Based on a series of clinical studies of schizoid problems, this book is a sequel to Harry Guntrip’s theoretical study of the emergence of the schizoid problem. Schizoid Phenomena, Object Relations and the Self has 68 ratings and 4 reviews . Riley said: While reading this I thought Harry Guntrip (coolest name ever. Harry Guntrip, a pioneer psychoanalyst of the schizoid condition, poignantly argued throughout his work .. Schizoid Phenomena, Object Relations and the Self.

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The pure schizoid cluster, consisting of withdrawal, introversion, and lack of schuzoid. Also by Harry Guntrip. He delineated the following nine characteristics of the schizoid personality: Overt withdrawnness matches the usual description of the schizoid personality, but withdrawnness is just as often a covert, hidden, internal state of the patient.

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Although he accepted many of Freud’s theories, he also advanced his own ideas and criticized Freud as being too based on biology in general, and instincts in particular, and therefore being, in Guntrip’s belief, dehumanizing.

In consequence this book, like its predecessor Personality Structure and Human Interaction Hogarth,is packed with argument and clinical material supporting it. His love objects are all inside him and moreover he is greatly identified with them so that his libidinal attachments appear to be in himself. Published December 31st by Routledge first published January 1st It seems to me that being too close or too far from me may pose a dilemma for you.

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Schizoid Phenomena, Object Relations and the Self

Max rated it did not like it Sep 03, Mircea Gusa rated it it was amazing Sep 09, William Rainger rated it really liked it Jul 10, Regression backwards to the safety of the womb is a unique schizoid phenomenon and represents the most intense form of schizoid defensive withdrawal in an effort to find safety and to avoid destruction by external reality, which has been conflated with the challenging parental models faced by the subject following exit from the womb upon physical birth.


A clinical example from the Mastersonian Jerry Katz illustrates the use of transitional language, the Goldilocks principle and the schizoid dilemma: The split internal world of the Schizoid client Based on the work of Fairbairn and Guntrip, Ralph Klein, relying on a developmental, self and object relations approach, conceptualized a split intra-psychic paradigm as characteristic of the schizoid conflict.

This loss of affect is more frequently manifest within the patient as genuine confusion, a sense of something missing in his or her emotional life. Henry James Samuel Guntrip 29 May — was a British psychologist known for his major contributions to object relations theory or school of Freudian thought.

For Guntrip, the term psycho- analysis misses ‘the primary fact about human beings, namely their experience of themselves as that significant and meaningful “whole” which we call a “person”‘ p.

Withdrawnness means detachment from the outer world, the other side of introversion. The central affect linking the part representations is one of being jailed but connected, and the relief of not being totally alienated. Paperbackpages. Selected Fiction, Biography and Memoir.

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He also drew heavily on the object relational approach of Fairbairn and Schzioid. Some patients experience loss of affect to such a degree that the insensitivity becomes manifest in the extreme as cynicismcallousness, or even cruelty.

Many fundamentally schizoid people present with an engaging, interactive personality style. The central affect is the abandonment depression that is characterized by despair, rage, loneliness, and fear of cosmic aloneness void:.

In Part 1, a description of the schizoid position is given, in terms of relation to the external world, internal states of ego disintegration and, the core of the problem, the dissociated and lost emotional heart of the total self.

This text is printed for personal use. The Life and Work of Joan Riviere: It was a revelation to me. Depersonalization is a dissociative defense, often described by the schizoid patient as “tuning out”, “turning off”, or as the experience of a separation between the observing and the participating ego.


When a schizoid state supervenes, the conscious ego appears to be in a state of suspended animation in between two worlds, internal and external, and having no real relationships with either of them.

Our customers have not yet reviewed this title. Pearson summarizes these in terms of clusters and as follows: Part 2 reviews the theoretical development which makes it necessary to see manic-depressive problems in the light of the deeper and more subtle schizoid condition. Disorders of the self. Harry Guntrip is a fluent and copious writer, enthusiastic about the ‘psychodynamic science’ he promotes and most genuinely committed to the welfare of his patients.

Harry Guntrip — was a psychologist known for his major contributions to object relations theory. Alper Bilican rated it it was amazing Jun 26, Guntrip observed that the preceding characteristics result in loneliness: Treatment of the Borderline Adolescent. By interpreting the various schjzoid the client may come to see how they actively, although certainly at times unconsciously, create distance and to see also that interpersonal negotiation and closeness may be an option without its various projected fears.

This page was last edited on 18 Augustat Jock Sutherland as “one of the psychoanalytic immortals”. There often goes with it a feeling of being different from other people. The Law of the Mother: It can be said that the compromise may be a behavior, thought pattern, or relational approach Katz, You may also like. Sep 09, Warren Cartwright rated it it was amazing.