Torment Me, But Don't Abandon Me: Psychoanalysis of the Severe Neuroses in a New Key offers analysts and psychodynamic therapists an innovative way of understanding the theoretical intersection of masochism, perversion, shame, guilt, narcissism substance abuse. This constellation of psychopathology frequently is seen in clinical practice and often proves to be a difficult personality organization to treat. While Dr. Wurmser relies on elements of classical analysis to construct his theoretical framework (including a theoretical and clinical analysis of super ego analysis), he incorporates contemporary relational and intersubjective perspectives understanding that the analyst's involvement of the 'self' is critical for the successful treatment of the serious neuroses.
LZon Wurmser, M.D., is clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of West Virginia and training and supervising analyst at the New York Freudian Society. Former professor of psychiatry and director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program at the University of Maryland, he has also taught extensively throughout Europe. Dr. Wurmser trained as a psychiatrist in his native Switzerland and received his psychoanalytic training in this country. Author of 300 articles and coeditor of the six-volume textbook Psychiatric Foundations in Medicine, he has written several books such as The Hidden Dimension and The Mask of Shame. Dr. Wurmser is a recipient of the 1997 Margrit Egner Foundation Award in recognition of outstanding work in anthropologic psychology and philosophy. He maintains a private practice in psychotherapy in Towson, Maryland.
1 Prologue Chapter 2 Sleeping Giant or Fossil? Chapter 3 "The Wall of Stone" - Broken Self and Broken Reality Chapter 4 Character Perversion Chapter 5 The Way from Ithaca to Golgatha - The Analysis of a Masochistic Sexual and Character Perversion Chapter 6 Superego as Herald of Resentment Chapter 7 Tragic Character and the Devastating Power of Absoluteness Chapter 8 "The Envy of the All-powerful Goddess" and Womb Envy - Some Basic Equations Chapter 9 The Core Fantasies - "From Abyss to Abyss" Chapter 10 Technique and Relationship in the Treatment of Severe Neuroses 11 Bibliography