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Adaptation to Life

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George Vaillant discusses these and other questions in terms of a clearly defined scheme of "adaptive mechanisms" that are rated mature, neurotic, immature, or psychotic, and illustrates, with case histories, each method of coping.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 139.7 x 210.82 x 25.4mm | 453.59g
  • HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge, Mass, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 7 tables and 4 figures
  • 0674004140
  • 9780674004146
  • 162,128

Table of contents

* Preface, 1995 * Cast of Protagonists * Part 1: The Study of Mental Health: Methods and Illustrations * Introduction *1. Mental Health *2. The Men of the Grant Study *3. How They Were Studied *4. Health Redefined--The Joyful Expression of Sex and of Anger * Part 2: Basic Styles of Adaptation *5. Adaptive Ego Mechanisms--A Hierarchy *6. Sublimation *7. Suppression, Anticipation, Altruism, and Humor *8. The Neurotic Defenses *9. The Immature Defenses * Part 3: Developmental Consequences of Adaptation *10. The Adult Life Cycle--In One Culture *11. Paths into Health *12. Successful Adjustment *13. The Child Is Father to the Man *14. Friends, Wives, and Children * Part 4: Conclusions *15. The Maturing Ego *16. What Is Mental Health--A Reprise *17. A Summary * References Cited * Appendix A: A Glossary of Defenses * Appendix B: The Interview Schedule * Appendix C: The Rating Scalesshow more

About George E. Vaillant

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

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