The Inseparable Nature of Love and Aggression

The Inseparable Nature of Love and Aggression : Clinical and Theoretical Perspectives

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Otto Kernberg is a towering figure in the field of psychoanalysis and has accomplished seminal work in object relations and the treatment of borderline and narcissistic patients. This volume collects his recent work in several areas: severe personality disorders, couples in conflict, and religious experience. In each area, he explores the relationship between the psychoanalytic, clinical psychiatric, and neurobiological approaches, yielding insights and analysis that are compelling, thought-provoking, and at times startling in their penetrating brilliance. In addition, the book addresses the challenges that psychoanalysis faces in the current medical environment, and the need to strengthen its ties with academic institutions.

Beautifully written, the book is designed to both provoke questions and provide enlightenment on a variety of critical issues within psychotherapy. Specifically, the volume:  Explores new approaches to diagnosis and new psychotherapeutic techniques to treat the most severe personality disorders, particularly severe narcissistic psychopathology, based on new research findings; Relates psychoanalytic theory to neurobiological findings by illuminating the influences of neurobiological structures and intrapsychic conflicts on the development of the personality; Examines the psychoanalytic and neurobiological underpinnings of sexual love, from the organization of brain structures and neurotransmitters to the overall systems of erotic activation, attachment and bonding. This systematic approach provides insight into the nature of passionate love and the psychodynamic features of the love relationship;  Addresses psychodynamic factors in the religious experience and the search for universal ethical values, and explores the crucial function of religious experience in dealing with the ideological challenges of social life; and Identifies the serious problems facing psychoanalytic education, institutions, and the profession of psychoanalysis, and proposes solutions to energize the field and increase its contributions to scientific research and progress.

In The Inseparable Nature of Love and Aggression: Clinical and Theoretical Perspectives, Kernberg demonstrates his belief that the collaboration of psychoanalysis and neurobiology has the potential to significantly advance our understanding of the human mind. The full spectrum of mental health clinicians, as well as educated general readers, will find this to be a work of creativity and substance.
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  • Paperback | 420 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 27.94mm | 680.39g
  • VA, United States
  • English
  • 1585624284
  • 9781585624287
  • 435,943

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In this book, Kernberg first distinguishes, then interrelates psychoanalytic, clinical psychiatric, and neurobiological perspectives in a variety of areas, beginning with severe personality disorders and extending to love, destructiveness, mourning, spirituality, and the future of psychoanalytic inquiry. Dr. Kernberg is renowned for his work with borderline and narcissistic patients, and in this book, he offers new approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of the most severe personality disorders, particularly the spectrum of severe narcissistic psychopathology. His effort to relate psychoanalytic to neurobiological findings continues in two fascinating areas -- the study of sexual love and of religious experience -- and he examines object relations theory in relation to these two phenomena.

Kernberg's analysis of love and aggression is both bold and nuanced and will captivate the professional psychotherapist as well as the psychologically astute general reader.
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Table of contents

About the AuthorIntroductionAcknowledgmentsPART I: Severe Personality DisordersChapter 1. Identity RECENT FINDINGS AND CLINICAL IMPLICATIONSChapter 2. Psychoanalytic Individual and Group Psychotherapy THE TRANSFERENCE-FOCUSED PSYCHOTHERAPY (TFP) MODELChapter 3. Mentalization, Mindfulness, Insight, Empathy, and InterpretationChapter 4. Countertransference RECENT DEVELOPMENTS AND TECHNICAL IMPLICATIONS FOR THE TREATMENT OF PATIENTS WITH SEVERE PERSONALITY DISORDERSChapter 5. The Almost Untreatable Narcissistic Patient Chapter 6. The Destruction of Time in Pathological NarcissismChapter 7. Supervision THE SUPERVISOR'S TASKSPART II: Reflections on Psychoanalytic Theory and Its ApplicationsChapter 8. Psychoanalytic Affect Theory in the Light of Contemporary Neurobiological FindingsChapter 9. The Concept of the Death Drive A CLINICAL PERSPECTIVEChapter 10. Some Observations on the Process of MourningPART III: The Psychology of Sexual LoveChapter 11. The Sexual Couple A PSYCHOANALYTIC EXPLORATIONChapter 12. Limitations to the Capacity to loveChapter 13. Sexual Pathology in Borderline PatientsPART IV: Contemporary Challenges for PsychoanalysisChapter 14. Psychoanalysis and the University A DIFFICULT RELATIONSHIPChapter 15. "Dissidence" in Psychoanalysis: A PSYCHOANALYTIC REFLECTIONPART V: The Psychology of Religious ExperienceChapter 16. Psychoanalytic Perspectives on the Religious ExperienceChapter 17. The Emergence of a Spiritual Realm Index
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This author's work is always fascinating and thought-provoking . This book is well worth the time to read, especially for those who treat patients with severe personality disorders. I particularly enjoyed his efforts at bringing together neurobiology, affect theory, and psychoanalytic thought . This is an excellent addition to Dr. Kernberg's lexicon and I strongly recommend it. * Brett Plyler, M.D., Doody Enterprises, Inc. * Kernberg's The Inseparable Nature of Love and Aggression: Clinical and Theoretical Perspectives could more accurately be titled 'The Very Best of Otto F. Kernberg.' It will be thoroughly enjoyed and valued as an outstanding clinical and theoretical textbook by any experienced clinician and academician who recognizes the conceptual value of the unconscious and is already familiar with the basic tenets of psychodynamic and object relations theory. * Gregory Mavrides, PsycCRITIQUES May 15, 2013 *
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About Otto F. Kernberg

Otto Kernberg, M.D., is Director of the Personality Disorders Institute, Professor of Psychiatry, and DeWitt Wallace Senior Scholar at the Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York, and Training and Supervising Analyst, Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. Dr. Kernberg formerly served as Director of the C.F. Menninger Memorial Hospital, Supervising and Training Analyst of the Topeka Institute for Psychoanalysis, and Director of the Psychotherapy Research Project of the Menninger Foundation. The recipient of many awards for excellence in psychiatry and author of numerous books in the field, he is also Past President of the International Psychoanalytical Association.
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