The Mind of the Paedophile: Psychoanalytic Perspectives

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The latest volume in the Forensic Psychotherapy Series discusses one of the most controversial, taboo, and misunderstood subjects in the psychoanalytic arena today -- pedophilia. A variety of treatments and therapies, including brain surgery, electric shock treatment and incarceration, have not succeeded in treating this condition. In this volume, a range of eminent and expert professionals go further: into the mind of the pedophile, using dream interpretation, free association, fantasies and memories, in a bid ...
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The latest volume in the Forensic Psychotherapy Series discusses one of the most controversial, taboo, and misunderstood subjects in the psychoanalytic arena today -- pedophilia. A variety of treatments and therapies, including brain surgery, electric shock treatment and incarceration, have not succeeded in treating this condition. In this volume, a range of eminent and expert professionals go further: into the mind of the pedophile, using dream interpretation, free association, fantasies and memories, in a bid to comprehend the exact nature; the how, when and why, of pedophilia.

Contributors include Wilfred Abse, William Greer, Daniel P. Juda, Brett Kahr, Loretta R. Loeb, C.W. Socarides, Vamik D. Volkan

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"Cure, of 'healing,' of pedophilia is only one of its aspects dealt with in the six articles by psychiatrists with teaching and clinical backgrounds. Recognizing that the sources and causes of pedophilia are too little understood for any cure to be much more than a somewhat arbitrary, hopeful exercise, the editors and authors of this volume of the publisher's Forensic Psychotherapy Monograph Series attempt to answer the questions 'where to these urges come from?', and 'what purpose do they serve?' for the pedophile. In the articles with references to individual pedophiles, clinical studies, sexual abuse suffered by pedophiles themselves, and the relationship of adolescent experiences and homosexuality to pedophilia, the psychiatrists shed much light on the murky origins and the playing out of pedophilia. With the bulk of its content on the psychology and behavior of pedophiles rather than clinical data, the collected articles are of interest to many lay readers."

"This book constitutes the first major textbook on the pedophilias and we trust is a spur to others to analyze pedophile perverts as well as to tenderly care for the wounds of the child victims who are described within its pages."

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Charles W. Socarides is Former Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1979-1996) and Chairman, Discussion Group, The Sexual Perversions: Theory and Therapy, American Psychoanalytic Association, 1980. He is a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the International Psychoanalytic Association. He is in private practice in New York City. In 1995 he was awarded the Distinguished Professor Award from the Association of Psychoanalytic Psychologists, British Health Service.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 A psychoanalytic classification of the paedophilias : two clinical illustrations 7
Ch. 2 Dogman : a prepsychotic paedophile 63
Ch. 3 Juvenile paedophilia : the psychodynamics of an adolescent 95
Ch. 4 The usefulness of self psychology in understanding and treating a case of homosexual paedophilia 121
Ch. 5 Some comments on ritualized paedophilia and the sexual abuse of children 157
Ch. 6 The consequences of child sexual abuse : a brief survey 177
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  • Posted January 22, 2009

    Collected articles on psychology of pedophiles

    Cure, of 'healing,' of pedophilia is only one of its aspects dealt with in the six articles by psychiatrists with teaching and clinical backgrounds. Recognizing that the sources and causes of pedophilia are too little understood for any cure to be much more than a somewhat arbitrary, hopeful exercise, the editors and authors of this volume of the publisher's Forensic Psychotherapy Monograph Series attempt to answer the questions 'where to these urges come from?', and 'what purpose do they serve?' for the pedophile. In the articles with references to individual pedophiles, clinical studies, sexual abuse suffered by pedophiles themselves, and the relationship of adolescent experiences and homosexuality to pedophilia, the psychiatrists shed much light on the murky origins and the playing out of pedophilia. With the bulk of its content on the psychology and behavior of pedophiles rather than clinical data, the collected articles are of interest to many lay readers.

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