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Bernstein, W.E. (1996). Rage, Power, And Aggression. Edited. By Robert A. Glick, M.D. and Steven P. Roose, M.D. New Haven/London: Yale University Press, 1993. 269 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 65:416-421.
(1996). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 65:416-421
Rage, Power, And Aggression. Edited. By Robert A. Glick, M.D. and Steven P. Roose, M.D. New Haven/London: Yale University Press, 1993. 269 pp.
Review by: William E. Bernstein
This book is the second in a series from the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. It is a collection of thirteen papers by fifteen authors that represents an attempt to lend further clarity to our definitions and meanings of the so-called “negative” affects. In her introduction, Ethel Person highlights the phylogenetic and ontogenetic functions aggression serves in the regulation of social interactions as well as in the regulation of selfesteem.
The papers explore hypotheses derived from the clinical situation with adults, child observation, brain sciences, ethology, political science, religion, and gender studies. This is a broad representation of vantage points to speculate on the origins, development, meanings, and manifold expressions of aggression.
Most of the writers take seriously their responsibility to define what they mean when they use terms like aggression, aggressive drive (derivatives), irritation, assertiveness, ambition, anger, rage, hate, hostility, sadomasochism, temper tantrums, and power, for example. And for good reasons. The meanings of most, if not all, of these words are not commonly shared. When it comes to the meanings of rage, one questions if qualifiers such as narcissistic rage and murderous rage are necessary.
The first section of the book studies aggression as observed in the clinical situation. The chapters contain contributions by Roy Schafer, Ethel Person, Helen Meyers, Otto Kernberg, Lucy LaFarge and Paul and Anna Ornstein.
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