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Primitive Agony and Symbolization
Author: Rene Roussillon

ISBN: 9781855758568
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 17 August 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 14.7 x 2.3
Description:
The fundamental outlook of this book is clinical. It attempts to establish a unitary model of the processes at work in different forms of narcissistic pathology, and to offer a model that is both an alternative and complementary to Freud's model of what are usually considered to be neurotic problems. The aim is to extract a sequence of mental processes that could be seen as typical of narcissistic disturbances of the sense of identity, with their several forms and clinical variations. It describes how these are structured, together with their intrapsychic and intersubjective functions, based on the hypothesis of a defensive pattern that is set up to counter the effect of a split-off primary trauma and the threat that hangs over the mind and subjectivity.

`Deeply rooted in the French tradition, Roussillon is an analyst and author with an independent mind, willing to embrace diversity while not falling into unprincipled eclecticism. This book is highly representative of his whole endeavour as an author: a creative, personal integration of Freudian metapsychology with Winnicott's clinical and theoretical landscape. This makes for an original c...

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