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Victimhood, Vengefulness, and the Culture of Forgiveness
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Authors: Ivan Urlic (School of Medicine, University of Split, Croatia), Miriam Berger (Israeli Institute of Group Analysis) and Avi Berman (Tel- Aviv Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis) 
Book Description:
Victimhood, vengefulness and forgiveness are topics which are strongly felt in the everyday lives of many people but not investigated enough as subjects for psychoanalytic methods. In the case of victimhood, people may feel that suffering may be abused to the point of exempt of concern for others and self-justification of causing suffering to others. This form of abuse may arise guilt and/or anger and in some cases may result in no-win situations in which mutual aggression prevents any possibility of reconciliation. In the case of vengefulness, wishes for revenge might evoke fear, anger and moral indignation which eventually might push some people towards acting out vengefulness in a destructive way. Forgiveness might be suspected as an impossible illusion which undermines constructive vision and learning from experience. By writing this book the authors try to make these concepts acknowledged, understood dynamically and accepted emphatically. Victimhood, vengefulness and forgiveness represent a course of transformation from destructive emotions and attitudes to a prospect of reconciliation. (Imprint: Novinka)

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Table of Contents:
Preface pp. xviii

Introduction: Personal Motivations or How this Book Came into Being?

About the Editors

Part One (Avi Berman)

Chapter 1. Post-traumatic Victimhood: Between Recovery and Fixation pp. 3-21

Chapter 2. Post-traumatic Victimhood: Psychoanalytic perspective. pp. 23-44

Chapter 3. Social and National Victimhood: The Sociopolitical Aspect pp. 45-62

Part Two (Miriam Berger)pp. 63-64

Chapter 4. Vengefulness as a Discredited Emotion pp. 65-88

Chapter 5. Vengeful Wishes: What are They About? The Communicative Function of Vengefulness pp. 89-110

Chapter 6. "Am I My Brother's Keeper": Vengefulness as a Link Towards Reconnecting pp. 111-134

Part Three (Ivan Urlic) pp. 135-136

Chapter 7. To Live with Enemies and the "Impossible" Task to Think on Forgiveness pp. 137-158

Chapter 8. Mourning and Forgiveness as Parts of a Healing Process pp. 159-188

Chapter 9. On the Culture of Forgiveness as Essential for Reconciliation pp. 189-208

Index pp. 209-223

      Psychiatry - Theory, Applications and Treatments
   Binding: Softcover
   Pub. Date: 2013
   Pages: 241, 7 x 10 (NBC - C)
   ISBN: 978-1-62257-781-1
   Status: AV
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PP Page Proofs
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EP Editorial Production
PR At Prepress
AP At Press
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