The Psychoanalytic Model of the Mind

The Psychoanalytic Model of the Mind

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Despite the widespread influence of psychoanalysis in the field of mental health, until now no single book has been published that explains the psychoanalytic model of the mind to the many students and practitioners who want to understand it. The Psychoanalytic Model of the Mind represents an important breakthrough: in simple language, it presents complicated ideas and concepts in an accessible manner, demystifies psychoanalysis, debunks some of the myths that have plagued it, and defuses the controversies that have too long attended it. The author effectively demonstrates that the psychoanalytic model of the mind is consistent with a brain-based approach. Even in patients whose mental illness has a predominantly biological basis, psychological factors contribute to the onset, expression, and course of the illness. For this reason, treatments that focus exclusively on symptoms are not effective in sustaining change. The psychoanalytic model provides clinicians with the framework to understand each patient as a unique psychological being.The book is rich in descriptive detail yet pragmatic in its approach, offering many features and benefits:  In addition to providing the theoretical scaffolding for psychodynamic psychotherapy, the book emphasizes the critical importance of forging a strong treatment alliance, which requires understanding the transference and countertransference reactions that either disrupt or strengthen the clinician-patient bond. The book is respectful of Freud without being reverential; it considers his contribution as founder of psychoanalysis in the context of the historical and conceptual evolution of the field. The final section is devoted to learning to use the psychoanalytic model and exploring how it can be integrated with existing models of the mind. In addition to being a valuable reference for mental health clinicians, the text can serve as a resource for undergraduate and graduate students of philosophy, neuroscience, psychology, literature, and all academic disciplines outside of the mental health professions who may want to learn more about what psychoanalysts have to say about the mind. Important features include an extensive glossary of terms, a series of illustrative tables, and appendixes addressing libido theory and defenses. Drawing upon a broad range of sources to make her case, the author persuasively argues that the basic tenets of the psychoanalytic model of the mind are supported by empirical evidence as well as clinical efficacy. The Psychoanalytic Model of the Mind is a fascinating exploration of this complex model of mental functioning, and both clinicians and students of the mind will find it comprehensive and more

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  • Paperback | 332 pages
  • 149.86 x 228.6 x 22.86mm | 544.31g
  • American Psychiatric Association Publishing
  • VA, United States
  • English
  • 1 Figures; 57 Tables, unspecified
  • 1585624713
  • 9781585624713
  • 462,276

About Elizabeth L. Auchincloss

Elizabeth L. Auchincloss, M.D., is Vice-Chair for Education, Director of the Institute for Psychodynamic Medicine, DeWitt Wallace Senior Scholar, and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. She is also Senior Associate Director, and Training and Supervising Analyst, at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and more

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Written for students at every level of training, including psychiatry residents, psychology graduate students, social work students, and medical students, The Psychoanalytic Model of the Mind explains how the psychoanalytic model works and how it contributes to the care of people with mental illness. The book is founded on the psychoanalytic thinking that evolved over the last 120 years and surveys how the psychoanalytic model has become the basis for almost all psychological treatments, or "talking cures," for emotional suffering. In plain and accessible language, the author outlines the history of psychoanalysis, answers basic questions, defines the core dimensions of psychodynamic models, and illustrates their clinical utility. The Psychoanalytic Model of the Mind explores the most complex model of mental functioning ever formulated for clinical purposes and demonstrates that this model is useful in treating all patients, all of the more

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About the AuthorForewordPreface and IntroductionAcknowledgmentsPart I: FoundationsChapter 1. Overview: Modeling the Life of the MindChapter 2. Origins of the Psychoanalytic Model of the MindChapter 3. Evolution of the Dynamic UnconsciousChapter 4. Core Dimensions of Psychoanalytic Models of the MindPart II: The Topographic ModelChapter 5. The Mind's TopographyChapter 6. The World of DreamsChapter 7. The Oedipus ComplexPart III: The Structural ModelChapter 8. A New Configuration and a New Concept: The EgoChapter 9. The Id and the SuperegoChapter 10. Conflict and CompromisePart IV: Object Relations Theory and Self PsychologyChapter 11. Object Relations TheoryChapter 12. Self PsychologyPart V: Integration and ApplicationChapter 13. Toward an Integrated Psychoanalytic Model of the MindPart VI: AppendixesAppendix A: Libido TheoryAppendix B: DefensesAppendix C: GlossaryIndexshow more

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This is a good starting point for someone new to the field or a great assistance in systematising one's knowledge. It has a clear style, measured approach, cautious and accurate approach to scientific modelling and awareness of its limitations and aims. Interesting and accurate attempt to bring together various concepts within the field that is notorious for its lack of common ground and subjectivity. * BMA Medical Book Awards 2016 *show more

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