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Psychoanalytic diagnosis : understanding personality structure in the clinical process

Author: Nancy McWilliams
Publisher: New York : Guilford Press, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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This acclaimed clinical guide and widely adopted text has filled a key need in the field since its original publication. Nancy McWilliams makes psychoanalytic personality theory and its implications for practice accessible to practitioners of all levels of experience. She explains major character types and demonstrates specific ways that understanding the patient's individual personality structure can influence the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nancy McWilliams
ISBN: 9781609184940 1609184947
OCLC Number: 698580704
Description: xxi, 426 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Conceptual issues --
Why diagnose? --
Psychoanalytic character diagnosis --
Developmental levels of personality organization --
Implications of developmental levels of organization --
Primary defensive processes --
Secondary defensive processes --
Types of character organization --
Psychopathic (antisocial) personalities --
Narcissistic personalities --
Schizoid personalities --
Paranoid personalities --
Depressive and manic personalities --
Masochistic (self-defeating) personalities --
Obsessive and compulsive personalities --
Hysterical (histrionic) personalities --
Dissociative psychologies.
Responsibility: Nancy McWilliams.

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This acclaimed clinical guide and widely adopted text has filled a key need in the field since its original publication. Nancy McWilliams makes psychoanalytic personality theory and its implications for practice accessible to practitioners of all levels of experience. She explains major character types and demonstrates specific ways that understanding the patient's individual personality structure can influence the therapist's focus and style of intervention. Guidelines are provided for developing a systematic yet flexible diagnostic formulation and using it to inform treatment. Highly readable, the book features a wealth of illustrative clinical examples. --

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"This is a book for all clinicians who aspire to understand their clients deeply and help them live more richly and authentically. McWilliams synthesizes a century of cumulative clinical wisdom and Read more...

 
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