Three Faces Of Mourning: Melancholia, Manic Defense, And Moving On (Margaret S. Mahler)
Three Faces of Mourning: Melancholia, Manic Defense, and Moving On (Margaret S. Mahler)
Mourning and the importance of the capacity to bear some helplessness, while still finding pleasure in life, are central to this tightly organized volume. The multi-faceted processes involved in mourning and adaptation are addressed.
No subject is more universal to life and the human condition than object loss and mourning. It cuts across theoretical boundaries and is addressed by virtually all psychologies, religions, and culture. In this timely and superbly edited volume, the authors weave a sophisticated Mahlerian understanding into their rich clinical material. Incorporating this unique developmental perspective throughout the life cycle of both men and women, from early childhood into mature adulthood, it advances our understanding of the mourning process. This book is a necessary contribution to the literature and will greatly enhance the clinician's ability to handle any patient who suffers from loss. (Ira Brenner, MD, Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia)
This valuable book accomplishes two important aims. The first and most obvious is an exploration of the process of mourning, here underlined as based on the vicissitudes of the separation-individuation phase, and an essential aspect of every subsequent maturational...