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Psychoanalytic Diagnosis, Second Edition: Understanding Personality Structure in the Clinical Process

Psychoanalytic Diagnosis, Second Edition: Understanding Personality Structure in the Clinical Process

This acclaimed clinical guide and widely adopted text has filled a key need in the field since its original publication. Nancy McWilliams makes psychoanalytic personality theory and its implications for practice accessible to practitioners of all levels of experience. She explains major character types and demonstrates specific ways that understanding the patient’s individual personality structure can influence the therapist’s focus and style of intervention. Guidelines are provided for developing a systematic yet flexible diagnostic formulation and using it to inform treatment. Highly readable, the book features a wealth of illustrative clinical examples.

 

New to This Edition

*Reflects the ongoing development of the author’s approach over nearly two decades.

*Incorporates important advances in attachment theory, neuroscience, and the study of trauma.

*Coverage of the contemporary relational movement in psychoanalysis.

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  1. Daniel Rasic "Thriller Fan" said,

    Wrote on July 22, 2012 @ 7:16 pm

    19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent Resource for Trainees, July 26, 2011
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    This review is from: Psychoanalytic Diagnosis, Second Edition: Understanding Personality Structure in the Clinical Process (Hardcover)

    This review is mainly from having used the first edition, but I have looked through the second as well.

    If I had to choose one book that had the biggest influence on my training, it would be McWilliams’ Psychoanalytic Diagnosis.

    The book neatly, concisely and coherently describes the theoretical underpinnings of the major schools of psychoanalysis. I haven’t seen it described as well anywhere else. Those chapters alone are worth the cost of the book. The other valuable part of the book is the descriptions of the major personality pathologies, their origins as well as common transference and countertransference encountered with each. Again, this is invaluable as in most residencies and training programs, these areas are not covered in any great depth. The writing is clear, with case illustrations.

    I recommend this book for any trainee in psychiatry, social work or psychology who wants to deepen their understanding of patient encounters.

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  2. Vanessa "musicaleyes9" said,

    Wrote on July 22, 2012 @ 7:25 pm

    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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    Clarity, unlike you’ve ever seen!, November 8, 2011
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    Vanessa “musicaleyes9” (Brooklyn, NY USA) –
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    This review is from: Psychoanalytic Diagnosis, Second Edition: Understanding Personality Structure in the Clinical Process (Hardcover)

    I am a candidate at a psychoanalytic institute and this was one of our first textbooks. I’ve been told that we return to it over and over in various classes and I can easily see why.

    McWilliams discusses the various personality structures in an incredibly lucid, concise ways. She talks about:
    – How to recognize features of each character (depressive, paranoid, narcissistic, hysterical, etc.)
    – What this person’s *inner* experience is like and how it may have come to be that way
    – What the therapist’s experience is like with this patient (the countertransference)
    – What kind of transference this person is likely to experience with the therapist
    – What the treatment implications are — how to approach each case (in general terms)
    – How to distinguish each character style from various others that it’s often confused with

    Everything is written in an easily readable, almost conversational style. It’s rare to say this about a technical textbook, but I found it hard to put it down!! McWilliams shares not only objective material (and cites research and other works) but also her own experience and some highly relevant case vignettes.

    I am about to reread the book for the second time, and I am very, very thankful that such a clear book exists.

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  3. alltattedup said,

    Wrote on July 22, 2012 @ 8:21 pm

    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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    Brilliant & Humane, January 23, 2012
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    This review is from: Psychoanalytic Diagnosis, Second Edition: Understanding Personality Structure in the Clinical Process (Hardcover)

    This is an excellent resource because Dr. McWilliams knows how to place diagnostics within a socio-cultural framework and can therefore provide a more thorough and insightful analysis of personality disorders, those who diagnose them and those who suffer from them. Highly recommended: one of the most accessible books on a difficult subject I have read.

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