This book examines the tension, caused by the conflict between poise and catastrophe, in the therapeutic relationship. It emphasizes positive contributions to growth of self made by seemingly pathological or disruptive movements within the therapy situation.

chapter 1|8 pages

Abstinence and the Schizoid Ego

chapter 2|12 pages

Psychopathy and Individuation

chapter 3|4 pages

The Recoil on Having Another Person

chapter 4|17 pages

Working with “Unwanted” Patients

chapter 5|5 pages

Breathing and Identity

chapter 6|12 pages

The Significance of the Face

chapter 7|15 pages

Instinctual Fantasy and Ideal Images

chapter 10|4 pages

Soft and Hard Qualities

chapter 12|8 pages

Guntrip’s Analysis with Winnicott

chapter 13|9 pages

Breaking the Frame: Stopping the World

chapter 14|20 pages

Dual Union or Undifferentiation?

chapter 16|29 pages

Demonized Aspects of the Self

chapter 17|15 pages

Between Catastrophe and Faith

chapter 18|10 pages


chapter 19|6 pages


chapter 20|15 pages