With the help of illuminating clinical vignettes and a solid anchor in the contemporary diversity of psychoanalytic theorizing, Akhtar's book offers clinicians a rare glimpse into both the dark corners of psychopathology and the fresh arenas of healthy mental functioning. As a result, the readers find their capacity for empathy deepened and their therapeutic skills sharpened. A Jason Aronson Book
Salman Akhtar, M.D., is professor of psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College, lecturer on psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and training and supervising analyst at the Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Institute. He is the book review editor of the Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, an associate editor of the Journal of Psychotherapy Practice and Research, member of the editorial board of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, past member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, and an editorial reader for Psychoanalytic Quarterly. He is the author of Broken Structures: Severe Personality Disorders and Their Treatment (1992) and Quest for Answers: A Primer for Understanding and Treating Severe Personality Disorders (1995). His more than 130 scientific publications also include thirteen edited or co-edited books. Dr. Akhtar is the recipient of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association's Award (1995) and the Margaret Mahler Literature Prize (1996), and was named the 1998 Clinician of the Year by IPTAR, New York. He has also published five volumes of poetry.
Part 1 PART I: UNEXPLORED PROBLEMS Chapter 2 Mental Pain Chapter 3 Writer's Block Part 4 PART II: UNRECOGNIZED PERSONALITIES Chapter 5 The Shy Narcissist Chapter 6 The Other Woman Part 7 PART III: UNCELEBRATED PARTNERS Chapter 8 Animals Chapter 9 Things Part 10 PART IV: UNFAMILIAR PROCESSES Chapter 11 From Simplicity through Contradiction to Paradox Chapter 12 From Schisms through Synthesis to Oscillation Part 13 PART V: UNTAPPED POTENTIALS Chapter 14 Mentorship Chapter 15 Forgiveness