Psychic Retreats: Pathological Organisations in Psychotic, Neurotic and Borderline Patients

Author(s) : John Steiner

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Psychic Retreats: Pathological Organisations in Psychotic, Neurotic and Borderline Patients

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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : January 1993
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 2013
  • ISBN 13 : 9780415099240
  • ISBN 10 : 0415099242
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A innovative attempt to create a third position in Kleinian psychoanalysis, in order to explain pathological organisations of the personality.

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Psychic Retreats are states of mind to which patients can withdraw to evade anxiety and mental pain. The patient who does so excessively gets drawn into a tight knit web of relationships which become organised into a complex structure called a pathological organisation of the personality. This leads to the patient being "Stuck" in their life and in their analysis. Using current Kleinian theory, John Steiner examines how Psychic Retreats are constructed and how analysts can treat them.

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John Steiner is a training analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society and works in private practice as a psychoanalyst. He is the author and editor of several psychoanalytic papers and books.

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