Intimacy and Alienation puts forward the author's unique paradigm for psychotherapy and counselling based on the assumption that each patient has suffered a disruption of the 'self', and that the goal of the therapist is to identify and work with that disruption.
Using many clinical illustrations, and drawing on self psychology, attachment therapy and theories of trauma, Russell Meares looks at the nature of self and how it develops, before going on to explore the form and feeling of experience when self is disrupted in a traumatic way, and focusing on ways towards the restoration of the self.
Written in an accessible style from the author's singular perspective, Intimacy and Alienation will appeal to professionals in the fields of psychotherapy, counselling, social work and psychiatry, as well as to students and the lay reader.
Table of Contents
The Self in Conversation. Part 1: Self and Development. I, Me, Myself. Conversational Play. Two Forms of Human Conversation. Memory. Part II: The Trauma System. Uncoupled Consciousness. Disrupted Maturation: Dissolution Hypothesis. A Theory of Value. Feeling Creates Reality. Malignant Internalisation. The Evocative Context. Priming and Projective Identification: On Being Constructed. Satellites of Trauma. Part III: Integration. Transforming the Chronicle. Flights & Perching. Epilogue. The Death of Narcissus.
Russell Meares is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Sydney, and Director of Psychiatry at Westmead Hoapital, Sydney.