A Conversation with Erving Polster and Lynne Jacobs. In this wide-ranging conversation about their lives and their gestalt therapy passions, they also discuss a video session together. The conversations include a look at points of disagreement as well as points of agreement between them. The entire conversation consists of 8 chapters, so that viewers can easily skip through the video to the segments that interest them the most.
In this paper, Dr. Masterson gives an understanding of the intrapsychic structure of Narcissistic Personality Disorder and how it finds clinical expression through the disorders of the self triad. Clinical cases are presented to illustrate how the therapeutic intervention of mirroring interpretation of narcissistic vulnerability helps the patient to convert transference acting-out to therapeutic alliance and transference, thereby creating the condition for psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
This address is a review of the significant theoretical and practical changes in the practice of psychoanalytically-oriented psychotherapy in the experience of the author's personal practice over the past 62 years.
The therapeutic alliance is described along with transference and transference acting-out. The therapeutic task is defined - i.e., to help the patient convert transference acting-out to therapeutic alliance and transference through appropriate interventions. The psychotherapy of each of the disorders (Borderline, Narcissistic and Schizoid) is described in terms of indications, therapeutic technique and goals. Clinical examples will be given. Two videotapes of psychotherapy will be presented- one with a Borderline patient and the other with a Narcissistic disorder. Countertransference problems are described.
A conversation hour with Dr. Otto Kernberg, centered on reflections about therapists “therapeutic ambitions”.
Discuss how to avoid patient induced limitations on over-restriction of therapists’ aims as well as overly ambitious goals.
How do we assess what are realistic expectations?
And what are the patient’s realistic contributions to this assessment?
This presentation will propose a diagnostic assessment of the couple, specifying their conflicts at the level of their sexual life, their integration of expectations regarding daily living together, and potential discrepancies regarding their value systems, including their overall social integration. On this basis, a diagnostic assessment of unconscious reactivation in both partners of unresolved conflicts in their relation with their parental couples may determine the strategy of therapeutic interventions.
This presentation will differentiate the clinical characteristics and therapeutic management of several types of severely regressive transferences: typical split transferences of borderline patients, the fragmentation of affective experiences of schizoid personalities the intolerance of triangulation, and the narcissistic transferences. Clinical illustration will exemplify these differential transferences and their clinical management.
This workshop will describe the various clinical syndromes reflecting narcissistic personality disorders, and the corresponding prognostic indicators for psychodynamic psychotherapy. The typical transference developments of these patients will be outlined, and corresponding technical interventions described. The relevance for the love life of these patients will be explored and treatment implications described.
This workshop will present an overview of the theory of TFP, its relation to the structure of severe personality disorders, and its technique. the technique of TFP will be outlined as general strategy, particular technical instruments, and tactical approaches to complications and particular situations. Major consideration include transference, countertransference, technical neutrality and interpretation.
The major emphasis in contemporary psychoanalytic psychotherapy is on the early and consistent interpretation of the transference. A growing attention to countertransference analysis, to the risk of "indoctrinating" patients, to character analysis, to the analysis of unconscious meanings in the "here and now" also are dominant trends. Significant controversies continue regarding the importance of the "real" relationship, the therapeutic versus the resistant aspects of regression, the role of empathy, and the relation of historical to narrative truth.