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The Wisdom of the Ego

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Something horrible happens, and our minds play tricks on us, tell us that it never happened, that it occurred differently, or isn't quite what it seems. Such trickery, the psychiatrist George Vaillant tells us, is actually healthy. What's more, it can reveal the mind at its most creative and mature, soothing and protecting us in the face of unbearable reality, managing the ...more
Hardcover, 394 pages
Published January 1st 1993 by Harvard University Press
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Blaine
Dec 18, 2012 Blaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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All Buddhists should read this book. The ego is not the source of all your problems, rather, it is how you are able to do Buddhism in the first place. More later.
Lisa P.
Dec 29, 2013 Lisa P. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book about defense mechanisms and development. Using real life examples, Vaillant shows how it is possible to move from immature defenses to more mature defenses that allow us to live successful lives, finding intimacy, career consolidation and generativity. His work is based on a 50 year survey of real people. A life long study that shows how childhood affected later life in 3 groups of people.
Peg
Jan 12, 2010 Peg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The human ego,like the human immune system continues to provide us with better therapy than the best-trained physician or the most up-to-date pharmacy. We all must learn to understand and work with this powerful ally." Easier said than done George :)
Joe Falchetto
Apr 26, 2011 Joe Falchetto rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un libro che può cambiare lo stile di vita di una persona 'disorganizzata', solo perché può dimostrare che la creatività ben si può conciliare con l'organizzazione, anzi la può favorire.
Shannon
Jan 04, 2010 Shannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredibly thought-provoking!
Christina
Oct 08, 2015 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The first few chapters, where he explains the defense mechanisms, are classic. I found the rest of the book (after chapter 4) less useful.
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Mar 24, 2008 Ste1334vyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
although most of the readings in my grad. program suck, this was excellent.
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This book will continue to serve as a reference and a reminder of the complexities of human development.
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George Eman Vaillant, M.D., born 1934, is an American psychiatrist and Professor at Harvard Medical School and Director of Research for the Department of Psychiatry, Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Vaillant has spent his research career charting adult development and the recovery process of schizophrenia, heroin addiction, alcoholism, and personality disorder. Through 2003, he spent 30 years as Dire
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