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Self Defense in a Narcissistic World : The New Everyday Addiction to Power Trips - Gerald Alper

Self Defense in a Narcissistic World

The New Everyday Addiction to Power Trips

Paperback Published: 1st March 2004
ISBN: 9780761827962
Number Of Pages: 210

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Self Defense in a Narcissistic World explores a new, basically unrecognized and highly prevalent everyday addiction: power trips. Author Gerald Alper examines the disastrous consequences of this simple but insidious, and largely unconscious, cultural and psychological phenomenon. Discussed in the book are vivid everyday occurrences of power trips, including myriads of "therapy trips," or subtle power transactions between therapist and patient. A key section is then devoted to revealing the strategies and dynamics of power trips. The author also offers a sober consideration of consequences suffered when the psychodynamics of a power trip are performed on the world stage.

Alper's books represent a crowning contribution to the psychology of creativity in psychotherapy.--Erwin Randolph Parson, Ph.D. "Former Editor Of The Journal Of Contemporary Psychotherapy "

Prefacep. ix
Everyday Examplesp. 1
The Untouchablep. 1
Fighting The Enemyp. 12
Defensive Benefits From Demonizing The Enemyp. 21
And Baby Makes Threep. 23
God And Powerp. 29
The Unreturned Telephone Callp. 40
The Letterp. 45
The Creation Of Nothingp. 49
The Dynamicsp. 49
Benefits Of Creating Nothingp. 51
The Dynamics Of Saying Nop. 52
Saying Nothingp. 53
The Dynamicsp. 54
Examplesp. 54
Doing A Hatcher Jobp. 56
Paranoid Gratificationp. 57
The Willp. 59
The Will as Object Relationp. 60
The Argumentp. 61
The Argument As An Object Relationp. 63
The Denial Of Responsibilityp. 66
Therapy Tripsp. 69
The Difference Of Powerp. 69
The Patientp. 69
The Therapistp. 70
"I Never Thought Of You As A Man Before"p. 72
Turning The Tablesp. 78
Abandoning The Therapistp. 80
Depriving The Therapistp. 81
"I'm From Missouri--Show Me"p. 82
"I Want A New Contract"p. 84
Not Relatingp. 85
Examples Of Countertransference Trapsp. 90
"I Don't Think I'm Getting Any Better"p. 102
To Use The Therapistp. 104
Therapist Power Tripsp. 106
"This Is For Your Own Good"p. 106
"You Know, I Used To Be Just Like You"p. 108
Encountering Socratesp. 110
To Put The Patient In Their Placep. 112
Rejecting The Patientp. 114
Strategies and Dynamics of Power Tripsp. 117
Characteristics Of Power Tripsp. 117
Painting Someone Into A Cornerp. 119
Hierarchical Relatingp. 121
p. 123
p. 125
The One Hundred Greatest Minds Of The Centuryp. 129
At Home With The Sopranosp. 131
Dynamics Of Intimidationp. 134
Traits Of Psychopathic Power Operationsp. 137
Changing The Subjectp. 139
Ways Of Changing The Subjectp. 140
"Shut Up"p. 141
"Your Hair Is As White As Those Trees"p. 144
The World We Live inp. 149
Trial By Juryp. 149
The Ultimate Power Tripp. 158
Postmodern Politicsp. 169
The Fate of the Politics of Power and The New Millenniump. 185
September 11: Through The Lens Of A Psychotherapistp. 187
Conclusionp. 197
Referencesp. 199
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ISBN: 9780761827962
ISBN-10: 076182796X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 210
Published: 1st March 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.34 x 13.72  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.32

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