New PDF release: Containing Rage, Terror and Despair: An Object Relations

By Jeffrey Seinfeld

ISBN-10: 0765702983

ISBN-13: 9780765702982

This paintings bargains a modern item family standpoint on operating with quite a lot of mental problems, from the neurotic to the psychotic, together with addictions and character problems. the 1st bankruptcy offers a concise evaluation of contemporary advancements in item relatives concept. next chapters use special medical examples to envision every one mental trouble and the proper healing method. The influence of early trauma on character and psychotherapy is usually generally mentioned.

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Grotstein extended this concept to include schizophrenic and borderline conditions. Therefore, a brief discussion of autistic states will further clarify why the psychotic part of the personality experiences separation as falling into a psychic black hole. AUTISTIC STATES AND THE ENCAPSULATED EGO Tustin (1990) developed a phenomenological understanding of autistic states based on her intensive work with autistic children. She described the genesis of autistic states as occurring at the moment that the infant becomes aware of the gap or bodily separation between itself and the caregiver.

Therefore, the schizophrenic not only experiences the loss ofthe object and reality, but also the loss of his or her own ego boundaries. THE PSYCHOTIC VS. THE NONPSYCHOTIC PARTS OF THE PERSONALITY Despite the neatly organized categories of psychotic classification of mental disorders, Bion (1967) suggested that it was not always so clear-cut as to whether a person could be considered psychotic. Extensive analytic experience with psychotic and neurotic patients led him to believe that all patients possess both psychotic and nonpsychotic parts ofthe personality.

Through his attacks, it becomes a monster staring at him with the look of death. Tustin says that what David sees in the eyes of the monster is nameless dread, the threat of catastrophic extinction, the black hole and the end of the world-the mother being the whole world of the infant. In the case of David there is a The Psychotic Part of the Personality and Autistic States 43 dynamic that is seen repeatedly in severely disturbed clients--separating from the bad object means aggressively killing the bad object, which results in objectlessness or nameless dread.

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