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The Metaphor of a Play: Origin And Breakdown Of Personal Being Hardcover – September 29, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-1583919668 ISBN-10: 158391966X Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 3 edition (September 29, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158391966X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583919668
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,532,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In my Opinion The metaphor of play is a profoundly important book by one of the greatest contemporary thinkers and researchers in the field of psychotherapy. - Dougal Steel, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry

About the Author

Russell Meares is Emeritus Professor of Psychitary at the University of Sydney and leads a program at Westmead Hospital, Sydney for the treatment of, and research into, borderline personality.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brent H. Barnett on August 17, 2010
Format: Paperback
Meares does an admirable job of communicating, discretely and elegantly, sophisticated ideas regarding the formation of identity in young children and how toys are important to the growth of the child when in the borderline states which precede clear self-boundary awareness.

To the people at Amazon----please remove the ridiculous review criticizing Dr Meares's personal life. I don't know Russell Meares and I will never meet him but such an opinion is clearly inappropriate and should have been removed long ago. You have several recorded statements to that effect.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven Cassel on February 2, 2012
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This book focuses and illuminates the concept of "personal agency" in great depth. This volume elaborate in fine detail one of the key elements of the therapeutic dialogue with tact, sensitivity, and clarity. It's concepts can be applied with most patient's. This is a must read for psychoanalytically oriented therapists.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anabel Formosa on November 24, 2012
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Great introduction to go with The Cnversational Model form of Psychotherapy.
Prof Meares writes exceptionally well.
Highly recommended for those who are interesed in pschotherapy
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I am a psychotherapist and work using conversational model. I would not work in any other way with particularly disturbed individuals. The model considers the person from all aspects with a particular focus on the core of their being, which is, and I agree, their affective core. There is so much jibber jabber in the field of psychotherapy/ counselling but there is none in this book. I am a better therapist and better person thanks to Meares and Hobson.
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2 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 11, 2003
Format: Hardcover
What's hysterical is how badly this guy botched the raising of his own children, his daughter in particular, who suffered one of the most severe (& documented) cases of adolescent anorexia in present day Australia. And presently suffering from alcoholism, though in major denial, and in the process, subjecting her own daughter to overly dramatic (& disturbing) episodes, as well as neglect due to the parent's self-absorption, resulting in multiple instances of abandonement of said child.
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