Love Relations: Normality and Pathology

Paperback | March 30, 1998

byOtto Kernberg

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Dr. Otto Kernberg, the internationally renowned psychoanalytic theorist and clinician, here examines the success and failure of sexual love in couples, from adolescence to old age.

Dr. Kernberg considers the two partners' conscious and unconscious emotional interactions and their unconsciously activated superego interactions. He also suggests that they establish a joint ego ideal as a couple, which plays an important role in the success of the relationship. And because the couple experiences love and sex in the context of the social environment, he studies the nature of relations between the couple and the group.

After describing the biological and psychological determinants and elements of the sexual experience, Dr. Kernberg traces the nature of that experience over time in the light of object relations theory. He shows how the activation of unconscious, internalized object relations from the past triggers the most troubling conflicts and is also responsible for the most exciting aspects of a couple's love life. Throughout, Dr. Kernberg considers both so-called normal and pathological relationships, including the role of narcissism, masochism, and aggression in each. The result is a book that expands the boundaries of our current understanding of love relations.

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Dr. Otto Kernberg, the internationally renowned psychoanalytic theorist and clinician, here examines the success and failure of sexual love in couples, from adolescence to old age. Dr. Kernberg considers both so-called normal and pathological relationships, including the role of narcissism, masochism, and aggression in each. The result...

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Dr. Otto Kernberg, the internationally renowned psychoanalytic theorist and clinician, here examines the success and failure of sexual love in couples, from adolescence to old age.Dr. Kernberg considers the two partners' conscious and unconscious emotional interactions and their unconsciously activated superego interactions. He also su...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:220 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:March 30, 1998Publisher:Yale University Press

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ISBN - 10:0300074352

ISBN - 13:9780300074352

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Dr. Otto Kernberg, the internationally renowned psychoanalytic theorist and clinician, here examines the success and failure of sexual love in couples, from adolescence to old age. Dr. Kernberg considers both so-called normal and pathological relationships, including the role of narcissism, masochism, and aggression in each. The result is a book that expands the boundaries of our current understanding of love relations."Kernberg's is arguably the richest psychoanalytic text on 'love' (in whatever way we may choose to define this most abused of words) since Freud's Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality". -- Andrea Sabbadini, British Journal on Psychotherapy"An extremely wide-ranging book, spanning from a biological perspective to the socio-cultural.... It is interesting to read both personally and professionally". -- Ricky Emanuel, British Journal of Psychiatry"A creative, stimulating, readable contribution, suitable for practicing psychotherapists". -- D. Sydiaha, University of Saskatchewan