Archives for October, 2012

General

Depersonalization Disorder: A Hypothesis

In one of our first sessions, Carl told me that his feelings of depersonalization began several years ago when he was reading a self-help or psychology book (he can no longer remember the name of it) and one of the author's ideas gave him a sudden unpleasant insight into himself. He can't recall exactly what he realized; but at that moment, he felt himself lift out of his body, into his head...
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Psychotherapy

From Shame to Self-Esteem

Melissa continues to struggle with the challenges of her new job, vacillating between fear that she won't be able to master the new skills and contempt for how "stupid and trivial" it all seems to her. We talked about her scorn as a defense: when she can't bear the fear of failure, when it all seems so overwhelming to her, she take flight into contempt. ...
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General

Mother-Baby Music

I've always had a problem with the term attachment to describe what happens between mother and baby. Today, in session with Janice, I remembered the word attunement and felt it was a much better, more accurate descriptor.

Janice began the session by talking about her husband's almost complete inability to read her body sexually and to identify what gives her pleasure. The way he had been touching her the night before...
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