The Mark of Cain: Psychoanalytic Insight and the Psychopath

The Mark of Cain: Psychoanalytic Insight and the Psychopath

by J. Reid Meloy
     
 

The Mark of Cain makes available for the first time the accumulated psychoanalytic understanding of the psychopathic mind. Editor Reid Meloy, a leading authority on the psychology of the psychopath, has brought together in a single collection the most historically important psychoanalytic papers on the psychopath and delineted their continuing relevance to

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The Mark of Cain makes available for the first time the accumulated psychoanalytic understanding of the psychopathic mind. Editor Reid Meloy, a leading authority on the psychology of the psychopath, has brought together in a single collection the most historically important psychoanalytic papers on the psychopath and delineted their continuing relevance to contemporary understanding.

According to Meloy, two theoretical traditions flow into the psychoanalytic understanding of psychopathy. The first tributary focuses on the early development of the psychopath in order to illuminate how a profound alteration in self-regard leads both to a denigration of the other and to an impulsive search for gratification in the present. The second tributary seeks to locate the psychopathic miscarriage of human potentiality within analytic theories of personality structure and clinically grounded differential diagnosis. Meloy presents the major contributions associated with both of these traditions. Included within this body of literature are the original formulations of concepts that have long since become part of the psychoanalytic nomenclature: the "affectionless" juvenile offender, the diagnostic significance of "affect hunger," the behavioral consequences of "superego lacunae," the recourse to promiscuous identification in "the impostor," and the paradoxically lethal lure of "malignant narcissism." Of special interest are Meloy's historical notes to each chapter and two section introductions, the latter major essays in their own right.

The explosion of empirical research on psychopathy over the past two decades masks the fact that much contemporary work in this area is grounded in the clinical formulations of leading psychoanalysts of the twentieth century. The Mark of Cain rescues this intimate understanding of the inner world of the psychopath and thereby contributes to clinical realism in the face of deception, manipulation, exploitation, and even frank dangerousness.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780881633108
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/10/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Sect. IDevelopment and Psychodynamics1
1Introduction to Section I3
2Primary Affect Hunger25
3Forty-Four Juvenile Thieves: Their Characters and Home-Life35
4Conscience in the Psychopath43
5Psychopathic Behavior Disorders in Children63
6Latent Delinquency and Ego Development79
7Sanctions for Superego Lacunae of Adolescents91
8The Impostor: Contribution to Ego Psychology of a Type of Psychopath115
9The Antisocial Tendency133
10Time and the Character Disorder145
11Psychopathy, Freedom, and Criminal Behavior155
12The Psychology of Wickedness: Psychopathy and Sadism171
Sect. IITreatment, Risk Management, and Psychodiagnosis181
13Introduction to Section II183
14The Phallic-Narcissistic Character205
15The Narcissistic Transference of the "Juvenile Impostor"213
16Some Characteristics of the Psychopathic Personality227
17Some Narcissistic Personality Types239
18Outpatient Treatment of Psychopaths265
19The Response Aroused by the Psychopath283
20The Treatment of Antisocial Syndromes: The Therapist's Feelings297
21The Narcissistic Personality Disorder and the Differential Diagnosis of Antisocial Behavior315
Index339

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