The Struggle Against Mourning

Author(s) : Ilany Kogan

The Struggle Against Mourning

Book Details

  • Publisher : Jason Aronson
  • Published : 2007
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Category :
    Grief and Bereavement
  • Category 2 :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 26038
  • ISBN 13 : 9780765705075
  • ISBN 10 : 0765705079
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How does the analyst help the patient to be in touch with pain and mourning? Is the relinquishment of defenses always desirable? And what is the analyst's role in the mourning process - should the analyst struggle to help patients relinquish defenses against pain and mourning, which they may experience as vital to their precarious psychic survival? Or should he or she accompany patients on their way to self-discovery, which may or may not result in the patients letting go of their defenses when faced with the pain and mourning inherent in trauma? the utilization of various defenses and the resulting unresolved mourning reflect the magnitude of the anxiety and pain that is found on the road to mourning. The ability to mourn and the capacity to bear some helplessness while still finding life meaningful are the objectives of the analytic work in this book. The special contribution of this book is the provision of a detailed description of the analyses of patients who have employed an array of defenses in order to avoid facing the painful feelings inherent in mourning in specific life situations. Often, the cases are illustrated with verbatim exchanges from the sessions. The reader is invited to be "present" and follow the intimate patient-therapist dialogue from a close perspective, learning about the problems and dilemmas of both patient and therapist when confronted with loss.

About the Author(s)

Ilany Kogan is a training analyst at the Israel Psychoanalytic Society. She functioned as Clinical Supervisor at the Department of Children and Adolescents, Eppendorf University Hospital, Hamburg, Germany, and of candidates and members of MAP, Munich, Germany and Aachen, Germany, Supervisor of the Psychotherapy Centre for the Child and Adolescent, Bucharest, Romania, Teacher and supervisor at the IPA Psychoanalytic Group, Istanbul, Turkey. She has also worked as a supervisor in various places in Germany, especially in Munich and Aachen, where she continues to this day, and at the Generatia Centre in Bucharest, Romania, and the IPA Study Group, Istanbul, Turkey. For many years, she worked with Holocaust survivors' offspring, and published extensively on this topic. She was awarded the Elise M. Hayman Award for the study of the Holocaust and Genocide, and is the author of The Cry of Mute Children, Escape from Selfhood and The Struggle Against Mourning. She received the Sigourney Award, honouring achievements for the advancement of psychoanalysis in 2016.

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