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Lister, M. (2014). Revenge through a Looking Glass. Brit. J. Psychother., 30(3):372-383.

(2014). British Journal of Psychotherapy, 30(3):372-383

Culture and the Inner World

Revenge through a Looking Glass

Mary Lister

The author discusses the concept of revenge from a number of different angles. She suggests that it is useful to separate revenge from the broader terms of aggression and hostility. Her two clinical examples are illustrations of revenge that is overt, obvious and acted upon, or that is repressed and covert. Working in settings where revenge is acted out can prepare the analytical therapist for the rawness and violence of such feelings and phantasies in the consulting room. The desire for revenge is a common feeling which is not always pathological and is a more frequent occurrence in therapy than is widely recognized.

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