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One 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 Details

ISBN: 9780674953734
ISBN-10: 0674953738
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 155mm x 32mm)
Pages: 408
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 5-Sep-1995
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - George E. Vaillant

George E. Vaillant is Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

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