In Treatment of the Masochistic Personality: An Interactional-Object Relations Approach, Cheryl Glickauf-Hughes and Marolyn Wells use contemporary psychoanalytic thinking to probe the functions of masochism underlying human interaction particularly love relations.
Cheryl Glickauf-Hughes, Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Associate Director of Clinical Training, Department of Psychology, Georgia State University in Atlanta, and Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Glickauf-Hughes maintains a private practice in Decatur. Marolyn Wells, Ph.D., is Associate Professor, Director of Practicum and Postdoctoral Programs, and a staff psychologist at the Counseling Center, Georgia State University, Atlanta.
Glickauf-Hughes and Wells place the concept of masochism squarely in an interpersonal, relational context. Brining together developmental, characterological, and clinical issues, the authors present a scholarly review of the concept of masochism, leading to a clinically valuable appreciation and elucidation of the complexities of the phenomenon. This comprehensive undertaking is written in easy-to-understand, jargon-free language and offers many clarifying clinical examples. Their attention to issues of the character structure within which masochism may be embedded and the relevance of these distinctions for treatment make this work especially useful for the clinician. -- Althea J. Horner, Ph.D. In this landmark book, the authors rescue masochism from its pejorative roots and gender-based stereotypes and place it squarely within an object relations framework. The authors not only examine the full spectrum of masochism, but with exquisite skill compare and contrast it with other shame-based personality disorders. Of special interest to clinicians is the elaboration of an interactional object relations approach, which goes far beyond the treatment of the masochistic personality. One of the most informative and thorough books on masochism to date, this book will be invaluable to all practitioners of psychotherapy. -- Sheila Cummings, Ph.D., University of Rochester School of Medicine This book is a tour de force on the masochistic personality-illuminating, lucidly written, hard hitting, theoretically sound, and clinically relevant. Glickauf-Hughes and Wells clarify the etiology, dynamics, and treatment of those with self-defeating personalities and make a strong case for including this diagnosis in our classification systems. Essential reading for everyone treating those who evidence masochistic interactive patterns-a thoroughly contemporary discussion of this troublesome syndrome. -- Florence Kaslow, Ph.D.
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