Leonard Shengold Delusions of Everyday Life

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Delusions of Everyday Life

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We are all more primitive and irrational than we care to acknowledge, says Dr. Leonard Shengold in this profound and eloquent book. We all suffer to some degree from delusions―vestiges of infantile mental functioning that continue into adult life and that at times of crisis manifest themselves in narcissistic thoughts of omnipotence, immortality, or perfection. Dr. Shengold argues that we can never eliminate these delusions of everyday life, but we can lessen their effect if we acknowledge, or "own", them. He asserts that insight into what we are and what has happened to us is a prerequisite for caring about others and for accepting the transient conditions of life―both necessary to attain happiness.

Dr. Shengold discusses delusions we all experience as well as delusions associated with paranoia, perversions, being in love, and identification with delusional parents. He illustrates his ideas by referring to the lives and works of such literary figures as Shakespeare, Swift, Tolstoy, Pascal, Rilke, Randall Jarrell, Dickens, Hardy, and, especially, Samuel Butler. Dr. Shengold also brings in relevant clinical material because, as he points out, delusions of everyday life are at the heart of misunderstanding and conflict in life and of resistance to change in psychological treatment. These delusions must be attenuated if therapy is to be successful.

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An analyst at the Psychoanalytic Institute at New York University, Shengold here explores a paradox in psychoanalysis: a patient both desiring and resisting change. He traces this paradox to the "delusions" that normal people maintain in their daily lives. These delusions or quasi-delusions, which derive from the early narcissistic period of human development, are not conscious and represent a desire to retain the intense, infantile, need-gratifying and protective relationship one has with a parent. In treatment, these delusions give rise to transference and resistance. Shengold discusses what he calls "everyday, non-psychotic delusions" and the analyst's role in helping the patient to recognize his or her delusions and to "own" them in order to change and achieve a meaningful adult existence. Unfortunately, except for passages from literature and some interesting case histories, Shengold's thesis is obscured by his opaque writing. For larger academic collections.?Bonnie Hoffman, Stony Brook, N.Y.
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