Guilt and Depression

Guilt and Depression

Guilt and Depression

Guilt and Depression

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I feel very pleased that this book can now be accessible to English-speaking readers for the first time. I wrote it years ago, but I think that its central ideas are still fully applicable. The book has come out in many editions and translations into other languages and has been adopted as a textbook in various universities.

Now that I look at it from a more up-to-date point of view, with more theoretical and clinical experience, I wonder how it would have been possible to amplify or modify a work that has its own identity and is the fruit of a specific context in space and time. Without a doubt, the bond that unites me to this book as it is, and the favourable opinions of colleagues and friends, have influenced me into deciding that its contents should see the light -- once more -- in its original version, as it was written in its own time without introducing sizeable modifications, although I may have changed my criterion with regard to some of the ideas expressed in it.

I still maintain that depression must be understood as compounded of painful feelings and accompanying ideas with which the individual responds to experiences of loss and . . .

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