Affect Intolerance in Patient and Analyst

Affect Intolerance in Patient and Analyst

By: Stanley J. Coen (author)Hardback

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The ability of psychotherapists to tolerate their own feelings in the clinical situation determines how their patients experience and tolerate their own intense-and often distressing-affect. Dr. Stanley J. Coen draws on his own struggles with the most difficult and challenging patients in his practice, and finds that affect intolerance, in both patient and therapist, can be mitigated and understood when therapists broaden their emotional range, enabling them to engage in emotionally richer interactions with the patient. The more of their own feelings and wishes that clinicians can take responsibility for, the more they can tolerate, contain, and eventually interpret what patients find emotionally unbearable. Dr. Coen describes, in detail, how he works with difficult patients, trying to engage them as deeply and fully as both they and he can tolerate. A Jason Aronson Book

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About Author

Stanley J. Coen, M.D., is a training and supervising analyst at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, clinical professor of psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Clinical Psychoanalysis, and the Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies. He was awarded the Alexander Beller Memorial Prize for Psychoanalytic Writing and the George E. Daniels Merit Award for Excellence in Psychoanalysis. He is the author of The Misuse of Persons: Analyzing Pathological Dependency (1992) and Between Author and Reader: A Psychoanalytic Approach to Writing and Reading (1994). Dr. Coen has lectured widely on clinical issues and on psychoanalysis writing.


Part 1 What Makes Affect Intolerable for the Patient and Therapist? Chapter 2 Barriers to Love between Patient and Therapist Chapter 3 How to Help Patients and Therapists Bear the Unbearable Chapter 4 Managing Rage and Hate in the Treatment Setting Part 5 What is the Therapist's Role in Helping the Patient Develop Affect Intolerance? Chapter 6 Dangerous Need and Desire Chapter 7 Perverse Defenses in Neurotic Patients Chapter 8 The Wish to Regress in Patient and Therapist Chapter 9 How Much Does the Therapist at Work Need to Feel? Part 10 Helping Therapist Affect Tolerance through Taking and Writing About our Work Chapter 11 Discussing Colleagues' Therapeutic Work Chapter 12 Why We Need to Write Openly about Our Clinical Cases Chapter 13 Applications of Child Development Research to Adult Treatment Chapter 14 The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Interpretation

Product Details

  • publication date: 28/09/2002
  • ISBN13: 9780765703644
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • ID: 9780765703644
  • weight: 681
  • ISBN10: 0765703645

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