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Jerome S. Blackman, M.D., is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Eastern Virginia Medical School and a training civilian supervisor and consultant to the faculty at the Naval Medical Center Department of Psychiatry in Portsmouth, Virginia.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (December 12, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415946956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415946957
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #520,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By James Henry Nunn Jr. on April 27, 2008
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As a beginner in the study of Freudian concepts I found this book very helpful with its comprehensive list of defenses and their approximate order of appearance. A few of the defenses however have rather ellusive definitions that might be reviewed in future editions.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Markus Youssef on August 29, 2012
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"If we grow, we will never be what Mommy or Daddy wants us to be, and we will never get their love." (Lloyd Demause) The first half of this book lists some of the methods we adopt to maintain the inner status quo. For example, a person may be dramatic in order to avoid the possibility of anxiety from surfacing in the event of being ignored (defense #67). Complaining can take place because it's easier to do than be reminded of what happened in the past (defense #71). We may avoid taking pleasure in certain hobbies because they may be "linked with painful memories of a lost loved one. The interest (activity) can then be shut off as a defense against mourning" (defense #48). At times we may find it hard to wait "because we associate it with passivity, with its attendant vulnerability to victimization" (defense #64). Bullies identify with whoever bullied them and then turn around and bully others in order to not feel their anger over being bullied in the first place (defense #35). The second half of the book is for professionals dealing with a very small percentage of people. But the first half is well worth the price of the book. It's a nice dictionary/reference for understanding ourselves and others, and if reading it is too painful you can always employ defenses 50 (devaluation), 42 (rationalization) and 51 (humour).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By José Cornejo on October 14, 2012
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The first part does show a lot of examples. The second part may be interesting for psychoanalitic therapists. As a CBT therapist, it is useful to know the important contributions of the Psychodynamic theory. I think that besides the 101 concepts (which some I consider repetitive) the main idea well shown in this book is that subconcious material is vast and much more important than reasoned emotions and ideas. Eventhough it is difficult for CBT to aproach this, it's undoubtful that most of our actions are obscure and unknown.
Ps. It's way more about subconscious mechanisms than subconscious defenses.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kris on October 30, 2012
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This book was purchased so i could develop a quick crash course in human behavior for my ROP class. Found it to be a great resource, and the students were able to gain greater insights to themselves as well as others.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jon Frederickson on March 18, 2013
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The topic of defense analysis has been written about a great deal, but the reader is often left wondering, "What did he say to the patient?" "Ok, I get that the defense is intellectualization, but how does he deal with it?" This book shows what Blackman would say and how he would intervene. He has the gift of summarizing a tremendous amount of information on defense and offering it in distilled bits that are very understandable to therapists of any theoretical persuasion. Since he focuses only on defenses, he does not really have any theoretical ax to grind. He just says, "Here's a problem we run into. Here's one way to address it." The brilliance of this work can be easily missed because the author has a gift for taking complex concepts and problems and showing the simplicity at their core and writing very clearly about them. As someone who has taught psychotherapy courses for 25 years, I found this book to be most impressive. It deserves a place on every therapist's book shelf.

Jon Frederickson, MSW, Author of "Co-Creating Change: Effective Dynamic Therapy Techniques."
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