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1st Edition

Psychotherapy and the Promiscuous Patient

ISBN 9781560243175
Published January 8, 1993 by Routledge
190 Pages

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Book Description

Learn effective strategies for therapy with promiscuous patients from this in-depth exploration of the phenomenon of promiscuity in the lives and backgrounds of patients seeking psychotherapy. This unique book features insights about the pitfalls of patients who cannot bear commitment to any one person, or who jeopardize their commitments with a need to spark their lives with promiscuity. Psychotherapy and the Promiscuous Patient teaches psychotherapists to respond to their patients’promiscuous behavior as a symptom of a problem, not the problem itself.

A realm of aspects of promiscuity are explored within the psychiatric context. Promiscuity is very broadly defined in fascinating examinations of adult promiscuity as a result of childhood sexual abuse, hypersexuality in adult males, addiction to the sensation of “falling in love,” career promiscuity, and even psychotherapy as an uncommon “promiscuity’--a nonexclusive, altruistic love. Timely chapters confront the changing distinctions between promiscuity and sex addiction and challenge readers to uncover the various emotional needs met by promiscuity in order to protect patients from their self-destructive behavior.

Knowledgeable practicing psychotherapists relate methods for dealing with patients’constant restlessness and working with a variety of patients in an intimate setting. Psychotherapy and the Promiscuous Patient contains invaluable strategies that can be directly applied to practice including:

  • the use of narrative construction and reconstruction as treatment for sexually promiscuous clients
  • a self-psychological approach to treatment
  • the importance of confusion as an introduction to change in therapy
  • a method of self-investigation applied to promiscuous behavior
  • the implications of the clinical meaning and therapeutic use of strong-laughter outbursts in psychology
  • a self-psychology perspective on transference to therapists

    Psychotherapy and the Promiscuous Patient is a valuable clinical book for psychotherapists, and it offers an across the board appeal to a wide variety of psychiatrists and related social scientists who are interested in today’s shifting moral climate. It is also an ideal supplemental text for an introductory methods or applications in psychiatry course.

Table of Contents

Contents More Than a Romp

  •  Assessment of Promiscuous Behavior
  • Adult Promiscuity Following Childhood Sexual Abuse: An Introduction
  •  Addiction or Promiscuity?
  • The Concept of Promiscuity--A Self-Psychology Perspective
  • Hypersexuality as a Disorder of the Self
  • “Psychopathological Promiscuity” and “Refinding” in the Quest for Sexual Love: Recapitulations of Incest Fantasy and Narcissism
  • The Bubble
  • Introducing Confusion to Create Change
  • Career Promiscuity: Patients Who Cannot Commit to a Career
  •  The Personal Valuation of Promiscuity: A Method of Investigation
  •  AIDS and the Client “In the Fast Lane”: Narrative Construction and Reconstruction
  • Promiscuity, Psychotherapy, and Strong Laughter
  • The Promiscuity of Psychotherapy
  • Reference Notes Included

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