Adolescent Breakdown and Beyond by Moses Laufer

By Moses Laufer

This is often the second one monograph released via Karnac Books on behalf of the Brent Adolescent Centre/Centre for study into Adolescent Breakdown. Drawing at the Centre's distinctive pool of craftsmanship within the box, it comprises papers giving up to date psychodynamic views on adolescent breakdown via top medical specialists. those conceal quite a number issues, similar to the differing advancements in female and male teens, and the actual difficulties of psychotherapeutic intervention with them. it is also the complaints of a convention at the topic held in October 1995. right here the problems of adolescent breakdown are mentioned within the wider context which staff within the worrying professions needs to give some thought to. total, the publication offers a concise, modern assessment of a subject whose value is more and more being famous either in and out the psychotherapeutic community.

Contributors:
Anthony Bateman, Debbie Bandler Bellman, Gabrielle Crockatt, Maxim de Sauma, Domenico di Ceglie, Sara Flanders, Maurice H. Friedman, Christopher Gibson, Kevin Healy, M. Egle Laufer, Kamil Mehra, Joan Schachter, Nicholas Temple, Peter Wilson

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This sounds like the common story of the weak man who allows himself to be bullied at work and goes home and strikes his wife; but in John's case it could easily have appeared as if he was just reacting to the teacher and showing him that, now that he was an adult, he could not be bothered to learn any more. * ** We now continue with a more detailed description of how the mind of an adolescent functions in his efforts to change the rela­ tionship to the parents. The processes we are about to describe are, of course, part of normal development, but we also want to indicate at what point one should begin to suspect that normal development is not taking place.

On discussing it with us, we felt that it might not be the teacher or the college John was fed up with; there might be other problems. The following week, the teacher told the group that he had talked to John and had learned that he was having a hard time at work because the foreman was a bully who seemed to enjoy frightening the new apprentices. One could then understand John's behaviour at college as having more to do with his feel­ ings at work than any real attack on the teacher. John felt bewil­ dered and frightened at suddenly being in a situation where he had to be careful to control his temper and not answer back for fear of what the foreman could do to him; the feeling of having to tolerate this situation passively had made him very tense and anxious.

This fact is of special importance in determining whether the girl is able to accept her new image of herself or whether she feels anxious or guilty and as if she is being forced by her body into accepting her femaleness. The reality of being in the position to compete with one's own mother in being attractive to men, or of being able to bear children, may make a girl feel frightened that she is making her mother jealous of her, or make her feel as if she is taking a vital power away from, and thereby destroying, her mother.

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