This collection of essays focuses on the unconscious roots of human behaviour in a range of settings: the consulting room, the small group, the workplace, the therapeutic community and the GP's surgery.
The author draws upon psychoanalytic theory to examine the psychological preconditions for violent behaviour stemming from a failure in courage. He observes that in violence there is an attack not only on the victim, but on the perpetrator's own universe of meaning and value. By examining the psychological implications of death, violence and other extremes, both in literature and in case material, this collection highlights many of the concerns of the field of psychotherapy from an eclectic range of source materials.
About the Author
Stephen Wilson, FRCPsych, is Consultant Psychotherapist at the Warneford Hospital, Oxford, Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Oxford, and Honorary Research Fellow, Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Kent at Canterbury.
Table of Contents
Foreword Murray Cox. Preface. 1. The Cradle of Violence: Reflections on the Perversion of Meaning. 2. Destruction and Guilt: Equivocal Death in George Eliot. 3. Can Drug Abuse Treatment be Adequately Evaluated? 4. Anxiety and Depression in the Workplace: Cause or Effect? 5. Close Encounters in General Practice: Experiences of a Psychotherapy Liaison Team. 6. Ways of Seeing the Therapeutic Community. 7. Psychiatry Through the Looking Glass: A State of the Art Polemic. 8. Multiple Personality. 9. Prejudice in Poetry: On Eliot and Pound. 10. Dark Corners: On Poetry and Melancholy. 11. Psychoanalysis: The Third Culture. 12. On Helpful Homunculi. 13. Hans Andersen's Nightingale: A Paradigm for the Development of Transference Love. 14. Character Development in Daniel Deronda: A Psychoanalytic View. 15. 'Experiences in Groups': Bion's Debt to Freud. 16. Robert Louis Oedipus. 17. Some Implications of Melanie Klein's Thought for Clinical Practice.