Severe Personality Disorders: Psychotherapeutic Strategies

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Yale University Press, 1993 - Psychology - 381 pages
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In this important book, one of the world's foremost psychoanalysts provides the clinician with tools to diagnose and treat severe cases of personality disorder, including borderline and narcissistic structures. Dr. Kernberg not only describes techniques he has found useful in clinical practice but also further develops theories formulated in his previous work and critically reviews other recent contributions.

 

"A splendid book . . . of great value for anyone involved in psychotherapy with patients suffering from one or another variety of personality disorder, as well as for anyone who is teaching or doing research in this field. . . . An outstandingly fine and valuable book.--Harold F. Searles, M.D., Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease

 

"Kernberg is a synthesizing, creative eclectic on the contemporary psychoanalytic and psychodynamic scene, broadly based in theory and in practice, a powerful intelligence, a prolific writer, and a man of ideas....This is a challenging and provocative book."--Alan A. Stone, M.D., American Journal of Psychiatry

 

"A major work that brings together in one volume a host of clinical insights into people with a variety of severe personality disorders.... Anyone who has attempted to work with patients with severe personality disorders will be rewarding by studying this book." --Robert D. Gillman, Psychoanalytic Quarterly

 

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Written in a manner that it's effectively illegible. The author's sentences are so vague as to make the book incomprehensible gibberish.

Contents

Structural Diagnosis
3
The Structural Interview
27
Differential Diagnosis in Adolescence
52
Personality Disorders in Old Age
68
Problems in the Classification of Personality Disorders
77
Part Two Treatment of Borderline Personalities
95
Expressive Psychotherapy
97
Transference Management in Expressive Psychotherapy
112
Character Analysis
210
Self Ego Affects and Drives
227
Diagnosis and Treatment
239
Stalemates in Treatment
241
Diagnosis and Clinical Management of Patients with Suicide Potential
254
Countertransference Transference Regression and the Incapacity
264
Clinical Aspects of Severe Superego Pathology
275
Paranoid Regression and Malignant Narcissism
290

Expressive Psychotherapy with Adolescents
131
Supportive Psychotherapy
147
Indications and Contraindications for Psychoanalytically Based Treatment Modalities
165
Clinical Theory and Treatment
177
Contemporary Psychoanalytic Approaches to Narcissism
179
Technical Strategies in the Treatment of Narcissistic Personalities
197
Contrasting Philosophies of Hospital Treatment for Severe
315
The Therapeutic Community Model of Hospital Treatment
330
LongTerm Hospital Treatment of Severe Borderline
343
References
359
Index
375
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