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On Being Normal and Other Disorders - Paul Verhaeghe

On Being Normal and Other Disorders

By: Paul Verhaeghe, Sigi Jottkandt (Translator)

Paperback Published: 17th November 2004
ISBN: 9781590510896
Number Of Pages: 528

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Winner of the 2005 Goethe Award in Psychoanalytic Scholarship

The central argument of On Being Normal and Other Disorders is that psychic identity is acquired through one's primary intersubjective relationships. Thus, the diagnosis of potential pathologies must also be founded on this relation. Given that the efficacy of all forms of treatment depends upon the therapeutic relation, a diagnostic of this sort has wide-ranging applications.

Paul Verhaeghe's critical evaluation of the contemporary DSM-diagnostic shows that the lack of reference to an updated governing metapsychology impinges on the therapeutic value of the DSM categories. In response to this problem, the author sketches out the foundations of such a metapsychology by combining a Freudo-Lacanian approach with contemporary empirical research. Close attention is paid to the processes of identity acquisition to show how the self and the Other are not two separate entities. Rather, subject formation is seen as a process in which both the subject's and the Other's identity, as well as the relationship between them, comes into being.

By engaging this new theoretical approach in a constant dialogue with the findings of contemporary research, this book provides a compass for the practical applications of such a differential diagnostic. Post-modern categories of anxiety disorders, personality disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorders are approached both through the well-known neurotic, psychotic, and perverse structures, as well as through the less familiar distinction between an actual pathology and a psychopathology. These two outlooks, which involve the role of language and the subject's relation to the Other, are spelled out to show their implications for treatment at every turn.

Introduction : clinical psychodiagnostics versus medical diagnosticsp. 3
Categorical diagnostics versus clinical praxis : a matter of impossibilityp. 19
The impotence of epistemologyp. 37
Know-how in clinical practice : doxa as the result of impotence and impossibilityp. 71
Conclusion : the need for a metapsychologyp. 127
Identity as a relational structurep. 153
Defense in double time : a linear modelp. 181
From a linear to a circular model : on becoming a subjectp. 207
Etiology and evolution : nature, nurture, and the theory of the drivep. 235
Conclusion : the subject's position in relation to anxiety, guilt, and depressionp. 259
The actualpathological position : panic disorder and somatizationp. 289
Between actualpathology and psychopathology : post-traumatic stress disorder and borderlinep. 313
The psychopathological position of the subject : hysteria and obsessional neurosisp. 351
Perverse structure versus perverse traitsp. 397
The psychotic structure of the subjectp. 429
Conclusion : diagnosis and treatmentp. 459
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ISBN: 9781590510896
ISBN-10: 1590510895
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 528
Published: 17th November 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.76 x 15.29  x 3.79
Weight (kg): 0.75