|Solomon, R.Z. (1992). The Psychoanalytic Core. Essays in Honor of Leo Rangell, M.D.: Edited by Harold P. Blum, M.D., Edward M. Weinshel, M.D., and F. Robert Rodman, M.D. Madison, CT: International Universities Press, Inc., 1989. 536 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 61:449-453.|
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(1992). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 61:449-453
The Psychoanalytic Core. Essays in Honor of Leo Rangell, M.D.: Edited by Harold P. Blum, M.D., Edward M. Weinshel, M.D., and F. Robert Rodman, M.D. Madison, CT: International Universities Press, Inc., 1989. 536 pp.
The essays in this volume, written to honor Dr. , are a fitting tribute to the man and his important and unique contribution to . They reflect his warmth and as a man and his curiosity, intelligence, and dedication as an investigator of the human psyche.
The first essay is a personal memoir by Jacob Arlow who nostalgically recounts experiences which he and shared when they were house officers at the same hospital. Though they later settled on either coast of the United States, their friendship has persisted, cemented as it is by their devotion to .
Robert Rodman presents a condensed overview of Rangell's work in an essay entitled " and the Integrity of ." The title is felicitous, as it characterizes Rangell's approach to his life and work and indicates his interest in the of integrity, about which he has written and spoken at length. Closely related to Rangell's interest in integrity is his with . The resolution of involves decision making and choice. To choose is to give up and lose the alternative. Inconsolability can be a response to loss. Edward Weinshel's article on inconsolability elucidates what is known of the and points to areas that require further exploration.
points out that , like , are compromise formations and require analysis. He rejects the idea, accepted by some analysts, that are unimportant. The dismissal of , Brenner believes, is an overreaction to an earlier excessive focus on that disregarded the and genetic issues behind them. are compromise formations. Their analysis can yield valuable information.
Contrary to the belief of some analysts that events contribute little of importance to therapeutic , Marjorie Harley demonstrates the significance of the distorted ego and which can result from excessive
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