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Boys Who Have Abused: Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with by John Woods

By John Woods

John Woods provides a theoretical method and sensible feedback for psychological healthiness practitioners operating therapeutically with adolescents who've abused. Drawing on his long-standing event, he has constructed an built-in concept that bridges the distance among present cognitive behavioural and psychoanalytic methods. He exhibits how this person remedy version might be utilized in a number contexts together with residential settings, staff and kinfolk paintings, in addition to in person work.

In-depth case stories during the booklet reveal how exploring the individual's complete life-course inside of a psychoanalytic framework allows connections to be drawn among attainable formative years abuse and next abusive behaviour. directions are awarded on operating with the issues of self-destructiveness, masochism and melancholy dealing with the younger abused/abuser and the effect of sexual abuse on sexuality, gender id and sexual orientation. this can be an instructive and thought-provoking textual content for all psychological future health practitioners and allied execs operating with youngsters who sexually offend.

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There may be no conscious memory, but the effects of the past are demonstrably retained and continue to be expressed in feelings, behaviours, and bodily states. Psychodynamic ideas about defence mechanisms now become more relevant because it is impossible to account for these clearly observable phenomena without concepts such as the unconscious, repression, or repetition compulsion. Therapists may be wrong-footed by the perpetrator’s use of his trauma, perhaps through (conscious) justification of his actions, or more unconsciously as a defence against awareness of anything that might be connected, including his own actions.

The father is represented as a corrupt superego impervious or hostile to anything that might spring from the child’s real emotional needs, substituting covert permission for continued exploitation and abuse. The internal mother is powerless to provide nurture or protection so that the young person is unable to conceive of care or concern being shown him. If such a gesture should be made by the environment, it is then intercepted by the internal father and cynically interpreted as another opportunity for advantage.

Change for the abused/abuser is a constant struggle to regain ‘ownership’ of actions, and of the body that is the agent of those actions. Lack of responsibility is enabled by a disconnection with the body, which leads to the adolescent danger of losing command of himself. In one aspect this is an evasion, but it is also expressing a psychological truth. Hence the mystification and feeling of injustice that often transpires when an adolescent is forced to accept the painful consequences of their acts.

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