Polarities of Experience
Relatedness and Self-Definition in Personality Development, Psychopathology, and the Therapeutic Process
By (author) Sidney J. Blatt
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Polarities of Experience by Sidney J. Blatt
Book DescriptionIn this groundbreaking book, Sidney J. Blatt proposes that psychological development is a lifelong personal negotiation between the two fundamental dimensions of relatedness and self-definition. Psychological development, from youth to old age, is a synergistic balancing act between these two polarities, with most individuals favoring to varying degrees either the anaclitic (relatedness) dimension or the introjective (self-definition) dimension. Exaggerated emphasis on one developmental line at the expense of the other, however, can lead to a variety of mental disorders.Within this framework, mental disorders are seen not as clusters of present or absent symptoms, as in the current DSM diagnostic system, but rather as compensatory exaggerations of the normal polarities of relatedness and self-definition. The author argues that this conceptualization of personality development has clear implications for therapy and describes intriguing research indicating that anaclitic and introjective persons respond differently to psychotherapy. The author applies this model in great detail to the process of therapeutic change, with striking implications for further research. Clinical researchers, therapists, psychiatrists, and graduate students will find this book a rich source of new ideas for research and practice.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781433803147
(255mm x 187mm x 35mm)
Imprint: American Psychological Association
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Publish Date: 15-May-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Sidney J. Blatt
Theory and Treatment of Depression, Paperback (June 2005)
The goal of this book is to facilitate the development of more encompassing theories and more effective treatments for this depression by fostering dialogue and enhancing the integration of work across the boundaries of separate fields.
Experiences of Depression, Hardback (January 2004)
Beginning with case studies of two depressed patients in long-term treatment, this book paints a compelling picture, demonstrating the value of considering the psychological dimensions of depression.
Attachment Research and Psychoanalysis, Paperback (December 1999)» View all books by Sidney J. Blatt
Examines theoretical aspects of attachment research and psychoanalysis. Topics covered include similarities and differences between psychoanalytic and attachment theories, the development of caregiving, and the two-person unconscious.
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