Fearful Symmetry: The Development and Treatment of Sadomasochism

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Juli 2007



Using data from infant observation, and child, adolescent, and adult analyses, the Novicks explicate a multidimensional, developmental theory of sadomasochism that has been recognized as a major innovation. According to the Novicks, each phase of development contributes to the clinical manifestations of sadomasochism. Painful experiences in infancy are transformed into a mode of attachment, then into an embraced marker of specialness and unlimited destructive power, then into a conviction of equality with oedipal parents, and, finally, into an omnipotent capacity to gratify infantile wishes through the coercion of others. By school age, these children have established a magic omnipotent system of thought which undermines alternate means of competent interactions with reality.


Chapter 1 Beating Fantasies in Children
Chapter 2 The Essence of Masochism
Chapter 3 Masochism and the Delusion of Omnipotence from a Developmental Perspective
Chapter 4 Postoedipal Transformations: Latency, Adolescence, and Pathogenesis
Chapter 5 Projection and Externalization
Chapter 6 Varieties of Transference in the Analysis of an Adolescent
Chapter 7 Externalization as a Pathological Form of Relating: The Dynamic Underpinnings of Abuse
Chapter 8 Attempted Suicide in Adolescence: The Suicide Sequence
Chapter 9 A "Boo Warning": Ego Disruption in an Abused Little Girl
Chapter 10 "I Hate You for Saving My Life": Borrowed Trauma in the Analysis of a Young Adult
Chapter 11 Talking with Toddlers
Chapter 12 Negative Therapeutic Motivation and Negative Therapeutic Alliance
Chapter 13 Deciding on Termination: The Relevance of Child and Adolescent Analytic Experience to Work with Adults
Chapter 14 Termination: A Case Report of the End Phase of an "Interminable" Analysis
Chapter 15 Sadomasochism and the Therapeutic Alliance: Implications for Clinical Technique


Kerry Kelly Novick and Jack Novick are child, adolescent, and adult psychoanalysts on the faculty of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. They have been working with children and families for 35 years and joined other colleagues to found a non-profit psychoanalytic school, Allen Creek Preschool, in Ann Arbor. Both Jack and Kerry Novick have written extensively.
EAN: 9780765705440
ISBN: 0765705443
Untertitel: 'Critical Issues in Psychoanaly'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Juli 2007
Seitenanzahl: 416 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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