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Self-Agency in Psychotherapy : Attachment, Autonomy, and Intimacy - Jean Knox

Self-Agency in Psychotherapy

Attachment, Autonomy, and Intimacy

By: Jean Knox

Hardcover Published: 6th December 2010
ISBN: 9780393705591
Number Of Pages: 256

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This book discusses how people come to perceive themselves, the impact of past trauma and attachments on selfhood and self-concept, and how self-perception can impact the most intimate relationships. Written by an internationally acclaimed psychiatrist and analyst.

"This book will surely become a classic! It is a remarkable, groundbreaking, sweeping synthesis of the best research available on the formation of the mind applied to the art of psychotherapy. In masterly fashion, Knox not only takes the reader through the developmental evolution of self-agency, but also manages to challenge and empower each of us to claim the various levels of agency by which we live and work." -- Joe Cambray, PhD, President, International Association for Analytic Psychology
"Self-Agency in Psychotherapy is an amazing integration of developmental research and neuroscience with clinical theory and practice. Knox has written a fascinating and important book." -- Beatrice Beebe, PhD, Clinical Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, Columbia University
"Knox has given us gold. At once accessible and erudite, Self-Agency in Psychotherapy points the way to new conceptions of mind and of interaction. Spanning far-ranging literatures of psychoanalysis, neurobiology, infant research, and philosophy, Knox weaves an argument that self-agency is at the nexus of cultural, bodily and psychic forces. This volume represents cutting-edge interpersonal neurobiology, thought through the lens of a practicing analytic clinician." -- Bruce Reis, PhD, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: What Does Self-Agency Mean?p. 1
The Relational, Developmental, and Neurobiological Foundations of Self-Agency
The Challenges to Psychoanalytic Theories From Developmental Researchp. 21
Developmental Research on the Embodied and Relational Roots of Self-Agencyp. 41
The Neurobiology of the Self and of Self-Agencyp. 60
From Action and Imitation to Empathy and Mentalizationp. 85
Clinical Aspects of Self-Agency
When Words Do Not Mean What They Say: Self-Agency and the Coercive Use of Languagep. 107
The Fear of Love: The Loss of Agency in Relationshipp. 126
The Abuse of an Object and Relating Through Incorporationp. 146
The Analytic Relationship: Integrating Psychodynamic, Attachment Theory, and Developmental Perspectivesp. 162
The Effect of the Therapist's Clinical Approach on the Patient's Sense of Self-Agencyp. 184
Postscript: Negative Attribution in Infancy and in Psychotherapyp. 202
Referencesp. 213
Indexp. 235
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ISBN: 9780393705591
ISBN-10: 0393705595
Series: Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 6th December 2010
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 16.2  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.55
Edition Number: 1