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
ISBN-10:
1609184947
ISBN-13:
9781609184940
Pub. Date:
07/29/2011
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.

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Overview

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

This acclaimed clinical guide and widely adopted text has filled a key need in the field since its original publication. Nancy McWilliams makes psychoanalytic personality theory and its implications for practice accessible to practitioners of all levels of experience. She explains major character types and demonstrates specific ways that understanding the patient's individual personality structure can influence the therapist's focus and style of intervention. Guidelines are provided for developing a systematic yet flexible diagnostic formulation and using it to inform treatment. Highly readable, the book features a wealth of illustrative clinical examples.

New to This Edition

*Reflects the ongoing development of the author's approach over nearly two decades.

*Incorporates important advances in attachment theory, neuroscience, and the study of trauma.

*Coverage of the contemporary relational movement in psychoanalysis.

Winner—Canadian Psychological Association's Goethe Award for Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Scholarship

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609184940
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 07/29/2011
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 426
Sales rank: 236,128
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

Introduction
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

Interviews

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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