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Errant Selves by Arnold I. Goldberg

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Introduction

This book evolved over time. A group of analysts was formed in order to collect and study cases of perversions, delinquencies, and addictions for a casebook. We met to discuss these cases, and we hoped ultimately to publish the clinical data we felt were all of a piece, that is, the cases in which behavior disorders shared similar characteristics, a similarity that deserved a detailed presentation. One of the features common to all cases was that the noteworthy behavior (of whatever sort) served primarily to ward off or obliterate painful affects or states of dysphoria, and in doing so to make for a feeling of self-strength or consolidation. Just as a long run for exercise or a comic movie for fun helps one temporarily both to forget ...

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