The defensive organization of the personality in affective disorders and investigation of its dynamic during a psychoanalytic interview

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Abstract

The article describes a psychoanalytically-informed study of the defense organization of the personality of patients with affective disorders during a psychoanalytic interview. The authors propose their definition of the defensive organization and a typology of mental dispositions which helps to conduct a clinical and empirical investigation of the dynamic of the defensive organization of patients with psychotic and affective disorders. Using the method of configuration analysis and the proposed typology of mental dispositions the authors offer a detailed analysis of the dynamic of the defensive organization of a patient with bipolar affective disorder in the course of two psychodynamic interviews.

General Information

Keywords: defensive organization of the personality, defense mechanisms, affective disorders, psychoses, psychoanalytic interview, configuration analysis

Journal rubric: Therapevtic Community

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Kadyrov I.M., Оksimetz A.A. The defensive organization of the personality in affective disorders and investigation of its dynamic during a psychoanalytic interview . Konsul'tativnaya psikhologiya i psikhoterapiya = Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy, 2011. Vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 109–136. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Information About the Authors

Igor M. Kadyrov, PhD in Psychology, Assistant Professor at the Psychology Faculty of the Lomonosov State University. Member of the Editorial Council of the "Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy" Journal. President of the Moscow Psychoanalitic Society. Member of the International Psychoanalitic Association, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Associate Professor, President of the Moscow Psychoanalytic Society, member of the International Psychoanalytic Association (IRA), member of the editorial board of the scientific journal “Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy”, Moscow, Russia, e-mail: kim@psychoanalysis-mps.ru

A. A. Оksimetz, Moscow, Russia, e-mail: 1sasha@bk.ru

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