Adolescent Breakdown and Beyond by Moses Laufer

By Moses Laufer

This is often the second one monograph released through Karnac Books on behalf of the Brent Adolescent Centre/Centre for study into Adolescent Breakdown. Drawing at the Centre's exact pool of craftsmanship within the box, it includes papers giving up to date psychodynamic views on adolescent breakdown by means of prime scientific specialists. those hide quite a number themes, similar to the differing advancements in female and male young people, and the actual difficulties of psychotherapeutic intervention with them. it is usually the court cases of a convention at the topic held in October 1995. the following the problems of adolescent breakdown are mentioned within the wider context which employees within the worrying professions needs to reflect on. total, the publication offers a concise, modern review of a subject matter whose significance is more and more being famous either inside and out the psychotherapeutic community.

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Anthony Bateman, Debbie Bandler Bellman, Gabrielle Crockatt, Maxim de Sauma, Domenico di Ceglie, Sara Flanders, Maurice H. Friedman, Christopher Gibson, Kevin Healy, M. Egle Laufer, Kamil Mehra, Joan Schachter, Nicholas Temple, Peter Wilson

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It is normal for the young ado­ lescent girl to think of the actual act of intercourse with some fear and anxiety. She sees the physical act of penetration by the male as an attack on her and fears that, in order to have a close relation­ ship to a man, she must accept such an attack passively. However, for some girls, their fear, instead of making them avoid sexual relationships until they have dealt with them realistically, can also compel them to plunge into sexual activity actively at a time when they are not yet able to master their fears.

The step-mother was a kind, loving person, and she looked after him well, but he could remember that even as a small child he had been jealous of her relationship with the father. When he reached the age of 12 or 13, he became ob­ sessed with thoughts of the parents' sexual activities, and he masturbated compulsively. He felt intensely guilty about mas­ turbation and had suicidal and murderous wishes. The inten­ sity of his sexual activities decreased after some time, but they left a permanent imprint on his character: he started to become suspicious of people, he often quarrelled at home and at school, and he started to do badly in his studies.

Instead of being proud of their bodies and minds, they perceive them as dirty and damaged, and they experience sexual impulses as damaging and destructive. With so little love or care for them­ selves, it is too much to expect them to be loving and caring towards others. And, instead of sharing the pleasures of emotional exchange with other people, they are locked in their private THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE MALE 25 worlds, desperately but ineffectively trying to cope with their mad thoughts. Although in the case studies above I have placed special impor­ tance on events in adolescence, I do not mean to imply that those in childhood were not significant.

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