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Playing with Dynamite: A Personal Approach to the Psychoanalytic Understanding of Perversions, Violence, and Criminality (The Forensic Psychotherapy Monograph Series) [Paperback]

Estela V. Welldon
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15 April 2011 1855757427 978-1855757424
Estela Welldon brings together a generous selection derived from her many literary gems, in which she illustrates her groundbreaking-and sometimes explosive-studies of female sexuality and perversions, perverse transference, malignant bonding, perverse motherhood, and the impact upon children of viewing domestic violence. Along with these are vivid descriptions of group analytic psychotherapy with forensic patients and, uniquely, of the joint group treatment of incest survivors and perpetrators. She also outlines the development of forensic psychotherapy as a new field of clinical and academic endeavour and her involvement in this. In a series of interviews with Brett Kahr she describes her professional journey, from being trained by Horacio Etchegoyen in her native Argentina, followed by an eye-opening period at the Menninger Clinic, then eventually to London and a distinguished career at the Portman Clinic.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Karnac Books (15 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855757427
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855757424
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 528,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Playing with Dynamite' is the best possible authoritative work anybody engaged in the stressful and dangerous field of forensic psychotherapy could wish for. Estela Welldon's depth of insight and intelligent humane responses shine through on every page. She reveals a lifelong history of insight, thoughtfulness, and creativity, illustrated by numerous case histories, references, and technical formulations. This will be the definitive work in the field for the foreseeable future. --Anton Obholzer, fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, psychoanalyst, formerly director Tavistock and Portman Clinics, London

Describing an experience of racism in the USA where she was working, Estela Welldon, as an aside, comments that her lifelong preoccupation has been with social injustice, itself the cause of much of the violence and deviance we see in the world around us. I believe it is her passion for social justice that informs and transforms her work and makes 'Playing with Dynamite' a profound and profoundly important book. Through the active passion within the compassion of her extraordinarily extensive clinical work and her determination to grasp it analytically, a very different and crucial perspective transpires. Abused or abuser, criminal or victim, Estela Welldon forces us to understand what is happening in these acts as a first stage in trying to change the fact that we are all participants in the inhumanity of the human species, of what man (and woman) has done and is doing to man and woman and child. --Juliet Mitchell

Estela Welldon has taught a whole generation of clinicians to question their idealization of the mother child relation. In this superb new study, she challenges both popular and professional preconceptions about perversion, violence, and crime. Drawing on years of research and clinical practice, she shows us the importance of thinking before blaming, and gives us the clinical and conceptual tools to do so. A brave and deeply humane work, this invites us to go beyond gut moralism and to enter the minds of those it is always easier to incarcerate than to understand. --Darian Leader

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Dr Estela V. Welldon, MD, HonDSc, FRCPsych, is an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy at Tavistock and Portman NHS Clinics. She is the Founder and the Honorary Life President of the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy. In 1997, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Science by Oxford Brookes University. Estela works privately as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and organizational consultant. She is a Member of the British Association for Psychotherapy, the British Psychoanalytic Council, the Institute of Group Analysis, the American Group Psychotherapy Association and the International Association for Group Psychotherapy. She is the author of Mother, Madonna, Whore: The Idealization and Denigration of Motherhood (1988) and Sadomasochism (2002) and is the main editor of A Practical Guide to Forensic Psychotherapy (1997).

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3.0 out of 5 stars Fair to middling 11 May 2014
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Not an easy read,sporadically useful,with striking insights buried,as is usual with psychoanalytic and psychotherapeutic books & articles even,in the midst of a lot of circumstantial detail.Recommended to those who have a lot of time to spare.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Provokes thought 6 Sep 2013
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Captivating account, and compelling and convincing evidence for the need to have a psychoanalytic perspective in play in this complex arena.
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