The Wisdom of the Ego

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Harvard University Press, 1995 - Psychology - 394 pages
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Something horrible happens, and our minds play tricks on us, tell us that it never happened, occurred differently than it did, isn't quite what it seems. Such trickery, George Vaillant tells us, is actually healthy. What's more, it can reveal the mind at its most creative and mature, soothing and protecting us in the face of unbearable reality, managing the unmanageable, ordering disorder. In The Wisdom of the Ego, Vaillant, one of America's preeminent psychiatrists, gives us an exhilarating look at how the mind's defenses work, and at how they evolve and change, and so, change us.
  

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All Buddhists should read this book. The ego is not the source of all your problems, rather, it is how you are able to do Buddhism in the first place. More later. Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
1
A Matter of Definition
28
Mutually exclusive ways of identifying the defenses
36
SelfDeceptions of Everyday Life
76
Necessary Questions
96
How Can We Prove That Defenses Exist?
118
Correlations between maturity of defenses and measures
131
The Ego and Adult Development
141
Major differences between the more and the less
218
Creativity and Psychotic Defenses
231
Mature Defenses
248
The Maturation of Defenses
266
Disadvantage Resilience and Mature Defenses
284
Eleven vulnerable Core City men and their
286
How Does the Ego Mature?
326
Notes
365

Psychosocial stages reached by members of
168
Life Histories
175
The Ego and Creativity
203
Acknowledgments
383
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About the author (1995)

George E. Vaillant is Professor of Psychiatry, Brigham and Women's Hospital.

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