Academic journal article The Israel Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences

Polarities of Experience

Academic journal article The Israel Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences

Polarities of Experience

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Polarities of Experience Sidney J. Blatt American Psychological Association, 2008 404 pages ISBN: 978-1-4338-0314-7

Sidney J. Blatt proposes that psychological development is a lifelong personal negotiation between two fundamental dimensions in human affairs: relatedness and self-definition. Thus states the book cover of this in depth work focusing on the necessary tension between the pole of the mature sense of self necessary to becoming an adult and, just as necessary for adulthood, the pole of satisfying interpersonal relationships. The book is divided into four parts as follows: Part I: relatedness and selfdefinition: a fundamental polarity of experience; Part II: personality development; Part III: personality organization and psychopathology, and Part IV: the therapeutic process.

The book is written in a style that reminded me of reading the "classic" texts by Fromm or even by Freud himself. It is didactic, academic and some of the sentences contain well above 20 words. In a sense the reading of many of the chapters is challenging for the clinical psychiatrist. One needs to take each chapter as a separate intellectual task that takes effort and perseverance to complete. …

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