About this book
This timely update of the bedrock text reflects what we now know—and are still finding out—about the benefits of psychodynamic psychotherapy for older adults facing chronic conditions. Expanding on the original, the author balances the physical and experiential factors affecting patients’ physical illnesses and related emotional distress while situating core psychodynamic constructs in the context of illness and aging. Special attention is paid to technique, giving therapists practical guidance on dealing with transference and countertransference issues, working with patients in cognitive decline, and navigating complexities of age, class, and culture. The book also reviews the current evidence on how and why psychodynamic therapy helps medical patients with coping, adapting, and healing.
Included in the coverage:
- Technology, idealization, and unconscious dynamics in the culture of medicine.
- Narcissistic aspects of aging and illness.
- Grey areas: when illness may be particularly impacted by psychological variables.
- Cognitive changes and implications for the therapeutic encounter.
The Second Edition of Psychodynamic Perspectives on Aging and Illness skillfully follows its predecessor as a powerful, plain-spoken mentor to therapists working in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and outpatient practice.
- Book Title Psychodynamic Perspectives on Aging and Illness
- DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-24289-7
- Copyright Information Springer 2016
- Publisher Name Springer, Cham
- eBook Packages Behavioral Science and Psychology Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)
- Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-24287-3
- Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-48849-3
- eBook ISBN 978-3-319-24289-7
- Edition Number 2
- Number of Pages XV, 209
- Number of Illustrations 57 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
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- Industry Sectors
- Health & Hospitals
“This book explains how psychodynamic theory can help with an understanding of older adults with chronic illnesses and teaches therapeutic techniques to help them work through challenges and provide hope and healing. … graduate students in psychology and social work would get great benefit as well. … The book ends with a discussion about the importance of providing hope in the midst of grief. This readable book contains helpful case vignettes.” (Gary B. Kaniuk, Doody's Book Reviews, May, 2016)