Psychoanalytic Diagnosis: Understanding Personality Structure in the Clinical Process
  • Psychoanalytic Diagnosis: Understanding Personality Structure in the Clinical Process
  • Psychoanalytic Diagnosis: Understanding Personality Structure in the Clinical Process
ISBN: 0898621992
EAN13: 9780898621990
Language: English
Pages: 398
Dimensions: 1.1" H x 8.9" L x 6.2" W
Weight: 1.5 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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This acclaimed clinical guide and widely adopted text has filled a key need in the field since its original publication. Nancy McWilliams makes psychoanalytic personality theory and its implications for practice accessible to practitioners of all levels of experience. She explains major character types and demonstrates specific ways that understanding the patient's individual personality structure can influence the therapist's focus and style of intervention. Guidelines are provided for developing a systematic yet flexible diagnostic formulation and using it to inform treatment. Highly readable, the book features a wealth of illustrative clinical examples.

New to This Edition *Reflects the ongoing development of the author's approach over nearly two decades. *Incorporates important advances in attachment theory, neuroscience, and the study of trauma. *Coverage of the contemporary relational movement in psychoanalysis.
Winner--Canadian Psychological Association's Goethe Award for Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Scholarship

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5
   Diagnosis that Makes Sense
Mental health practitioners may always be bound by the DSM in working with insurance companies, but the ideas presented in this book will provide a much deeper understanding of what many of the surface symptoms are. McWilliam's writing is clear and concise, simple enough for the beginner, but deals with issues of the complexity of diagnoses appropriate for the practiced clinician. This is not a one-time read -- if you have read it once, you will find yourself returning many times to it.
 
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   excellent!
It is clear and concise, she explains each idea clearly while providing a basic history and different views on it. It is very accessible, very aesthetically structured. In all, regardless of their theoretical orientation, one will get an excellent idea of the diagnosis. This book also helps to understand basic terms such as ego states '', etc. in other psychotherapeutic literature, but does not get. It is simply an excellent text and I think that every clinician should read it. It really improved my understanding and supported my work.
 
5
   Not just for the psychodynamically inclined.
McWilliams has written a classic exposition of psychodiagnosis from the dynamic framework with clarity of expression, humanity and imagination. This book will be read by clinicians seeking to understand symptoms and behavior for years to come, however, not just clinicians exhibiting psychodynamically oriented behaviors. I offer a doctoral training program in psychology and run this book to all my students. Understanding the concepts herein will have a great impact on the clinical work of any serious therapist.
 
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   A New Level of Understanding
This book has given me a new level of understanding of my customers -- sadly one I never received in my developmental-behavioral oriented graduate school. There is a richness and depth of experience that is almost impossible to find in a writer in my experience. E.g. I had no idea about what goes on in the mind and heart of someone with a diagnosis of antisocialpsychopathic personality or how one could reach such an individual. The book speaks of internal conflicts, defenses, transference, and countertransference, and therapeutic strategies in such a way that one has a coherent understanding at a new depth.
 
5
   One of the most helpful books I've come across guiding the practice of psychotherapy
Simply stated, this book helps the clinician understand how the treatment should proceed with different types of clients. What kind of client is contraindicated with what type of client? When should one be hyperattentive to borders and when should one be more lax? When is the good behavior of a client in a session an adversarial and selfish? With which the interpretation should be minimized? With whom is complementary and helpful left-brain thinking detailed and linear, and with whom is it counterproductive? The book connects personality with treatment planning in an easily readable and highly understandable way.
 
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   But I have found this book easy to understand
Thought provoking book on understanding how disorders occur, how to distinguish them and how treatment approaches differ for each. This book assumes some background in psychology. However, I managed to find the book relatively easy to understand. But I am interested in the subject and on my free time read other psychology material.
 
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