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Ego Psychology / Edition 2

Ego Psychology / Edition 2

by Gertrude Blanck, Rubin Blanck


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Ego Psychology / Edition 2

This best seller breaks new ground by demonstrating how mainstream psychoanalytic theory has evolved into a psychoanalytic developmental object relations theory. The authors summarize the contributions of the major ego psychologists from Freud to the contemporary theorists, including the new findings of the child observationalists. By integrating these several contributions, the authors are able to show that classical psychoanalysis and ego psychology combine to form a unified theory that provides a more profound understanding of the borderline and narcissistic conditions as well as of the neuroses.

From this comprehensive synthesis of theory the authors derive techniques for the treatment of the more troubled patient and expand the classical technique for the psychoanalysis of neurosis. Recognizing that there are preoedipal developmental problems even in neurotic patients and that there are oedipal issues in the borderline and narcissistic patients, the authors demonstrate the applicability of developmental object realtions theory across the diagnostic spectrum and include a new chapter on termination.

Using numerous case illustrations from their own practice, the Blancks have constructed an extraordinarily comprehensive and readable text that updates psychoanalytic theory for the nineties.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231082921
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 04/15/1992
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 322
Product dimensions: 0.88(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Gertrude and Rubin Blanck, Honorary Members of the North Carolina Psychoanalytic Society, are the authors of Ego Psychology, Ego Psychology II, BeyondEgo Psychology, and Marriage and Personal Development, all published by Columbia University Press.

Table of Contents

1. Theory
1. Historical Roots of Ego Psychology
2. Conflict Theory, Drive theory, and Ego Psychological Object Relations Theory
3. The Contributions of Heinz Hartmann
4. The Contributions of Hartmann with His Collaborators
5. The Contributions of Ernst Kris
6. The Contributions of Edith Jacobson
7. The Contributions of René A. Spitz
8.The Contributions of Margaret S. Mahler
9. The Contributions of Otto F. Kernberg
10. The Contributions of Heinz Kohut
11. Object Relations theory and Structure Formation
12. Human Sexuality: An Object Relations Perspective
2. Technique
13. Descriptive Developmental Diagnosis and the Fulcrum of Development
14. Differences Between Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy
15. On Beginning the Treatment
16. On Beginning the Treatment: Practical Considerations
17. Transference: Interpretable and Uninterpretable
18. Resistance: The unmotivated Patient
19. Reconstruction of Preverbal Experience
20. The Use of Dreams in Psychotherapy
21. Interpretation
22. Depression
23. Specific Techniques of Psychotherpay
24. On Ending the Treatment

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Selam Kramer

An encyclopedia of modern pyschoanalysis.

Margaret G. Frank

As rich and vital as the theory it explicates.

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