Intimate Violence: Attacks Upon Psychic Interiority by Joseph Scalia

Intimate Violence: Attacks Upon Psychic Interiority

byJoseph Scalia

Kobo ebook | March 6, 2002

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Traditional analyses of domestic battery often point to the batterer's need for power and control to explain patterns of violent behavior. Offering a nonjudgmental and compassionate view of the interior life of the batterer, Intimate Violence moves beyond this explanation and transforms our understanding of the psychic origins of abuse. The book is divided into three main sections. The first assesses psychoanalytic understanding of the inner mechanisms of the batterer's violent behavior toward close family members, pointing to disruptions in the abuser's "narcissistic equilibrium." The second section looks more broadly at the ideas of "batterer" and "victim," and the ways these categories—and the social stigma and support accorded respectively—may impede healing and resolution. The third section addresses various treatment methods that promise permanent changes in batterers' behavior.

Intimate Violence also deals frankly with the dynamics of the therapist/client relationship in battery cases, particularly transference and countertransference. How do therapists deal with feelings of revulsion for the batterer's behavior, or for the batterer him- or herself? How do they resist the very human urge within themselves to punish their clients? Scalia persuasively argues that these issues subtly undermine counseling, causing resistance to develop within both parties, and that a new approach to therapy is needed. His analysis suggests that "emotional communication" in the context of prolonged and deep psychoanalysis enables patient and practitioner alike to transcend cycles of recrimination and defensiveness.

Joseph Scalia is a psychotherapist who has written articles for The Journal of Interpersonal Violence and Modern Psychoanalyst.
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Title:Intimate Violence: Attacks Upon Psychic InteriorityFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 6, 2002Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231506295

ISBN - 13:9780231506298

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Understanding the Batterer
1. Affect Regulation and Narcissistic Equilibrium
2. The Experience of Self and Other
3. Identification with the Aggressor
Part 2: The Politics of the Batterer-Treatment Movement
4. Political Versus Clinical Determination of Abuse and Other Associations
5. Our Unwitting Persecution of the Batterer and Other Facile Conveniences
Part 3: Treatment
6. Countertransference
7. Transference
8. Joining Techniques
9. Working Through: A Synthesis

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In a scholarly and clinically astute work Joseph Scalia has integrated a wide range of clinical and developmental theories that demythologizes and humanizes a psychoanalytic pariah, the batterer. In a clearly written style Scalia provides firm and valuable guidelines for treatment laced with substantial clinical vignettes. Intimate Violence is essential reading for every clinician who works with batterers and their victims." This work is a watershed....a must, not only for all mental health workers but also for society at large.