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A Pattern of Madness - Neville Symington

Paperback Published: 1st January 2002
ISBN: 9781855752795
Number Of Pages: 248

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Author of many respected psychoanalytic works including Narcissism: A New Theory, Emotion and Spirit, Making of a Psychotherapist and Spirit of Sanity, the distinguished psychoanalyst Neville Symington's latest book expands, refines and deepens what has become an ever more impressive, far-reaching and absorbing inquiry into the nature of madness and sanity. It is Symington's central contention that the core psychopathology of our times can be identified and designated as narcissism, although self-centredness, egoism or solipsism might serve equally well. Critical of psychiatry's mere symptomatology, and of much psychotherapeutic practice as superficial and sterile, the present volume probes compellingly into the narcissistic pattern in an effort to delineate its structure in all its complexity and thereby gain a measure of perspective and distance from this most intractable of psychic states.

'A bold and fascinating discourse on the inner structure of madness. Symington's analysis of the polarity between narcissism and emotional freedom is highly original, and the clinical vignettes are lucid and striking.'- Anne Alvarez, PhD. Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, Tavistock Clinic

Introductionp. 1
The pattern of sanityp. 13
Ontologyp. 25
Freedomp. 37
The personp. 45
Narcissism and the struggle for survivalp. 49
Emotional actionp. 56
The internalizing actp. 66
Roy Schafer's action languagep. 70
The pattern of madnessp. 77
The jellyp. 83
Godp. 91
Acts of Godp. 109
The quality of attachmentp. 114
The wormp. 122
Perversionsp. 128
Traumap. 131
Psychiatric diseasesp. 141
Psychoanalytic schema of narcissism derived from psychiatryp. 150
The subjective experiencep. 159
Human dilemmasp. 163
Guiltp. 175
Generation of perception and beliefp. 183
Self-knowledge versus self-consciousnessp. 188
Techniquep. 191
Reverse perspectivep. 206
App.: Principles of actionp. 215
Referencesp. 219
Indexp. 225
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ISBN: 9781855752795
ISBN-10: 1855752794
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 1st January 2002
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.41