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The Concept of Defense Mechanisms in Contemporary Psychology: Theoretical, Research, and Clinical Perspectives

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The editors have brought together theoretical and empirical contributions on the topic of defense together with studies on the applications of these constructs to clinical and personality assessment, especially with regard to psychopathology, psychosomatics, and psychotherapeutic intervention. This systematic and up-to-date overview highlights the advantages and potentials of currently available approaches to empirical research on defense mechanisms. The text is divided into five practical sections, each ...
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Overview

The editors have brought together theoretical and empirical contributions on the topic of defense together with studies on the applications of these constructs to clinical and personality assessment, especially with regard to psychopathology, psychosomatics, and psychotherapeutic intervention. This systematic and up-to-date overview highlights the advantages and potentials of currently available approaches to empirical research on defense mechanisms. The text is divided into five practical sections, each containing pertinent chapters written by international authorities in the field: General Issues; Methodological Considerations; Personality and Applied Psychology; Clinical Assessment and Psychotherapeutic Interventions; and Psychosomatics. This book serves as an invitation to develop new avenues of experimental and psychodynamic investigation in this rapidly growing field as well as to refine and extend the existing approaches.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461383055
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 439
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Contributors
Introduction
1 A Critical Perspective on Defense Mechanisms 3
2 Defense Mechanisms in the Clinic and in the Laboratory: An Attempt at Bridging the Gap 14
3 What Is a Mechanism of Defense? 25
4 Percept-Genesis and the Study of Defensive Processes 38
5 The Measurement of Defense Mechanisms by Self-Report Questionnaires 53
6 The Assessment of Primitive Defense Mechanisms by Projective Techniques 87
7 Percept-Genetic Methodology 101
8 The Study of Defenses in Psychotherapy Using the Defense Mechanism Rating Scales DMRS 122
9 Causal Attributions of Disease as Related to Dynamic Personality Variables 135
10 Exploration of the Relationship Between Anxiety and Defense: Semantic Differential Ratings of Defense Mechanism Test Stimuli 146
11 The Cognitive Determinants of Defense Mechanisms 152
12 Development of the Repression-Sensitization Construct: With Special Reference to the Discrepancy Between Subjective and Physiological Stress Reactions 184
13 Augmenting/Reducing: A Link Between Perceptual and Emotional Aspects of Psychophysiological Individuality 205
14 A Psychodynamic Activation Study of Female Oedipal Fantasies Using Subliminal and Percept-Genetic Techniques 209
15 Aspects of the Construct Validity of the Defense Mechanism Test 225
16 Adaptation to Boredom and Stress: The Effects of Defense Mechanisms and Concept Formation on Attentional Performance in Situations with Inadequate Stimulation 234
17 The Structure and Process of Defense in Diagnosis of Personality and in Psychoanalytic Treatment 253
18 The Measurement of Ego Defenses in Clinical Research 275
19 Validation of the German Version of Bond's Questionnaire of Defensive Styles 290
20 Regulative Styles and Defenses: Some Relationships Between the Serial Color-Word Test and the Defense Mechanism Test 296
21 Change in Defense Mechanisms Following Intensive Treatment, As Related to Personality Organization and Gender 310
22 Defense Mechanisms in Interaction with Intellectual Performance in Depressive Inpatients 321
23 Defense Mechanisms and Hope as Protective Factors in Physical and Mental Disorders 339
24 Defense Mechanisms in Patients with Bone Marrow Transplantation: A Retrospective Study 360
25 Attitudes Toward Illness and Health and Defense Mechanisms in Psychosomatic Patients 373
26 Anorexics and Bulimics Compared Vis-a-Vis Defense, Proximity, and Separation 389
27 Defense Styles in Eating Disorders 404
28 Defense Mechanisms and Defense Organizations: Their Role in the Adaptation to the Acute Stage of Crohn's Disease 412
Index 425
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