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Anatomy of Regret has a highly clinical focus, with cases that illustrate how critical psychic change can emerge from the mourning of the grief of “psychic regret.” This book highlights the developmental achievement of owning the guilt of aggression, and of tolerating insight into the losses one had produced. The author uses the term “psychic regret” to capture the essence of the process of facing regret consciously. This is in contrast to the split-off and persecutory dynamics of unconscious guilt. Unconscious guilt exposes itself through visceral and cognitive impingements, which are related to internal world enactments, and it relies on unconscious avoidance of the pain and loss involved in facing psychic regret.
Dr. Kavaler-Adler’s theory of “developmental mourning” is illustrated in this book through in-depth lively clinical processes (cases and vignettes). The reader is able to witness how those who have faced consciousness of their resistances to experiences of loss and guilt (as referred to by Melanie Klein in her theory of the depressive position) go through the critical psychological transformation, which allows for authentic psychic change. This is a psychological change that has “meaning” and “meaning creativity” within it.
Anatomy of Regret weaves the themes of psychoanalysis in its early days with those of current practice. It simultaneously offers vivid case examples, where theory becomes a retrospective way of organizing the progress in the clinical work, and in the lives of patients. Dr. Kavaler-Adler addresses both theoretical and clinical conundrums, as she offers the opportunity for readers to immerse themselves in the journey from internal emptiness to both internal and external richness.
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Table of Contents
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
FOREWORD by Althea J. Horner
INTRODUCTION: Conscious regret promoting psychic change within developmental mourning: a developmental view of the depressive position
CHAPTER ONE: Developmental transformation of aggression within mourning
CHAPTER TWO: Conscious regret in clinical treatment engendering a critical turn towards love and creativity healing a schizoid woman and her family: the case of Sharon
CHAPTER THREE: From crime to regret: an affect-level view of psychic transformation and the capacity to love
CHAPTER FOUR: Tolerable and intolerable regret: clinical transformation of the intolerable into the tolerable
CHAPTER FIVE: Facing the ghost of failures in mothering. Regret evolving into love and play:
the case of Anastasia, Part I
CHAPTER SIX: The interaction of negative transference and the mourning of regrets in psychic transformation: the case of Anastasia, Part II
CHAPTER SEVEN: The grief of regret motivating commitment to marriage in a woman: Sarah’s extramarital affair
CHAPTER EIGHT: The grief of regret allowing commitment in marriage in the man: the case of Oscar