The Wisdom of the Ego
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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A Matter of Definition
Mutually exclusive ways of identifying the defenses
SelfDeceptions of Everyday Life
How Can We Prove That Defenses Exist?
Correlations between maturity of defenses and measures
The Ego and Adult Development
Major differences between the more and the less
Creativity and Psychotic Defenses
The Maturation of Defenses
Disadvantage Resilience and Mature Defenses
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How Does the Ego Mature?
Psychosocial stages reached by members of
The Ego and Creativity
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