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Working with Difficult Patients

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR INTRODUCTION PART I CHAPTER ONE What do we mean by difficult patients? CHAPTER TWO Trauma as a source of pathology CHAPTER THREE Trauma in the primary relationship CHAPTER FOUR Defences and psychopathological constructions CHAPTER FIVE Psychic withdrawal CHAPTER SIX The superego in difficult patients CHAPTER SEVEN The unconscious in neurotic, borderline, and psychotic patientsPART II CHAPTER EIGHT The pathology of sexuality CHAPTER NINE The erotic transference: from dream to delusion CHAPTER TEN Is it possible to cure paedophilia? CHAPTER ELEVEN The enigma of transsexualism CHAPTER TWELVE Reflections on the origins of sexual perversions CHAPTER THIRTEEN The perverse fascination of the destructive organisation CHAPTER FOURTEEN Pathological dependences on the Internet CHAPTER FIFTEEN Some problems in treating borderline patients CHAPTER SIXTEEN Elements for the analytic therapy of psychotic patients CHAPTER SEVENTEEN The therapeutic approach to the delusional experience CHAPTER EIGHTEEN The problematic position of the transference in the psychotic state CHAPTER NINETEEN Difficult patients: conclusions NOTES REFERENCES INDEX

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Franco De Masi


'Franco De Masi is an original and humane voice in psychoanalysis; he has the courage to take on tough topics - suicide bombers, facing the pain of death, and now, working with difficult patients. He writes with clarity, and with convincing clinical illustrations. This book will be enlightening to professionals working in the mental health field and beyond.'- Irma Brenman Pick, Training Analyst and Distinguished Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society'Dr De Masi's new book is an impressive account of his work with "difficult" patients and what we can learn from them about ourselves. Based on his rich clinical experience, he invites us to explore the borderline area between neurosis and psychosis and to share his discoveries in this field. An outstanding contribution not only for the practising psychoanalyst, but also for all those who are confronted with these multifaceted pathologies and phenomena in their daily clinical work.'- Prof. Dr. med. Heinz Weiss, Head of the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine, Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus, Stuttgart; Managing Director of the Medical Section, Sigmund-Freud-Institut, Frankfurt a.M.; lecturer, University of Tubingen, Germany'In Working with Difficult Patients, Franco De Masi shares a lifetime of clinical experience and creative thought about the treatment of patients who suffer from early trauma, significant disturbances in early object relationships (over-intrusiveness, insufficient responsiveness), and the pathological organisations that follow in their wake. The broad reach of this integrative work has deep roots in the writings of Bion, Winnicott, and the neo-Kleinians, especially Rosenfeld, Meltzer, Segal, Steiner, and Brenman. This book should prove of great interest and value to any clinician engaged in the analytic treatment of the wide range of psychopathological conditions that lie beyond neurosis and classical technique, from the borderline to the psychotic, and all the possible variations and presentations - addictions, perversions, eating disorders, etc - that lie between.'- Howard B. Levine, MD, supervising analyst at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis and co-editor of Unrepresented States and the Construction of Meaning'Franco De Masi's writing is concise, scholarly, and illuminating. In this new book, a conceptual and clinical inquiry into core aspects of serious disturbance in neurotic and psychotic individuals, he conveys insights and formulations that will be of great value to any clinician assisting severely disturbed patients make changes in their lives, which they also experience as unattainable. An immensely valuable contribution.'- Paul Williams, former Joint Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Psychoanalysis

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