Illusion and Disillusionment

Illusion and Disillusionment : Core Issues in Psychotherapy

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Mourning the loss of core illusions and the capacity to tolerate disillusion are acute issues in the treatment of a broad spectrum of patients. The author of this book states that it is both inevitable and desirable that early illusions are reactivated and dismantled in therapy, and describes the therapist's handling of the resulting disillusion and mourning. He also demonstrates how these issues of illusion and disillusion are explored and resolved in the treatment, resulting in the patient's realistic acceptance of life's limitations. The patient's and/or therapist's idealization of the psychotherapeutic process is considered within this context, and the hope for an idealized "cure" more

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  • Hardback | 328 pages
  • 161.5 x 235.5 x 32.3mm | 689.47g
  • Jason Aronson Inc. Publishers
  • Northvale NJ, United States
  • English
  • index, references
  • 0765702193
  • 9780765702197

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As relevant today as when it was first written; in fact, given the current economic climate, perhaps it is more relevant....The material was quite informative, comprehensive and even more

About Stanley H. Teitelbaum

Dr. Stanley H. Teitelbaum is a practicing clinical psychologist. He is a faculty and senior supervisor at the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health and the Training Institute for Mental Health, both in New York, and the Contemporary Center for Advanced Psychoanalytic Studies in New Jersey. Stanley is the author of Sports Heroes, Fallen Idols: How Star Athletes Pursue Self-Destructive Paths and Jeopardize Their more

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