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The student resources previously accessed via GarlandScience. Resources to the following titles can be found at www. What are VitalSource eBooks? For Instructors Request Inspection Copy. Just as psychoanalytic interest in masochism dates from the earliest days of psychoanalysis, the various approaches to its understanding have reflected the developmental vicissitudes of psychoanalytic theory as it moved from its early focus on instinct to considerations of psychic structure and oedipall dynamics, object relations, separation-individuation, self-organization, and self-esteem regulation, and as it progressed into more systematic investigation of child development.

Masochism: Current Psychoanalytic Perspectives offers an updated review of perspectives on masochism influence by current developments in psychoanalytic research and theory.

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The newer emphasis on and investigations of early preoedipal events have, as Cooper stresses in this volume, provided a significant scientific and clinical yield. The application of these newer perspectives to the issue of masochism holds considerable promise. Robert A. Glick, M.

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Stay on CRCPress. Home Masochism: Current Psychoanalytic Perspectives. Preview this Book. Glick, Donald I. In its most extreme form, depression is a condition so exquisitely painful that suicide may too easily be seen as a tempting way to escape the torment. Modern psychiatry emphasizes the use of psychotropic medications like Prozac, Lexapro and Zoloft in the treatment of depression, and these agents have undeniable efficacy in reducing the intensity of depressive symptoms.

Given the effectiveness of antidepressant medications, one may reasonably question the value and necessity of psychoanalytic approaches to the treatment of depression. Psychoanalytically informed psychotherapists may respond to such queries by pointing out that medications often fail to entirely resolve depressive symptomatology, and that not everyone can comfortably tolerate their side effects. Psychoanalysts will also emphasize their conviction that depression has at its core underlying psychological meaning, and that, even where medication has been effective, addressing the central psychological underpinnings of depression requires an analytic approach.

In our current culture of quick fixes and minute check-ups at the internist, it is a sad fact that depression often ends up being over medicated, while its inner meanings and psychological significance are left unaddressed. Psychodynamic psychotherapy is often necessary to provide for the delineation and understanding of the profound role psychic factors play in the causation of depression and to facilitate whatever psychological work and growth may be necessary to overcome these factors.

Masochism: Current Psychoanalytic Perspectives

Such therapy not only helps to resolve depressive episodes, but also helps patients live freer, more vibrant lives. Psychoanalysts have discovered that there are no simple formulas for understanding what a particular depressive episode may represent for any given person and consider each episode of depression to contain its own unique matrix of meanings. A few simplified summaries of some of these conceptualizations are offered here.

Clinicians continue to be struck by patients who respond to situations in which they have been harmed or mistreated not with the expected rage but, instead, with depression. It is as if these patients are incapable of allowing themselves to feel and to outwardly direct their anger and, instead, turn it upon themselves, leading to a self-deprecating depressed state.

We can understand this concept by recognizing that the adult requires many psychological tools for successful functioning in the world, some of which may fail to develop fully, typically due to environmental factors that have interfered with psycho- logical maturation. Deficits in many different aspects of psychological functioning have been linked to depression including the capacities for trust, separation, self-esteem, social related-ness, frustration tolerance and healthy entitlement.

Psychodynamic therapy helps patients with deficit-related depressions in two ways: by helping them to more thoroughly understand their areas of psychic underdevelopment and its origins and, more importantly, by providing a safe and meaningful relational experience within which psychic growth that had previously been thwarted can resume.

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One psychoanalytic model that considers the importance of deficits is self-psychology, a branch of psychoanalysis first developed by Heinz Kohut. Like any other part of the psyche, a healthy self may or may not develop.

Another related conceptualization of depression comes from the British theorists Fairbairn, Guntrip and Winnicott. These patients, who often appear perfectly happy and successful to the outside world, may secretly feel that they merely go through the motions of life. They may seek to avoid interpersonal interactions or attempt to keep these engagements as superficial as possible. Consequently there is disruption in the development of the inner tools necessary for comfortable emotional connectedness in relationships.