Self Hatred in Psychoanalysis

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Publisher: Brunner Routledge

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How can psychological therapies help to deal with persecutory states of mind?

The persecutory object is the element of the personality which attacks your confidence, productivity, and acceptance of reality to the point of no return. Persecuted patients torture themselves, hurt their loved ones, and torment their therapists.

In this book the authors integrate object relations and Kleinian theories in their way of working with tenacious persecutory objects and persecutory states of mind. This is vividly illustrated in a variety of situations, including:

  • individual, couple, and group therapy
  • serious pediatric illness
  • working with persecutory aspects of family business

It is argued that the persecutory object can be contained, modified, and in many cases detoxified by the process of skillful intensive psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.

Self Hatred in Psychoanalysis: Detoxifying the Persecutory Object will be invaluable to a variety of practitioners including psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, social workers, psychiatrists, and mental health counselors.

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