Psychotic Organisation of the Personality: Psychoanalytic Keys

1st Edition

Antonio Perez-Sanchez

Routledge
Published February 23, 2018
Reference - 274 Pages
ISBN 9781782205685 - CAT# K377933
Series: The International Psychoanalytical Association Psychoanalytic Ideas and Applications Series

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Summary

The book is a psychoanalytic understanding of psychosis as a particular organisation of the personality, based on 'psychotic personality' (Bion) and 'pathological organisations' (Steiner). The theoretical development is traced through Freud, Klein and Bion, along with contemporary Kleinian authors. An important role is granted to psychic pain as the cornerstone of psychopathology, and particularly to the psychotic patient's difficulties in dealing with it. Bion's distinction between "feeling psychic pain and suffering it" is considered an indicator when evaluating the patient's ability to cope with psychoanalytic treatment. The author's experience with a schizophrenic patient is related in detail, offering a view of the patient and her relationship with the analyst from various different angles, and showing how the psychoanalytic method can be used to treat psychosis.

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