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Michael Bloom Ph.D. Adolescent Parental Separation

Although adolescent-parental separation is a natural course of the life cycle, there is a close correlation of this process to bereavement, mourning, and grief.  Psychotherapy may involve reframing - what has been seen as rejecting and angry comes to be seen as a developmental process bringing great relief.  Through case history material, a comparison is made between normal and pathological adolescent-parental separation processes. (272 pgs)

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Benjamin B. Wolman & George Stricker Editors Anxiety and Related Disorders: A Handbook

There has been enormous progress in our understanding of the origins of clinical anxiety as well as in our ability to treat it, but there is yet no consensus as to its causes and cures.  Over the course of twenty-one chapters, distinguished representatives from most major schools of thought offer their approaches to and insights into etiology, dynamics, symptomatology, diagnosis, treatment  strategies, and more. (771 pgs)

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David E. Schecter Infant Development

The needs of child, youth, and adult are mutually interdependent - each having needs to confirm and be confirmed by the other.  If we can understand the nature of human development in is various sociocultural forms, we increase the possibilities of knowing the conditions under which "healthy" development can be facilitated. The  issues of "health" and "adaptation" are closely related. (57 pgs)

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Theodore Lidz M.D. The Family: The Developmental Setting

The child's development into an integrated individual is guided by the dynamic organization of his family, which channels his drives and directs him into proper gender and generation roles. The child must grow into and internalize the institutions and roles of the society as well as identify with persons who themselves have assimilated the culture. (39 pgs)

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Theodore Lidz M.D. The Life Cycle: Introduction

The psychodynamic understanding of the personality and its disorders rests heavily upon the study of the life cycle. All persons go through a cycle of gestation, maturation, maturity, decline and death. The epigenetic principle maintains that the critical tasks of each developmental phase must be met and surmounted at the proper time. Erikson's and Piaget's approaches are discussed. (37 pgs)

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Therese Benedek Sexual Functions in Women and Their Disturbances

This work presents the interaction of physiological and psychological factors in the sexual function of women.  It covers: the theory of the sexual instinct, developmental factors, the sexual cycle, orgasm and frigidity,and the procreative function.  Every phase involves a shifting and reorganization of psychic structures. The giving and expansive attitudes needed for the procreative period become outweighed step by step by the restricting, self-centered tendencies characteristic of old age. (68 pgs)

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Harold I. Lief Sexual Functions in Men and Their Disturbances

Sexual behavior goes far beyond "physical" sex.  A cursory look at the history of human sexuality shows that patterns of sexual behavior and morality have taken may diverse forms over the centuries. Sexual function is discussed: cultural variations, sexuality as a system, sexual behavior, human sexual response, sexual dysfunction, impotence, premature ejaculation, ejaculatory incompetence, paradoxical orgasm, relationship problems, infidelity, nontraditional relationships, and forms of treatment in sex-oriented therapy (76 pgs)

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Edward C. Senay The Psychology of Abortion

Unwanted pregnancy should be defined fundamentally in psychological and social terms.  Regular contact with women caught up in this intensely human crisis leads one inexorably to a position supporting abortion on demand.  Abortion is the option selected regularly by substantial numbers of women of every social class, intelligence level, religious, ethical, or cultural background.  This choice represents an absolute historical continuity, for no human group of any time or place studied to date appears to have been abortion free. (33 pgs)

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Viola W. Bernard Adoption

The central reality of adoption is its power to prevent the misery and maldevelopment of children who lack homes of their own. From that perspective adoption is a repair of trauma, not a trauma in itself.  It is not a losing or a taking away of what never was, but a mutual giving and gaining of affirmative family relationship. (65 pgs)

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Richard A. Gardner Psychological Aspects of Divorce

When the question of divorce arises, the therapist's efforts should be directed toward clarifying the issues and alleviating the pathological behavior so that the patient may make healthier and more prudent choices. The ideal counseling situation is one in which the marital partners are seen conjointly by a therapist who has had no previous therapeutic experience with either partner. On the whole there is less psychiatric disturbance in children from broken homes than in those from intact but unhappy homes. (56 pgs)

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Therese Benedek The Psychobiology of Parenthood

The pleasure and pains, the gratifications and frustrations of parenthood are essential components in adult life. Each parent has to deal in his own way with the positive as well as the negative revelations of himself in the child. Confidence in oneself and the child enables the parent not to overemphasize the positive and not be overwhelmed by the negative aspects of the self as it is exposed through the child. (44 pgs)

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Natalie Shainess The Effect of Changing Cultural Patterns on Women

The changes of identity, sexuality and ways of living are discussed in terms of:  changing gender concepts, neutering process, the demand for equality, sexual expression, marriage, abortion, mothering and child care. Women are more direct. They demand social equality yet a majority are slow to seek or accept change. Therapists who previously have been unquestioning of old theories must examine their own gender concepts and prejudice and listen carefully to women patients. (47 pgs)

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Ian Alger Marriage and Marital Problems

The divorce rate and the amount of unfulfillment and unhappiness in marriages that continue, leads to the conclusion that the traditional marriage system is having great problems in effectively fulfilling many of its stated functions.  The continuing need for marriage therapists is apparent. It is hoped that the consultant-therapist can make a significant and helpful contribution. (59 pgs)

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Rachel Dunaway Cox The Concept of Psychological Maturity

The words "good" and "bad" have been replaced by the words mature and immature. Certain characteristics mark the psychological mature individual:  firm anchorage in reality, warmth and caring for other persons from an increasingly giving posture, productivity in work suited to ability, responsibility toward the small and the large social group, secure sense of self, development of a value system, and resilience under stress. (71 pgs)

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Cyril Sofer Occupational Difficulties in Adulthood

The occupational system of advanced industrial societies has features that differ from the work experiences on most persons in other types of society. The strain deriving from occupations is discussed: characteristics of work in advanced industrial societies, differences in occupational cultures, blue-collar workers, and white-collar workers. (54 pgs)

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Joseph Natterson MD The Loving Self

This important original work provides the concept of therapy as a loving interaction.  The therapist must decline being neutral, anonymous and dispassionate and accept being part of a mutually loving process. (177 pgs)

 

 

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Daniel Offer & Melvin Sabshin The Concept of Normality

The authors delineate the perspectives of normality, evaluate some of the research on normal populations and point to directions that may further elucidate the issues. They describe four major perspectives on normality:  normality as health, normality as utopia, normality as average and normality as process. (37 pgs)

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Joseph F. Rychlak The Personality

All theories of personality must deal with: basic philosophical questions, the major schools of personality theory, classical answers to the classical questions, and, finally, what is personality? The term "personality" assumes a humanly dialectical intelligence, which can take in meaningful experience, consider alternatives and then project a plan, hypothesis, goal, aim, intention, purpose for the sake of which it behaves. (68 pgs)

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Donald A. Bloch The Family of the Psychiatric Patient

Family therapy originated in child psychiatry, drew important technical skills from play therapy, group therapy, and psychodrama, with more recent additions from the encounter and training group fields. On the theoretical side it has drawn from psychoanalytic theory, from anthropological and sociological studies and from cybernetics, general systems theory, linguistics and kinesics. This survey focuses on psychiatric disorder: as an exogenous stress on the family, and as caused by pathogenic relationships in the family.  (66 pgs)

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Howard S. Baker Shorter-Term Psychotherapy: A Self Psychological Approach

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Howard Gardner Ph.D. The Quest for Mind

Gardner examines the work of Jean Piaget, the developmental psychologist who brought the rigors of scientific procedure to the examination of the unfolding mental processes of the child and Claude Levi-Strauss, who revolutionized his discipline by establishing the universal aspects of thought processes and functions through his innovative study of primitive peoples.  Gardner comments as well on the work of such other structuralists as Noam Chomsky, Roman Jakobson and Edmund Leach.

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Chinese American Family Therapy: A New Model for Clinicians

Offers specific and effective guidelines for treating Chinese American individuals and families with respect, sensitivity and understanding. Jung examines these families within their culture of origin and offers an understanding of values, beliefs and customs that are rooted in Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. The book offers a comprehensive multidimensional clinical approach in clear and concise terms.

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Terry A. Kupers M.D. Revisioning Men's Lives: Gender, Intimacy, and Power
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Terry A. Kupers M.D. Ending Therapy: The Meaning of Termination

Does therapy go on too long? How can its success be judged?  What do therapists say about ending therapy? What is the role of economics? This book confronts these questions, exploring when, how, and why therapy ends.

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C. Fred Alford Narcissism: Socrates, the Frankfurt School, and Psychoanalytic Theory

Alford applies the psychoanalytic theory of narcissism to the philosophies of Socrates and Frankfurt School members Max Horkheimer, Theodor Adorno, Herbert Marcuse, and Jurgen Habermas, contending that it can illuminate basic philosophical issues such as the nature of the ideal society, the integrity of the self, and the role of reason in human affairs.

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Judith M. Hughes From Freud's Consulting Room

From Freud's Consulting Room charts the development of Freud's ideas through his clinical work, the successes and failures of his most dramatic and significant case histories, and the creation of a discipline recognizably distinct from its neighbors. Moving from case to case, Hughes has coaxed them into telling a coherent story. Her book has the texture of intellectual history and the compelling quality of a fascinating tale. It leads us to see the origins and development of psychoanalysis in a new way.

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Edward Shorter From the Mind Into the Body

When we fall ill with psychosomatic pain, our symptoms most often - and quite unconsciously - reflect our particular ethnic group, age, class or gender. Shorter reveals for the first time just how stress, popular notions, and social forces together construct many of our symptoms and create much of our pain.

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