The Seed of Madness: Constitution, Environment, and Fantasy in the Organization of the Psychotic Core

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Reviewer: Edward A. Wolpert, MD, PhD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book describes the contribution of constitution, environment (familial and larger society) and fantasy (parental and child) to the formation of a psychotic core that may eventuate in psychosis. Implications for treatment are described. The seven contributors share a common psychoanalytic point of view.
Purpose: The aim is to study the "beginning of madness." In this study, constitutional and psychological factors are studied and integrated into a coherent whole. The resulting summary of current psychoanalytic thinking about the psychotic core is badly needed. The authors meet their aim very well in a series of theoretical chapters fleshed out by the discussion of three case histories.
Audience: This book is written for psychoanalysts, psychologists, and psychiatrists. The authors represent European and American psychoanalytic thinking and are well known for their work.
Features: Appropriate references appear at the end of each chapter. This slim book is neat in appearance and easy to use.
Assessment: This is a highly significant contribution to the psychoanalytic understanding of the formation of the psychotic core. The case histories demonstrate the place of transference phenomena in the treatment of such patients, and the book should be required reading for all those who treat very significantly disturbed patients, whether from a biological or psychological point of view.
Edward A. Wolpert
This book describes the contribution of constitution, environment (familial and larger society) and fantasy (parental and child) to the formation of a psychotic core that may eventuate in psychosis. Implications for treatment are described. The seven contributors share a common psychoanalytic point of view. The aim is to study the "beginning of madness." In this study, constitutional and psychological factors are studied and integrated into a coherent whole. The resulting summary of current psychoanalytic thinking about the psychotic core is badly needed. The authors meet their aim very well in a series of theoretical chapters fleshed out by the discussion of three case histories. This book is written for psychoanalysts, psychologists, and psychiatrists. The authors represent European and American psychoanalytic thinking and are well known for their work. Appropriate references appear at the end of each chapter. This slim book is neat in appearance and easy to use. This is a highly significant contribution to the psychoanalytic understanding of the formation of the psychotic core. The case histories demonstrate the place of transference phenomena in the treatment of such patients, and the book should be required reading for all those who treat very significantly disturbed patients, whether from a biological or psychological point of view.
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Examines psychological components of the formation of madness. Covers the origins of the body ego and its implications for psychotic vulnerability, the intersubjective constitution of the sense of disappearing in schizophrenia, and humility and dignity in ego integrity, with three case studies. Some chapters were originally presented at a June 1994 symposium. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823660230
  • Publisher: International Universities Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 213
  • Product dimensions: 5.72 (w) x 8.79 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Contributors
Ch. 1 The Seed of Madness 3
Ch. 2 On the Origins of the Body Ego and Its Implications for Psychotic Vulnerability 19
Ch. 3 Humiliation and Dignity: Reflections on Ego Integrity 59
Ch. 4 The Intersubjective Constitution of the Sense of Disappearing in Schizophrenia: A Phenomenological Description of a Healthy Sibling's Intuitions 81
Ch. 5 A Room within a Room: Clinical Observations of a "Mad" Core 111
Ch. 6 A Crocodile in a Pouch 133
Ch. 7 The Verbal Squiggle Game in Treating the Seriously Disturbed Patient 155
Ch. 8 Constitution, Environment, and Fantasy in the Organization of the Psychotic Core 179
Name Index 203
Subject Index 207
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