Fearful Symmetry

Fearful Symmetry : The Development and Treatment of Sadomasochism

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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.
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  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 141 x 217 x 30mm | 553g
  • Northvale NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0765705443
  • 9780765705440
  • 1,230,240

Table of contents

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
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About Jack Novick

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.
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