unconscious 247
Ch. 11 Return and Transformation 284
Notes 319
Bibliography 336
Glossary 345
Index 348
Index of Cases Cited 360
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