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Psychoanalytic Diagnosis, Second Edition: Understanding Personality Structure in the Clinical Process / Edition 2

Psychoanalytic Diagnosis, Second Edition: Understanding Personality Structure in the Clinical Process / Edition 2

by Nancy McWilliams PhD


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609184940
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 07/14/2011
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 426
Sales rank: 205,774
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Nancy McWilliams, PhD, ABPP, teaches in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and has a private practice in Flemington, New Jersey. She is a former president of the Division of Psychoanalysis (39) of the American Psychological Association and is on the editorial board of Psychoanalytic Psychology. Dr. McWilliams’s books have been translated into 14 languages, and she has lectured widely both nationally and internationally. She is a recipient of honors including the Rosalee Weiss Award for contributions to practice from the Division of Independent Practitioners of the American Psychological Association; Honorary Membership in the American Psychoanalytic Association; and the Robert S. Wallerstein Visiting Scholar Lectureship in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis at the University of California, San Francisco. A graduate of the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis, Dr. McWilliams is also affiliated with the Center for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy of New Jersey and the National Training Program of the National Institute for the Psychotherapies in New York City.


Table of Contents

I. Conceptual Issues
1. Why Diagnose?
2. Psychoanalytic Character Diagnosis
3. Developmental Levels of Personality Organization
4. Implications of Developmental Levels of Organization
5. Primary Defensive Processes
6. Secondary Defensive Processes
II. Types of Character Organization
7. Psychopathic (Antisocial) Personalities
8. Narcissistic Personalities
9. Schizoid Personalities
10. Paranoid Personalities
11. Depressive and Manic Personalities
12. Masochistic (Self-Defeating) Personalities
13. Obsessive and Compulsive Personalities
14. Hysterical (Histrionic) Personalities
15. Dissociative Psychologies
Appendix. Suggested Diagnostic Interview Format


Clinicians and graduate students in all of the mental health disciplines, including clinical psychology, social work, psychiatry, and counseling. Serves as a text in graduate-level psychotherapy courses and in psychoanalytic institutes.

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