Ego Psychology and Communication: Theory for the Interview

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-09-15
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Writing in a lively straightforward tone and offeringnumerous examples, Polansky demonstrates that verbalcommunication plays a major role in mental health and isessential to preventing and curing emotional disorders. Heshows why the inability to achieve effective speech reflectsneurosis, interferes with self-healing potentials in the personality,and hampers patients in their efforts to make useof any of the talking therapies. He also makes clear howverbal expression leads to the growth of intimacy betweenpeople on a mature organized level and guards the individualagainst the existential anxiety of being completelyalone in a potentially meaningless universe.Synthesizing basic theory that underlies skilled interviewing,the book serves as an introduction to egopsychology. It offers an appraisal of the role of verbal communication,especially in casework, individual therapy,and counseling, as well as in most group treatments situations.The author covers such topics as the resiliency ofthe ego, the logic of defenses, coping mechanisms, andthe theory of object relations. He provides numerousillustrations of specific security and distance maneuversfound in everyday practice. He also describes techniquesfor dealing with these maneuvers by patients in face-to-facesituations.This book is as vital to the field as when it first appearedin 1971. Polansky summarizes major concepts of modernego psychology and relates them to what is known todayabout the process of verbal communication. It will beespecially useful for those who seek to understand andtreat the human personality through speech. Ego Psychologyand Communication is designed for courses in socialwork, clinical psychology, educational counseling, guidance,and psychiatric nursing. Practitioners in social work,psychology, and psychiatry will find it to be a valuableaddition to their personal reference libraries.

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