Beyond the Primal Addiction: Food, Sex, Gambling, Internet Shopping and Work

Editor : Nina Savelle-Rocklin, Editor : Salman Akhtar

Beyond the Primal Addiction: Food, Sex, Gambling, Internet Shopping and Work

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : March 2019
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 192
  • Category :
    Addictions
  • Category 2 :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 94226
  • ISBN 13 : 9780367150723
  • ISBN 10 : 9780367150

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Written by experienced practitioners in the fields of addiction and psychoanalysis, and illustrated by a range of moving vignettes, this groundbreaking book examines the psychological foundations of addiction in the areas of food, sex, gambling, internet usage, shopping, and work. This book not only explores the roots of addictive behavior, explaining why popular treatment options such as the 12-Step Program often fail, it also provides insights for emotional resolution and strategies for behavioral change. Beyond the Primal Addiction seeks to understand rather than pathologize addictive behaviours, now so pervasive in contemporary societies. It will be essential reading for psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, and other mental health professionals, as well as their clients.

About the Editor(s)

Salman Akhtar, MD, was born in India and completed his medical and psychiatric education there. Upon arriving in the USA in 1973, he repeated his psychiatric training at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, and then obtained psychoanalytic training from the Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Institute. Currently, he is Professor of Psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College and a training and supervising analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. He has authored, edited or co-edited more than 300 publications including books on psychiatry and psychoanalysis and several collections of poetry. He is also a Scholar-in-Residence at the Inter-Act Theatre Company in Philadelphia. Salman Akhtar received the Sigourney Award in 2012.

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