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Authors: Keinänen, Matti (Finnish Student Health Service) 
Book Description:
The aim of this book is to study the mind–body continuum from the viewpoint of psychosemiosis. Psychosemiosis means that the human mind emerges and develops using a coding method of signs in mutual interaction with the significant others (usually in relation to parents of a child). The author developed a four-stage symbolization-reflectiveness model to study the psychosemiotic process and its evolution in the human mind.
If the development of the psychosemiotic process is inhibited and/or disturbed, mental health disorders are the consequence. The inhibited and/or disturbed psychosemiotic process may be initiated again in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. This book examines the development of the personality of university students from the viewpoint of psychosemiosis.
The aim is to show that:
1. Psychosemiosis offers a key to understanding the dilemma between the human body and mind; 2. The human mind emerges as the development of psychosemiosis which means that the human mind binds the emotionally meaningful interaction with significant others by means of the coding system of signs; 3. The four-stage symbolization-reflectiveness model is suitable for the study of the psychosemiotic process and its evolution in the human mind; 4. Psychoanalytic psychotherapy has a curative effect on the development of the psychosemiotic process in the human mind.

Table of Contents:
Foreword (Yrjo O. Alanen);

Foreword (Johannes Lehtonen);




Clinical Illustrations of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy;

Chapter 1. The Evolution of the Psychosemiosis in the Psychic Development of the Child; pp. 13-24

Chapter 2. The Meaning of the Symbolic Function in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Clinical Theory and Psychotherapeutic Applications; pp. 25-39

Chapter 3. On Symbolic Function and its Role in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy; pp. 41-59

Chapter 4. Internalization and Symbolization in the Process of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: A Case Study; pp. 61-73

Chapter 5. The Evolution of the Internal Dialogue during the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Process; pp. 75-88

Chapter 6. Charles Peirce´s Sign Terminology, Psychosemiosis and Psychotherapy: A Clinical Approach; pp. 89-109

Chapter 7. The Transformation of the Internal Dead Mother into the Internal Living Mother in the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy of Anorexia Nervosa; pp. 111-123

Chapter 8. A Voice of Despair: A Case Presentation of Jane with Unstable Personality Disorder; pp. 125-131

Chapter 9. An Advanced Specialist-Level Training Programme in Psychodynamic Individual Psychotherapy of Psychotic and Borderline Patients: The Finnish Approach; pp. 133-148

Chapter 10. The Cooperation of Mental Health Professionals and Doctors in Balint-Group Supervision; pp. 149-156

Discussion and Conclusions; pp. 157-177




   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2005
   ISBN: 1-59454-381-X
   Status: AV
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