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The wisdom of the ego, George E. Vaillant

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The wisdom of the ego
Title
The wisdom of the ego
Statement of responsibility
George E. Vaillant
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Something horrible happens, and our minds play tricks on us, tell us that it never happened, occurred differently than it did, isn't quite what it seems. Such trickery, George Vaillant tells us, is actually healthy. What's more, it can reveal the mind at its most creative and mature, soothing and protecting us in the face of unbearable reality, managing the unmanageable, ordering disorder. In The Wisdom of the Ego, Vaillant, one of America's preeminent psychiatrists, gives us an exhilarating look at how the mind's defenses work, and at how they evolve and change, and so, change us. Freud tells us that the first five years of life constitute destiny. If this were so, Vaillant asks, then how could so many deeply troubled youths become well-adjusted, productive adults? Drawing on the Study of Adult Development, based at Harvard University, this book takes us into the lives of such individuals - thriving men and women who suffered grievous disadvantages and abuses during childhood - to show us that the mind's remarkable defenses develop well into adulthood, that the maladjustments of adolescence can evolve into the virtues of maturity. In one fascinating case after another, he introduces us to middle-aged men and women learning how to love, to make meaning, to reorder chaos. Because creativity is so intrinsic to this alchemy of the ego, Vaillant mingles these life studies with psychobiographies of famous artists and others. We meet Florence Nightingale, the intractable hypochondriac and hopeless dreamer who, at the age of thirty-one, wrote in her diary, "I see nothing desirable but death," and we watch as she transforms her anguish into altruism, her hapless fantasies into fantastic success. In the tormented life of Sylvia Plath, we see psychosis as not only a defect but also an effort at repair, her poetry as an extraordinary illustration of the adaptive process. We witness the mature working of the mind's defenses in the career of Anna Freud, their greatest elucidator. And we see the wisdom of the ego at work as Eugene O'Neill evolves from self-destructive youth to creator of great art. In these compelling portraits of obscure and famous lives, Vaillant charts the evolution of the ego's defenses, from the psychopathic to the sublime, and from the mundane to the most ingenious. An account of the boundless psychological resilience of adult development, The Wisdom of the Ego is a brilliant summation of the mind's amazing power to fashion creative victories out of life's would-be defeats
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DLC
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1934-
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Vaillant, George E.
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Defense mechanisms (Psychology)
  • Resilience (Personality trait)
  • Adjustment (Psychology)
  • Maturation (Psychology)
  • Creative ability
  • Self-deception
  • Creativity
  • Defense Mechanisms
  • Ego
  • Human Development
  • Social Adjustment
Label
The wisdom of the ego, George E. Vaillant
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [365]-382) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5.
  • How Can We Prove That Defenses Exist?
  • 6.
  • The Ego and Adult Development
  • 7.
  • Life Histories
  • 8.
  • The Ego and Creativity
  • 9.
  • Sylvia Plath: Creativity and Psychotic Defenses
  • 1.
  • 10.
  • Anna Freud: Mature Defenses
  • 11.
  • Eugene O'Neill: The Maturation of Defenses
  • 12.
  • Disadvantage, Resilience, and Mature Defenses
  • 13.
  • How Does the Ego Mature?
  • Why Praise the Human Ego?
  • 2.
  • A Matter of Definition
  • 3.
  • Self-Deceptions of Everyday Life
  • 4.
  • Necessary Questions
Control code
26856357
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
394 pages
Isbn
9780674953727
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1515806
Label
The wisdom of the ego, George E. Vaillant
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [365]-382) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5.
  • How Can We Prove That Defenses Exist?
  • 6.
  • The Ego and Adult Development
  • 7.
  • Life Histories
  • 8.
  • The Ego and Creativity
  • 9.
  • Sylvia Plath: Creativity and Psychotic Defenses
  • 1.
  • 10.
  • Anna Freud: Mature Defenses
  • 11.
  • Eugene O'Neill: The Maturation of Defenses
  • 12.
  • Disadvantage, Resilience, and Mature Defenses
  • 13.
  • How Does the Ego Mature?
  • Why Praise the Human Ego?
  • 2.
  • A Matter of Definition
  • 3.
  • Self-Deceptions of Everyday Life
  • 4.
  • Necessary Questions
Control code
26856357
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
394 pages
Isbn
9780674953727
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1515806

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