alexa The Thrill-Kill Zone: Some Thoughts on the Psychodynamics of Addictive Behaviors

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The Thrill-Kill Zone: Some Thoughts on the Psychodynamics of Addictive Behaviors

Approaching the subject of addiction from a psychoanalytical perspective remains, in many senses, a highly controversial issue. The forces that direct themselves against the clinician who chooses such an approach emanate not only from the fairly obvious opponents of psychoanalysis-organic psychiatry, behaviorists, cognitive theorists etc., but also, more directly, from within the broader psychoanalytical fraternity. The historical antecedents of this resistance towards psychoanalytically exploring or treating the addictions has been well rehearsed within the literature and emphasis is, understandably, directed towards Freud’s own early enthusiasm for cocaine and his lifelong addiction to tobacco. In addition, with some notable exceptions, the first generation of analysts tended to avoid the addictions, given the unpredictability of these patients, their propensity to acting out and the apparent chronic instability of transference dynamics.

The Thrill-Kill Zone: Some Thoughts on the Psychodynamics of Addictive Behaviors

 
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