The Wisdom of the Ego
Sources of Resilience in Adult Life
By (author) George E. Vaillant
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Wisdom of the Ego by George E. Vaillant
Book DescriptionOne of America's preeminent psychiatrists draws on his famous Study of Adult Development to give us a look at how the mind's defenses work. What we see as the mind's 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. And because creativity is so intrinsic to this alchemy of the ego, Vaillant mingles his studies of obscure lives with psychobiographies of famous artists and others - including Florence Nightingale, Sylvia Plath, Anna Freud, and Eugene O'Neill.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674953734
(235mm x 155mm x 32mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 5-Sep-1995
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author George E. Vaillant
Triumphs of Experience, Paperback (May 2015)
At a time when people are living into their tenth decade, the longest longitudinal study of human development ever undertaken offers welcome news for old age: our lives evolve in our later years and often become more fulfilling. Among the surprising findings: people who do well in old age did not necessarily do so well in midlife, and vice versa.
Aging Well, Paperback (February 2003)
Surprising guideposts to a happier life from the landmark Harvard Study of Adult Development
Natural History of Alcoholism Revisited, Paperback (June 1995)
This text, first published in 1983, examines various aspects of the problem of alcoholism. Vaillant's original study was based on an evaluation of more than 600 individuals followed for over 40 years. This updated version utilizes current knowledge to examine the same alcoholics 15 years on.
Ego Mechanisms of Defense, Hardback (June 1992)» View all books by George E. Vaillant
By summarizing the empirical studies, proposing a universal language of defense mechanisms, and demonstrating how various assessment methods can be used in diagnosis, case formulation, and treatment, Dr. Vaillant and an interdisciplinary group of contributors provide the groundwork for clinical practice as well as future research in the field.
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Author Biography - George E. Vaillant
George E. Vaillant is Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
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