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Psychoanalytic Diagnosis, Second Edition: Understanding Personality Structure in the Clinical Processby Nancy Mcwilliams
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Book News Annotation:
McWilliams (applied and professional psychology, Rutgers U.) offers a guide for mental health practitioners and graduate students that overviews psychoanalytic personality theory and its implications for clinical practice. She outlines a rationale for character diagnosis, influential psychoanalytic theories pertaining to character structure, individual differences that embody different maturational challenges, therapeutic implications, and how analytic theory provides tools for seeing patients as complex wholes, rather than collections of symptoms. In the second part, she focuses on major personality types and the clinical problems presented by patients of each, their drives, affect, and temperament; defensive and adaptive processes; early relational patterns; experiences of the self; differential diagnosis; and transference and countertransference. This edition incorporates advances in attachment theory, neuroscience, and the study of trauma; covers the contemporary relational movement in psychoanalysis; and has new case examples, an expanded section on somatization, and a revised review of defenses. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This acclaimed clinical guide and widely adopted text has filled a key need in the field since its original publication. Nancy McWilliams makes psychoanalytic personality theory and its implications for practice accessible to practitioners of all levels of experience. She explains major character types and demonstrates specific ways that understanding the patient's individual personality structure can influence the therapist's focus and style of intervention. Guidelines are provided for developing a systematic yet flexible diagnostic formulation and using it to inform treatment. Highly readable, the book features a wealth of illustrative clinical examples.
New to This Edition
*Reflects the ongoing development of the author's approach over nearly two decades.
*Incorporates important advances in attachment theory, neuroscience, and the study of trauma.
*Coverage of the contemporary relational movement in psychoanalysis.
Winner--Canadian Psychological Association's Goethe Award for Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Scholarship
About the Author
Nancy McWilliams, PhD, ABPP, teaches in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and has a private practice in Flemington, New Jersey. She is a former president of the Division of Psychoanalysis (39) of the American Psychological Association and is on the editorial board of Psychoanalytic Psychology. Dr. McWilliamss books have been translated into 14 languages, and she has lectured widely both nationally and internationally. She is a recipient of honors including the Rosalee Weiss Award for contributions to practice from the Division of Independent Practitioners of the American Psychological Association; Honorary Membership in the American Psychoanalytic Association; and the Robert S. Wallerstein Visiting Scholar Lectureship in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis at the University of California, San Francisco. A graduate of the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis, Dr. McWilliams is also affiliated with the Center for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy of New Jersey and the National Training Program of the National Institute for the Psychotherapies in New York City.
Table of Contents
I. Conceptual Issues
1. Why Diagnose?
2. Psychoanalytic Character Diagnosis
3. Developmental Levels of Personality Organization
4. Implications of Developmental Levels of Organization
5. Primary Defensive Processes
6. Secondary Defensive Processes
II. Types of Character Organization
7. Psychopathic (Antisocial) Personalities
8. Narcissistic Personalities
9. Schizoid Personalities
10. Paranoid Personalities
11. Depressive and Manic Personalities
12. Masochistic (Self-Defeating) Personalities
13. Obsessive and Compulsive Personalities
14. Hysterical (Histrionic) Personalities
15. Dissociative Psychologies
Appendix. Suggested Diagnostic Interview Format
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