Protecting the Self: Defense Mechanisms in Action

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Integrating theory, research, and practical applications, this timely book provides a comprehensive examination of defense mechanisms and their role in both normal development and psychopathology. The author describes how children and adults mobilize specific kinds of defenses to maintain their psychological equilibrium and preserve self-esteem, particularly in situations of trauma or stress. Many lucid examples illustrate what these mechanisms look like in everyday life; the impact of age, gender, and personality differences; what happens when defenses are used maladaptively; and how they are affected by psychotherapy. Challenges in assessment are considered, and empirically supported instruments and approaches are discussed in depth.
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ISBN-13: 9781593852986
ISBN-10: 1593852983
Pagini: 384
Ilustrații: Illustrations
Dimensiuni: 161 x 228 x 32 mm
Greutate: 0.68 kg
Ediția: 1
Editura: Guilford Publications


Part I: Defenses in Everyday Life. Introduction. Development of Defenses. Part II: A Closer Look at Three Defenses. Denial. Projection. Identification. Part III: Defense Mechanisms in Action. Defenses in Childhood: Stress and Psychopathology. Stress and Defense Use in Adulthood. Defenses and Personality. Gender Differences and Defenses. Studying Defenses Over Time: Longitudinal Studies. Part IV: Defenses and Psychopathology. Defenses and Psychopathology in Adult Community and Student Samples. Defenses and Psychopathology in Adult Psychiatric Patients. Defenses and Psychotherapy. Case Studies. Part V: Assessment of Defenses. Explaining the Defense Mechanism Manual. Other Approaches to Assessing Defense Mechanisms.


'Cramer presents a fascinating program of research and theory on developmental and clinical aspects of defense mechanisms. All students of personality - and all clinicians, regardless of theoretical orientation - will enrich their understanding of the core role that defenses play. Written in a clear and compelling manner, this book helps us understand how denial, projection, and identification are manifested in normal development and in psychopathology. This book makes an important contribution to a developmentally informed approach to mental disorders.' - Robert L. Leahy, PhD, American Institute for Cognitive Thearpy, New York, USA 
'This book is a unique combination of groundbreaking research, sweeping scholarship, and powerful clinical case studies. Cramer convincingly reasserts the central role of defense in any theory of personality, making this book essential reading for clinicians, researchers, and all those involved in the study of human development and personality.' - Jack Novick, PhD, Training and Supervising Analyst, International Psychoanalytic Association

Notă biografică

Phebe Cramer, PhD, Department of Psychology, Williams College, Williamstown, MA, USA