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Character and Self-Experience : Working with Obsessive-Compulsive, Depressive-Masochistic, Narcissistic, and Other Character Styles - Lawrence Josephs

Character and Self-Experience

Working with Obsessive-Compulsive, Depressive-Masochistic, Narcissistic, and Other Character Styles

Paperback Published: 1st July 1995
ISBN: 9781568215808
Number Of Pages: 344

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Character and Self-Experience provides an original and innovative approach to understanding human character in terms of the phenomenology of self-experience. Lawrence Josephs reviews the psychoanalytic theory of character structure from Freud to Klein to Kohut, and proposes an integrative model of the organization of the self. This structural model of the self is then applied to describing and developing vivid character portraitures of major personality styles. Using extensive case examples, Josephs presents evocative narratives of obsessive-compulsive, hysteric, depressive-masochistic, narcissistic, paranoid, schizoid, and antisocial character styles and articulates implications for their treatment. In contrast with previous attempts to highlight theoretical differences to prove one approach superior, this book acknowledges that each theoretical orientation provides an important focus and perspective, and aims to advance a unified theory integrating the multiple views into a coherent whole.

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Character and Self-Experience is a heroic effort to integrate psychoanalytic perspectives on character into a unified framework encompassing earlier, diverse views. Joseph's framework, centering on the multiple dimensions of self-experience, provides the basis for an experience-near typology of character that is directly applicable to therapeutic practice. This rich, comprehensive, and lucidly written text is a major contribution to psychoanalytic characterology that should be of great value to students and practitioners of psychoanalytic therapy.--Robert D. Stolorow, Ph.D., Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles

Preface to the Softcover Edition
Introductionp. 1
Libidinal Typesp. 9
Defensive Stylesp. 25
Cognitive Stylesp. 39
Interpersonal Stylesp. 51
The Archaic Relational Matrixp. 72
The Organization of the Selfp. 90
Integrative Overviewp. 128
Obsessive-Compulsive Character Structurep. 139
Hysterical Character Structurep. 157
Depressive-Masochistic Character Structurep. 175
Narcissistic Character Structurep. 194
Paranoid Character Structurep. 217
Schizoid Character Structurep. 240
Antisocial Character Structurep. 263
Final Overviewp. 286
Referencesp. 305
Indexp. 311
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ISBN: 9781568215808
ISBN-10: 1568215800
Series: Working with Obsessive-Compulsive, Depressive-Masochistic, N
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 1st July 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.34  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.47

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