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Conceptualization and treatment of rage in self psychology.
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PMID:  10321744     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This article presents a self-psychological understanding and treatment of anger. Angry reactions are based on various types of injury to self-esteem, and on disappointments in those one holds in special esteem-such as early caretakers and later important others. When these injuries and disappointments are massive--traumatic--the ensuing angry reaction is especially intense and often destructive. Treatment addresses the patient's vulnerability, the soil on which all these forms of anger arise, through an empathic entry into the subjective inner world of the angry or enraged individual rather than through direct confrontations. Empathic entry leads the therapist to the sources of anger, often precipitated by inadvertent, unempathic responses in the therapeutic encounter. Accepting nonjudgmentally, understanding uncritically, and explaining patiently the meaning and origin of the anger may lead to the amelioration of the vulnerability that gives rise to the anger.
P H Ornstein
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of clinical psychology     Volume:  55     ISSN:  0021-9762     ISO Abbreviation:  J Clin Psychol     Publication Date:  1999 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-06-09     Completed Date:  1999-06-09     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0217132     Medline TA:  J Clin Psychol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  283-93     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine, OH 45267, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aggression / psychology
Hypertension / psychology
Middle Aged
Professional-Patient Relations
Psychoanalytic Therapy* / education
Self Concept
Self Psychology*
Transference (Psychology)

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