Wisdom of the Ego

ISBN-10: 0674953738

ISBN-13: 9780674953734

Edition: 1993

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One of America's preeminent psychiatrists draws on his famous Study of Adult Development to give us an exhilarating look at how the mind's defenses work. What we see as the mind's trickery, George Vaillant tells us, is actually healthy. What's more, it can reveal the mind at its most creative and mature, soothing and protecting us in the face of unbearable reality, managing the unmanageable, ordering disorder. And because creativity is so intrinsic to this alchemy of the ego, Vaillant mingles his studies of obscure lives with psychobiographies of famous artists and others--including Florence Nightingale, Sylvia Plath, Anna Freud, and Eugene O'Neill.
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Book details

List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 7/21/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 406
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

He is a widely respected researcher, psychiatrist & professor at the Harvard Medical School. He is also the author of several books, including The Wisdom of the Ego, The Natural History of Alcoholism & Adaption to Life. He is considered one of the world's foremost authorities on aging.

Introduction
Why Praise the Human Ego?
A Matter of Definition
Self-Deceptions of Everyday Life
Necessary Questions
How Can We Prove That Defenses Exist?
The Ego and Adult Development
Life Histories
The Ego and Creativity
Sylvia Plath: Creativity and Psychotic Defenses
Anna Freud: Mature Defenses
Eugene O'Neill: The Maturation of Defenses
Disadvantage, Resilience, and Mature Defenses
How Does the Ego Mature?
Notes
Acknowledgments
Credits
Index
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