Polarities of Experiences: Relatedness and Self-definition by Sidney J. Blatt PDF

By Sidney J. Blatt

ISBN-10: 1433803143

ISBN-13: 9781433803147

During this groundbreaking e-book, Sidney J. Blatt proposes that mental improvement is a lifelong own negotiation among the 2 primary dimensions of relatedness and self-definition. mental improvement, from adolescence to outdated age, is a synergistic balancing act among those polarities, with most people favoring to various levels both the anaclitic (relatedness) size or the introjective (self-definition) measurement. Exaggerated emphasis on one developmental line on the rate of the opposite, even though, may end up in numerous psychological problems. inside of this framework, psychological issues are noticeable now not as clusters of current or absent indicators, as within the present DSM diagnostic approach, yet particularly as compensatory exaggerations of the conventional polarities of relatedness and self-definition. the writer argues that this conceptualization of character improvement has transparent implications for remedy and describes fascinating learn indicating that anaclitic and introjective folks reply another way to psychotherapy. the writer applies this version in nice element to the method of healing switch, with outstanding implications for extra learn. scientific researchers, therapists, psychiatrists, and graduate scholars will locate this e-book a wealthy resource of new principles for examine and perform.

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Shame, humiliation, and ridicule; Boehm, 1996). As Cortina and Liotti (2007) noted, this social organization based on the internalization of social FUNDAMENTAL DIMENSIONS 33 norms and shared values and attitudes had adaptive significance (Sober & Wilson, 1998) and was facilitated further by the development of language (Stem, 2004; Tomasello, 1999, 2003). Ferdinand Tonnies (1887/1957), from a sociological perspective, distinguished between two primary social modalities—Gemeinscha/t (communal society) and Gesellschaft (associational society)—participating in the social universe and in kinship groups as well as in productivity in industry and commerce.

Alfred Adler (1951), for example, emphasized the difference between social interest and a preoccupation with self-perfection. Adler (1933/1964) viewed striving for superiority and perfection, through mastery of one's biological, physical, and social environments, as the most fundamental human drive. He further asserted that this drive, along with striving to establish some form of community, is "the ultimate fulfillment of evolution" (Adler, 1933/1964, pp. 34-35). The striving for superiority, self-expansion, growth, and competence was, for Adler, the expression of an inherent aggressive drive.

Individuals seek to resolve these contradictions by either moving toward, moving against, or moving away from interpersonal relationships. H. S. Sullivan (1953) thought that individuals could be best understood by considering their needs for both tenderness and power. John Bowlby (1969, 1973, 1988a, 1988b), from ethological and object relations perspectives, explored attachment and separation as the emotional substrates of personality development. Michael Balint (1959), from a psychoanalytic object relations perspective, discussed the centrality of these two fundamental tendencies—attachment and separation, and relatedness and self-definition—in his formulations of a striving toward clinging and connectedness (an ocnophilic tendency) and a striving toward free-moving activity and self-sufficiency (a philobatic tendency).

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