Soul Murder Revisited; Thoughts about Therapy, Hate, Love, and Memory

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2000-09-10
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
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A decade after the publication of his highly acclaimed book Soul Murder, Dr. Leonard Shengold reflects anew on the circumstances and the consequences of willful abuse and neglect of children. With compelling examples from literature and from clinical cases, Dr. Shengold describes techniques of adaptation and denial by victims, the psychopathology of soul murder, and therapy techniques for restoring the capacity to love.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Perspectives on Soul Murder
Fatal Giftsp. 19
The Smell of Semenp. 47
Once Is Never (Or Once Doesn't Count)p. 65
The Ring of the Narcissistp. 77
Child Abuse and the Concentration Campp. 97
The Background of Soul Murder
"That Fixed Obsession Which Is a State of Love": Where Proust and Freud Can Be Both Wise and Wrongp. 113
Comments on Freud's "A Child Is Being Beaten"p. 137
Literary Examples
Algernon Swinburne: A Child Who Wanted to Be Beatenp. 167
The Moth and the Mother: Elizabeth Bishopp. 207
"Did it Really Happen?"
Narcissistic Pathology Stemming from Parental Weaknessp. 245
Murder, Violence, and Soul Murder: "Did It Really Happen?" and a Note on Therapyp. 257
A Discussion of "Dissociative Processes and Transference/Countertransference Paradigms in the Psychoanalytically Oriented Treatment of Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse,"p. 287
Referencesp. 303
Acknowledgmentsp. 313
Permissionsp. 314
Indexp. 315
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