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Hunt, P. Daines, B. (2004). Defensive Processes Enacted through Mountaineering and Their Impact on Climbers. Brit. J. Psychother., 20(4):441-452.

(2004). British Journal of Psychotherapy, 20(4):441-452

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Defensive Processes Enacted through Mountaineering and Their Impact on Climbers

Pat Hunt and Brian Daines

This paper looks at the split-off nature of climbing for those who practise extreme mountaineering, and for whom climbing is a way of life. The regressive processes and idealization involved in this are explored. In particular, the breakdown of idealization at the point where the possibility of death has to be faced is discussed. The impact on close relationship is outlined and conclusions drawn about the main underlying object-relation processes operating in climbers.

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