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Arrogance

Developmental, Cultural, and Clinical Realms, 1st Edition

Edited by Salman Akhtar, Ann Smolen

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188 pages

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Arrogance as a specific constellation of affect, fantasy, and behavior has received little attention in psychoanalysis. This is striking in light of the enormous amount of literature accumulated on the related phenomenon of narcissism. Rectifying this omission, the book in your hands addresses arrogance from multiple perspectives. Among the vantage points employed are psychoanalysis, evolutionary psychology, cross-cultural anthropology, fiction, as well as clinical work with children and adults. The result is a harmonious gestalt of insight that is bound to enhance the clinician's attunement to the covert anguish of those afflicted with arrogance.

Reviews

"In this wide-ranging book, Salman Akhtar, Ann Smolen, and their invited contributors greatly deepen our understanding of arrogance. They demonstrate that arrogance affects men more than women, that it is found in analysts as well as in patients, that it serves both discharge and defensive functions, and that is has adaptive as well as pathological features. Some of us may arrogantly believe they have no need to read this book, but those who do read it will be enriched by the experience." --Richard Waugaman, MD,Training and Supervising Analyst (Emeritus), Washington Psychoanalytic Institute

"This book provides a timely psychoanalytic focus on the multifaceted realm of arrogance. Its distinguished contributors move from evolutionary theory through cross-cultural perspectives and from literature to clinical considerations at all phases of development. The resulting discourse gives much food for thought about attitudes toward arrogance. The inclusion of a full-length essay on the opposite of arrogance, namely, humility, adds further nuance and clinical usefulness to the text. This book will be useful for all psychotherapists and is well worth reading." --Frederick H. Lowy, MD, Psychoanalyst, former Dean of Medicine, University of Toronto

Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

ABOUT THE EDITORS AND CONTRIBUTORS

INTRODUCTION

PROLOGUE

CHAPTER ONE

The realm of arrogance

Salman Akhtar

PART I: DEVELOPMENTAL REALM

CHAPTER TWO

An evolutionary hypothesis on arrogance

Kathryn Baselice and J. Anderson Thomson, Jr.

CHAPTER THREE

Arrogance of children and adolescents

Ann Smolen

CHAPTER FOUR

Defensive arrogance in adult philanderers

Jerome Blackman

PART II: CULTURAL REALM

CHAPTER FIVE

Arrogance in text and in context

Apurvah Shah

 

 

CHAPTER SIX

Literary portrayals of arrogance

Nilofer Kaul

PART III: CLINICAL REALM

CHAPTER SEVEN

Arrogance and aloneness

Kathleen Ross

CHAPTER EIGHT

Arrogance in countertransference

Dhwani Shah

CHAPTER NINE

Managing arrogance in child analysis

Susan Sherkow

EPILOGUE

CHAPTER TEN

The realm of humility

Salman Akhtar

 

REFERENCES

INDEX

About the Editors

SALMAN AKHTAR, MD, is Professor of Psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College and a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia.

ANN SMOLEN, PhD, is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY026000
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis