The Mind Object: Precocity and Pathology of Self-Sufficiency

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An anthology of eleven papers bringing together a distuinguished international group of clinicians who have thought deeply and brilliantly about the challenges of treating the devastating consequences of premature and accelerated mental functioning.

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Winnicott was the first to describe how very early in life an individual can, in response to environmental failure, turn away from the body and its needs and establish "mental functioning as a thing in itself". Winnicott's elusive term, the mind-psyche, describes a subtle, yet fundamentally violent, split in which the mind negates the role of the body, its feelings and functions, as the source of creative living. This book extends Winnicott's ideas to introduce the concept of the mind object, a term that signifies the central dissociation of the mind from the body. When the mind takes on a life of its own, it becomes an object - separate, as it were, from the self. And because it is an object that originates as a substitute for maternal care, it becomes an object of intense attachment, turned to for security, solace, and gratification. Having achieved the status of an independent object, the mind also can turn on the self, attacking, demeaning, and persecuting the individual. Once this object relationship is established, it organizes the self, providing an aura of omnipotence. However, this precocious, schizoid solution is an illusion, vulnerable to breakdown and its associated anxieties. The Mind Object explores the dangers of knowing too muchthe lure of the intellect - for the patient as well as for the therapist. The authors illuminate the complex pathological consequences that result from precocious solutions.

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Edward G. Corrigan, Ph.D., earned his doctorate. in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts. He is a member of the faculty and a supervisor at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy in New York City. He maintains a private practice in Manhattan.

Pearl-Ellen Gordon, Ph.D., earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from New York University. She is the director of the Child and Adolescent Treatment Services at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy in New York City, where she is a faculty member, supervisor, and a member of the Board of Directors. She maintains a private practice in Manhattan.

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