Jason Aronson, Inc.
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978-0-7657-0729-1 • Hardback • December 2009 • $136.00 • (£105.00)
978-0-7657-0730-7 • Paperback • November 2011 • $59.00 • (£45.00)
978-0-7657-0731-4 • eBook • December 2009 • $53.00 • (£41.00)
Dr. Joseph Fernando teaches clinical and theoretical classes in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society and the Toronto Institute of Psychoanalysis, where he is also a training and supervising analyst. He has had a full-time practice in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy for over 20 years.
Part I. Basic Forms of Defence
Chapter 1. Basic Concepts
Chapter 2. Repression
Chapter 3. Denial
Chapter 4. Externalizing and Internalizing Defences
Chapter 5. Trauma
Part II. Specific Clinical Problems
Chapter 6. Narcissism
Chapter 7. Masochism
Chapter 8. Perversions
Part III. Theory
Chapter 9. A General Psychoanalytic Theory
Putting aside the theoretical fads that plague our field, Joseph Fernando returns to the nitty-gritty of the clinical process. Bringing a thorough study of psychoanalytic literature to bear upon the fundamental issues of therapeutic process and technique, Fernando evolves an integrated perspective on the ego's defensive activity and its resolution by the means of interpretation. His triad of attentional, counterforce, and zero process defenses helps us see in a fresh light what the patient says, what remains unspoken, how we respond to both of these, and why certain interventions unlock the doors of painful memories. Solidly grounded in theory and yet unabashedly helpful in fine-tuning technique, Fernando's book will go a long way in enhancing the skills of any psychotherapist!
— Salman Akhtar, MD, is professor of psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College and training and supervising analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
It has been a long time since the basic psychoanalytic theory of defense as Anna Freud articulated it in The Ego and the Mechanisms of Defense has received a thorough review by anyone other than Anna Freud herself. Joseph Fernando has now offered us not only a review but a reconsideration and an effort at re-envisioning, re-systematizing. Like all the important contributions to psychoanalytic theory, his book is both conservative and revolutionary—in his case, more the former than the latter—and on both frequencies, provocative.
— Elisabeth Young-Bruehl, Haverford College; author of Anna Freud: A Biography
Any experienced psychoanalytic clinician reading The Processes of Defense cannot but be impressed by the far-reaching nature of its contents. …[T]he integration of theoretical and clinical work is masterful, and the detailed examination of defensive processes goes well beyond what clinicians ordinarily address in their daily psychoanalytic sessions. …[T]his is a major contribution to the field of psychoanalysis, which I believe will have considerable impact on our thinking for years to come.
— Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis
• Winner, 2010 Gradiva' Award Winner, Theoretical Category