Most people have some idea of the meaning of the words sadism and masochism, but for few people does their understanding go beyond rather vague ideas such as inflicting, or enjoying pain. Even fewer people ask themselves what is behind such behavior, and this applies even to healthcare professionals and therapists. In non-technical language, accessible both for the professional and layman, this book gives a clear picture of the underlying pathology of sado-masochism, its effects, and how it can be treated. It also examines other key, psychological, defence mechanismssuch as hysteria and projective identificationand looks at their relationship to sado-masochism.The author draws on many years working with children and families in education, as well as nearly 30 years of analytical practice, to give insight into the underlying dynamics. From his clinical experience, he has come to the conclusion that sadomasochistic pathology is a far more widespread and serious problem than is generally recognized. The book uses detailed case material to examine the way in which the problem interferes with relationships and emotional growth in the individual’s everyday life, and how this has profound effects on society as a whole.
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About the Author
J. F. Miller is an analyst, psychotherapist, and child and family psychologist. He was educated at Marlborough College, Wiltshire, and St Catherine’s College, Oxford, with postgraduate training in educational psychology at the Tavistock Clinic. He has held teaching posts in primary, secondary, and special education. He is County Psychologist to West Oxfordshire and has created and worked in various consultancy posts to special schools and hostels in Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, and Wiltshire. He has also consultant and residential social worker experience in Belgium, France, and Norway.
Table of Contents
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS ABOUT THE AUTHORWHO THIS BOOK IS FOR FOREWORDINTRODUCTION: The human context and the developmental imperativePART I: CLINICAL ISSUESCHAPTER ONE: Control and helplessness CHAPTER TWO: The core problem: from subversion to perversion CHAPTER THREE: Infantile and adult sexualityCHAPTER FOUR: Mothering and the parental couple CHAPTER FIVE: Pornography and masturbation: the virtual world CHAPTER SIX: The avoidance of feeling CHAPTER SEVEN: Projective identification and the claustrumCHAPTER EIGHT: Sexuality and perversionCHAPTER NINE: Masochism and the emotional orphan CHAPTER TEN: Romantic agony CHAPTER ELEVEN: Hysteria and sadomasochism CHAPTER TWELVE: Exhibitionism and voyeurismPART II: SOCIAL MANIFESTATIONSCHAPTER THIRTEEN: Symbolisation and concrete thinkingCHAPTER FOURTEEN: Basic assumption thinking and tribal mentality CHAPTER FIFTEEN: Perversely religious and religiously perverse CHAPTER SIXTEEN: Evangelical atheism CHAPTER SEVENTEEN: Feminism and the phallic Trojan horseCHAPTER EIGHTEEN: A child is being murderedCHAPTER NINETEEN: The everlasting baby and the parasiteCHAPTER TWENTY: From victim and blame to a saner societyPART III: CASE HISTORIESCHAPTER TWENTY-ONE: Abigail: survival through invisibilityCHAPTER TWENTY-TWO: Judy and Maria: vendettas against the parent/analystCHAPTER TWENTY-THREE: Damien: student drop-out and would-be professional psychiatric patientCHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR: Kelly: a case of courage in the face of perversityCHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE: Mark: the battered husbandCHAPTER TWENTY-SIX: Peter and Jim: the black hole of the psycheREFERENCES INDEX