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Self-Hatred in Psychoanalysis

Detoxifying the Persecutory Object, 1st Edition

Edited by Jill Savege Scharff, Stanley A. Tsigounis


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The persecutory object is the element of the personality which attacks your confidence, productivity and acceptance to the point of no return. Persecuted patients torture themselves, hurt their loved ones and torment their therapists.

In this book, the authors deal with the tenacity of the persecutory object, integrating object relations and Kleinian theories in a way of working with persecutory states of mind. This is vividly illustrated in a variety of situations, including:

·individual, couple and group therapy

·serious paediatric illness

·working with persecutory aspects of family business.

It is argued that the persecutory object can be contained, modified, and in many cases detoxified by the process of skilful intensive psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. Self Hatred in Psychoanalysis will be invaluable to a variety of practitioners including psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, social workers, psychiatrists and mental health counsellors.

Table of Contents

The Theory of Persecutory States of Mind. Tsigounis, J. Savege Scharff, Introduction to the Persecutory Object. J. Savege Scharff, Sources of Persecutory Anxiety - Death Instinct or Bad Objects. D. E. Scharff, The Interpersonal, Sexual Tie to the Traumatic Object. Ashbach, Persecutory Objects, Guilt and Shame. Varela, The Noise of a Persecutory Object. Ravenscroft, Persecutory Objects in the Body of Self and Other in Munchausen by Proxy. The Practice of Detoxifying Persecutory Objects in Assessment, Psychotherapy and Consultation. Kaufman, Working with Murderous Project and Internal Mutilation. Johnson, Treating Persecutory Anxiety in an Adolescent Boy. Bagnini, Containing Anxiety with Divorcing Couples. Hall, Recovering from Projections as the Group Cotherapist. Altamarino, Holding and Containing During Surgery for Physical Deformity. Stadter, Working with Persecutory Aspects of Family Business. Tsigounis, Detoxification Possible and Impossible.

About the Editors

Jill Savege Scharff is Co-Director of the International Institute of Object Relations Therapy, Chevy Chase, Maryland, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University, USA, and Teaching Analyst at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute. She is in private practice in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Stanley A. Tsigounis is Executive Director of the Florida Institute for Object Relations Therapy and is on the core faculty of the International Institute of Object Relations Therapy in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He is Clinical Psychologist in private practice in both Sarasota and Tampa, Florida, USA

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health