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Book Review: Mourning, Spirituality and Psychic Change: A New Object Relations View of Psychoanalysis, by Susan Kavaler-Adler, Brunner-Routledge, 2003, 297 pp.1

Book Review: Mourning, Spirituality and Psychic Change: A New Object Relations View of... The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, Vol. 65, No. 1, March 2005 ( 2005) DOI: 10.1007/s11231-004-1820-0 Book Reviews Edited by Riva L. Tait, Ph.D. Playing Hard at Life: A Relational Approach to Treating Multiply Traumatized Adolescents by Etty Cohen, NY: The Analytic Press, 2003, 230 pp. In an Introduction to a volume on ‘‘Theoretical and technical approaches to psychic trauma’’ for the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Asso- ciation (Hoffman, 2003), I wrote how, ‘‘In 1927, Freud described the non- psychotic disavowal of reality of two young men who lost their fathers in childhood. In these men, two mental states existed side by side: one which fitted in with the wish and the other with reality.’’ In his posthumously pub- lished, ‘‘An Outline of Psychoanalysis,’’ Freud (1940) discussed further the idea that splitting, as a mechanism, was ubiquitous in childhood. Children, he stated, in addition to coping with undesirable instinctual demands by repressions, often find themselves in positions needing to fend off distressing demands from the external world. They do this by means of disavowal of the perceptions from reality. ‘‘The disavowal is always supplemented by an acknowledgement; two contrary and independent attitudes always arise and result in the situation http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The American Journal of Psychoanalysis Springer Journals

Book Review: Mourning, Spirituality and Psychic Change: A New Object Relations View of Psychoanalysis, by Susan Kavaler-Adler, Brunner-Routledge, 2003, 297 pp.1

The American Journal of Psychoanalysis , Volume 65 (1) – Dec 17, 2004

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2005 by Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis
Subject
Psychology; Clinical Psychology; Psychotherapy; Psychoanalysis
ISSN
0002-9548
eISSN
1573-6741
DOI
10.1007/s11231-004-1821-z
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The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, Vol. 65, No. 1, March 2005 ( 2005) DOI: 10.1007/s11231-004-1820-0 Book Reviews Edited by Riva L. Tait, Ph.D. Playing Hard at Life: A Relational Approach to Treating Multiply Traumatized Adolescents by Etty Cohen, NY: The Analytic Press, 2003, 230 pp. In an Introduction to a volume on ‘‘Theoretical and technical approaches to psychic trauma’’ for the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Asso- ciation (Hoffman, 2003), I wrote how, ‘‘In 1927, Freud described the non- psychotic disavowal of reality of two young men who lost their fathers in childhood. In these men, two mental states existed side by side: one which fitted in with the wish and the other with reality.’’ In his posthumously pub- lished, ‘‘An Outline of Psychoanalysis,’’ Freud (1940) discussed further the idea that splitting, as a mechanism, was ubiquitous in childhood. Children, he stated, in addition to coping with undesirable instinctual demands by repressions, often find themselves in positions needing to fend off distressing demands from the external world. They do this by means of disavowal of the perceptions from reality. ‘‘The disavowal is always supplemented by an acknowledgement; two contrary and independent attitudes always arise and result in the situation

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The American Journal of PsychoanalysisSpringer Journals

Published: Dec 17, 2004

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